The racecourse dates back to 1876 when Her Imperial Majesty, Elizabeth the Empress of Austria, stayed at Easton Neston. The empress was a keen rider and passionate about hunting, and enjoyed days with the Duke of Grafton’s foxhounds.
When she arrived at Easton Neston, a steeplechase meeting was held in her honour, which so delighted the Empress she decided to establish a race meeting of her own to be held on Easter Monday 1876.
A course was laid out at Easton Neston park, the day proved such a success that it was decided to hold a race meeting every year at Towcester on Easter Monday. The owner of Easton Neston, Sir Thomas Fermor- Hesketh, formed a committee made up of local landowners and farmers to manage the fixture.
In 1928, the first Lord Hesketh formed the present company and established the race course under National Hunt Rules. Towcester Racecourse has remained in the ownership of the Fermor-Hesketh family ever since.
Towcester Racecourse held its first horse race nearly one hundred years ago and in 2014 embarked on a new era which was when the Towcester Greyhound Track was born. It became one of the first tracks to open since Sittingbourne in 1995. The track is situated on the inside of the jumps course, directly opposite the main grandstand and was opened by Lord Hesketh.
The Northamptonshire course invested £1.5 million on a new track which for the first time puts horse racing and greyhound racing on the same site.
The 420 metre circumference circuit was created by laying down 60,000 tonnes of soil so that the greyhound racing surface met the horse racing home straight at a level setting, resulting in a six-metre rise. The kennels were constructed inside unused horse stables. The distances were 260, 480, 500, 655, 686 and 906 metres. A big screen situated on the home straight is a new feature to greyhound tracks.