Taunton racecourse with the Blackdown Hills in the background.
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Taunton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Orchard Portman, just outside Taunton, Somerset, England.
Although racing had been held in the area previously, the first race at the present site was held on 21 September 1927. It was the last new racecourse to open in Great Britain until Great Leighs staged its first meeting in April 2008.
The course is close to the Blackdown Hills and about 2 miles (3 km) from the centre of Taunton.
Taunton is a sharp track, sausage shaped with long straights and two tight bends.
When the neighbouring M5 motorway cutting was dug out, much of the earth removed was used to build up the racecourse, particularly the bends. This can be seen from the neighbouring villages of Shoreditch and Orchard Portman.
The track is built on the site of large 17th century mansion, owned by the Portman family. All that remains of this huge building is the church, clearly visible on the backstretch.
The stands are called the Orchard Stand, Paddock Stand (which is the members enclosure) and the newer AP McCoy stand, which provide catering facilities and are used for meetings and conferences on days when racing is not taking place.
- ↑ "Taunton". GG.com. http://www.gg.com/taunton. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Course History". Taunton Racecourse. http://www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk/index.php?page=course-history. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- ↑ "Course Map". Taunton Racecourse. http://www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk/index.php?page=racecourse-map. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
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