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Scattering Ashes at Horse Racing Tracks and Circuits

The following horse racing circuits have provided us with their policy on scattering ashes, the information is kept as up-to-date as possible but beware they do change from time to time and we may not be aware of that:

Aintree: Home of the Grand National – It is possible to scatter funeral ashes at the racecourse.  They ask people to contact Derek Thompson on 0151 522 2937 , who will arrange a time for this to take place at a convenient part of the racecourse.

Alexandra Park – we have discovered that the famous horse racing pundit  John McCririck. and asked that his ashes be scattered at the furlong post. So it looks as if it may be possible.

Ascot: Home of Royal Ascot – They allow cremated ashes to be scattered at Ascot, provided it doesn’t coincide with a racing event.

Cheltenham: Home of the Gold Cup – They do allow the scattering of ashes at Cheltenham Racecourse. There is no charge however there are restrictions as to when they can do this. They don’t permit it during race meetings or either the day before or the day after as that is when the track is being attended to. In March when they have their major Festival meeting they don’t permit the week before and about 2 or three days after that meeting. contact:

Chester: Scattering ashes at Chester Racecourse is done on a request basis, you must contact the course if you wish to do this.  The only area where they allow the scattering of ashes is the open course area which is the public ground in the centre of the course.

Goodwood: Chichester, Sussex. Sadly not quite so Glorious, in their words ” [scattering ashes] is not something Goodwood can do any more.”

Towcester: No comment – contact course

Newton Abbot Races:  Do allow the scattering of ashes at the Racecourse but generally it is for those who have been patrons of the racecourse form many years.

Sandown: allow ashes to be scattered (by appointment). The best way to arrange this is to contact Sandown at or by phone on 01372 464348. They will be put in touch with the right person to arrange an appropriate time.

Stratford-upon-Avon: No comment – contact course

Windsor: It is possible to scatter cremation ashes at the Windsor racecourse but not on the track itself, seating benches can also be dedicated. Please contact Gemma Charrington 01753 498 440 , who will arrange a time for this to take place at a convenient part of the racecourse.

York: Are very supportive of such things and have a great attitude. Funeral ashes tend to be scattered in an area near the finishing post. And you can have a memorial bench in the enclosure too if you so choose. Just contact the club.

Scattering Ashes at Horse Racing Venues

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