Chester Racecourse Guide

Placing a bet on Chester Racecourse events has never been easier at Bet UK thanks to our ultra-fast sportsbook, which delivers live odds, streaming and quick payouts from this historic course.

There aren’t many sporting venues in the world to claim being almost 500 years old. Horse racing has taken place at Chester for centuries and these days it remains a go-to destination for horse racing betting fans.

In this brief guide we’ll explain everything you need to know about Chester Racecourse, from live streaming through to the biggest events of the year!

Chester Racecourse betting

You can bet on Chester horse racing at Bet UK. Our sportsbook features odds for every Chester race of the year, from spring all the way through to the Season Finale in October. Chester has its own bunch of on-course bookies but often the odds at Bet UK beat what you can access in-person.

To bet on Chester horse racing, first you need to sign into your Bet UK account or set up a profile. Make sure your account is charged and you’ve taken advantage of any promotions, before heading to the Bet UK horse racing pages. You’ll find all upcoming Chester races for the next couple of days, and you can place your bets in the ante-post and live markets.

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Biggest races at Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse is a course that runs during the Flat season from spring to autumn, and so doesn’t involve jumps. Here are some of the biggest races to take place at the racecourse Chester each year, which all come at the Chester Festival each May:

  • Cheshire Oaks – Listed
  • Chester Vase – Group 3
  • Ormonde Stakes – Group 3
  • Dee Stakes – Listed
  • Huxley Stakes – Group 2
  • Chester Cup – Handicap

The Chester Cup is the biggest race at Chester Racecourse, and carries a £151,000 purse. It has run since 1824 over a distance of 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 147 yards.

Chester Racecourse map

Chester race course has a wealth of facilities that run either side of the course. There are plenty of VIP boxes, bars and betting facilities, and the Festival Village opens during the Chester Festival. Here's a map of Chester Racecourse, including the gate entrances for ticket holders.

Chester Racecourse is a circular circuit, which is penned into the bottom on the city, just beyond the old city walls. This, along with the banks of the River Dee, shape two thirds of the circuit. Top class horses to win at Chester include Shergar, Enable, Light Shift and Noble Mission.

Live Chester Racecourse betting

You can bet live on horse racing from Chester Racecourse here at Bet UK. Our live odds react to betting activity, late changes to the racecard, and plenty of other updates within the Bet UK sportsbook. It means you can time your wagers to perfection and nail the best odds. Bet on either the current odds or the Starting Price, opt for an Each Way bet, and create intricate wagers such as forecasts and tricasts.

Best Chester Racecourse bets

Chester is a very good racecourse to bet on thanks to its general medium standard of races, and small group numbers. Most races at Chester feature between six and eight horses over the course of the Flat season, and usually there are one or two big favourites.

This is perfect for betting on the big boys and eking out small profits from near-banker bets. Here are some Chester racing tips to consider over the course of the season:

Back the favourites – Small-field races on Flat usually favour the short-odds horses because there are few variables in their way to stop them winning.

Read the racecard – If a horse only ran a few days ago and didn't fare too well then they’re unlikely to impress here, assuming they’re racing at a similar standard.

Check the handicaps – Be sure to look at the handicaps during Chester races, as some horses will be well positioned to impress with less weight.

Monitor the odds – You don’t have to place a bet immediately. At Bet UK you can come back to the racecard and see the trends in the odds, and figure out which horse may be drifting and which may be coming in. This can help you make a more informed decision on which horse to back.

How to live stream Chester racing

You can live stream all races from Chester Racecourse right here at Bet UK. Simply log into your account and place a bet on an upcoming race. This will then give you exclusive access to our live stream of the race, which you can follow online or via the Bet UK app!

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