Chester Racecourse is thrilled to announce the BHA have released the dates of its 2022 racing calendar.
Racehorses are set to return to the Roodee on Wednesday 4th May as the iconic Boodle’s May Festival begins. In 2021, the Boodle’s May Festival was sadly forced to take place behind closed doors without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so staff and spectators alike are thrilled to see one of Chester’s most renowned meetings be enjoyed by crowds for the first time in 2 years.
Saturday 9th July and Saturday 20th August will make the most of the Great British summer, with two of Chester’s busiest race days of the season, City Plate Day and Ladies Day respectively.
2022’s racing season will then later see the return of its September Season Finale. 2021’s Season Finale is set to close the season on the 2nd October – a month rarely used for racing at Chester.
Specially for 2022, the BHA board have approved a “sixth Flat fixture on a Saturday”. Racecourses chosen for this initiative will “contribute a fee into the BHA Development Fund, which is used to support the programming of races with developmental aims”. Chester Racecourse has been selected to take part in this initiative and will see its one-year only additional fixture take place on Saturday 11th June.
Charlie Liverton – Chief Executive of the Horsemen’s Group – said “the pandemic has been an opportunity for racing to consider new initiatives, including during the compilation of the 2022 Fixture List. We must continue to look at ways of meeting the needs of the horse population, bookmakers and racing fans to ensure that, as a sport, we remain relevant and competitive”.
Information on pricing, race times and hospitality packages will be released in due course.