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Hamilton Park Racecourse

Hamilton Park racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue in Hamilton, Scotland to the south of Glasgow. It is a flat racing venue, with a season which runs from May to September.

The very first race to take place in Hamilton was in 1782 at a site in Chatelherault, situated just outside the town. By 1785, the course had three racing fixtures and staged jump racing until 1907 when the course was closed.

In 1926, racing moved to their current location on Bothwell Road having raised £100,000 to revive racing. The racecourse opened with a two-day meeting held on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th July 1926, with 30,000 racegoers attending on the Friday, which was greatly exceeded on the Saturday.

The revival of racing at Hamilton Park made it one of the newest courses in the country and became the second course in Lanarkshire – with Lanark Racecourse later closing in 1977.

Hamilton Park is noted for its reputation of mixing good quality racing with glamour and entertainment. Top jockeys like Frankie Dettori have appeared at the racecourse and live music performances from the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Saturdays, The Wanted, Westlife, Heather Small and Tom Jones have helped establish Hamilton Park as a high-profile venue in its area.

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