A day out at the races is enjoyed by many Islanders as there are a number of horse racing tracks on the mainland of the UK close to the Isle of Wight.

Here is a look at three of the best meetings which are easily accessible and can offer you a fantastic afternoon.

Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood is a huge horse racing meeting on the British calendar. The annual event in July/August takes place at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world.

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Goodwood can be found five miles north of Chichester in West Sussex. On a clear day, the Isle of Wight can be seen from the course, one of the many spectacular views the racecourse offers.

Unlike many meetings, Glorious Goodwood is also about fashion and the social aspect of the day. Racegoers are encouraged to dress up, while hospitality packages are extremely popular if you want to splash out on the day.

At Glorious Goodwood the best horses from around the world feature in their respective divisions. You can keep an eye on page of today’s horse racing results to see which horses are putting themselves in contention for the fantastic annual meeting in the summer.

Southern National – Fontwell

If you prefer National Hunt racing rather than the action on the Flat, the Southern National at Fontwell should definitely be on your list of meetings to attend. The West Sussex racecourse is the closest to the Isle of Wight in the mainland UK and very easy to get to.

Run in November, the Southern National is Fontwell’s biggest meeting of the year. It attracts the best horses, jockeys and trainers in pursuit of the top prize in the 3m3f contest over fences.

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In 2019 the race was won by One Of Us for trainer Nick Williams. The seven-year-old outstayed his rivals in the latter stages of the gruelling contest. He could return in 2020 in a bid to retain his crown at the Sussex course.

Kingwell Hurdle – Wincanton

Wincanton is another racecourse which is a short drive away from the Isle of Wight. One of its biggest meetings of the year comes in February with the Kingwell Hurdle.

The Grade Two contest is a trial for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, therefore, it attracts a strong field. Katchit was the last horse to win this race and then prevail in the premier hurdle contest at Cheltenham in 2008.

If you are looking to have a bet on the Kingwell Hurdle, it helps to have a read through the latest racing tips which will hopefully help steer you towards a winner in the race or on the rest of the card.

February is a great time of the year to watch National Hunt racing as it is at the business end of the season. Many of the leading trainers look to have their horses at their very peak around this period.

Before planning your next trip at the races, have a quick look on the venue’s official website to find out everything you need to know when it comes to tickets and timings on the day.

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