Wolverhampton racecourse is one of just a few courses in the UK that has an artificial surface, but it allows the West Midlands track to host meetings all year round.
The track is set in 22 acres of grassland in Dunstall Park and is the busiest racecourse in the country, hosting 110 fixtures throughout the year.
Runners used to run on Fibresand, but in 2004 the track was redeveloped and runners competed on Polytrack only. In 2014, organisers changed their policy once again, moving to a Tapeta surface.
Here's our guide to Wolverhampton racecourse.
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The heartbeat of British racing, it has often been said that the emphasis on racing at Wolverhampton is quantity rather than quality, but some useful runners have caught the eye on the all-weather track.
Both Conduit and Muhannak won at Wolverhampton before then going on to win the Breeders' Cup, while Toast Of New York finished second in the Grade three Lukas Classic Stakes.
Wolverhampton may not host several high-profile races, but it is a crucial cog in the British horse racing sphere.
The track made history in 1993, hosting the first evening horse race under floodlights and that is now common nature for the course.
Plans have been drafted to build the UK's first "racino", meaning there would be an on-site casino on site, but so far they have yet to come to fruition, although that would boost the experience for racegoers.
Both the Lady Wulfrana Stakes and Lincoln Trial, Wolverhampton's biggest races, take place on the same day and carry the same amount of prize money.
The all-weather course forms a flat, left-handed oval circuit of just under a mile in length. That means jockeys spending a long time taking corners, as both straights are relatively short.
That means positioning is vital, so riders try to burst out of the stalls in order to get into prime position before the business end of the race.
Due to the course layout, there is a draw bias for horses drawn low up to one mile.
Due to its central location within the UK, Wolverhampton Racecourse is accessible for most and, due to the fact it hosts so many cards, it means visitors can often plan a day or evening at the track.
Wolverhampton train station is well connected and is only two miles away from the racecourse, but those who do not fancy the walk can use the bus services that are available.
Many evening meetings are also followed by live music performances and that attracts families as well as keen racing fans.
Their Boxing Day meeting is often one of the most popular attended across the festive period.