Which racecourse is situated in Scone Palace Park?
Scone Palace is a stately home situated to the east of the village of Old Scone – historically the capital of the Kingdom of Scotland – and to the north-east of Perth, overlooking the River Tay. The modern palace was completed, in Gothic Revival style, in 1807 and is surrounded by an extensive expanse of parkland, which dates from the Victoria era.
Scone Palace Park is home to Perth Racecourse, which has the distinction of being the northernmost racecourse, of any description, in Britain. Perth Racecourse, which exclusively stages National Hunt racing, consists of a right-handed, flat circuit, 1 mile 2 furlongs in extent, with a long run-in on the steeplechase course.
The first two-day meeting at Perth Racecourse took place on September 23 and 24, 1908. Nowadays, the highlight of the racing year at Perth Racecourse is the season-opening Perth Festival, which is staged over three days in late April each year. Outside the Perth Festival. is the Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup, a handicap chase run over 2 miles 7 furlongs and 180 yards and worth £25,000 in guaranteed prize money. The race is named in honour of a former clerk of the course, who died of cancer in 2018.