Wincanton Racecourse

Wincanton town is located in the beauteous rural area of South Somerset overlooking the gorgeous Blackmore Vale. It is an irresistible setting that most probably prompted huntsmen in the local area to make Wincanton the spot for the yearly Easter Monday horseracing competitions over 200 years ago. Wincanton Racecourse currently hosts nearly 20 races in every winter National Hunt season, which is between the months of October and May.

Wincanton Racecourse History

The first regular racetrack was made in 1800s at Hatherleigh Farm in south west Wincanton and mainly hosted local gentlemen riders, and started hosting national races only in the late 1890s. World War I forced a closure of racing at Hatherleigh, which resulted in financial problems when racing resumed in 1920’s Easter Monday. Lord Stalbridge salvaged Wincanton racing. He also acquired and developed Kingwell Farm where the Wincanton Racecourse currently sits. The first race at the new location was staged in 1927. The Racecourse Holdings Trust bought the Wincanton Racecourse in 1966 from some ten local businesspersons who had took over the operations after Lord Stalbridge relinquished his support.

Wincanton Racecourse Racetrack

The actual racetrack of Wincanton Racecourse has a circumference of one mile and three furlongs. It is run to the right and has small undulations but its rectangular shape makes the corners somewhat sharp. Jumps at Wincanton Racecourse are big and offer a stern test. The steeplechase and hurdles courses provide a considerable test and since the latter are at the end of the race, it provides for a breathtaking close shave finish.

Wincanton Racecourse Highlight Races

The acme in every campaign includes November’s Badger Ales Trophy, Boxing Day’s Lord Stalbridge Memorial Handicap Chase as well as February’s Kingwell Hurdle Day.

Wincanton Racecourse Future

The course is undergoing an expansion program to the tune of 3 million pounds, where amenities and services are upgraded annually, which makes for interesting scenes.

Royal Ascot 2018 Review

The ever exciting Royal Ascot is underway. This prestigious event dates back to the early 1700s and with its royal connections and top racing action, it’s a date in the racing calendar that’s not to be missed. Whether on course enjoying the racing and royal ascot hospitality, or viewing from the comfort of your home, there’s plenty of betting opportunities and high points.

Royal Ascot is definitely the most valuable race meeting in Britain, with prize money of over £7.3 million (2018), and arguably the most famous race meeting in the world. The five-day festival features 30 races, including 18 Group races, eight of which are top flight, or Group One, contests and form part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Let’s cast an eye on some of the highlights so far!

Tuesday, June 19

2.30 Queen Anne Stakes

Named after Queen Anne, who founded Ascot racecourse in 1711, the Queen Anne Stakes is run over a straight mile. The 2018 renewal produced a major shock, with Accidental Agent, at 33/1, beating fellow outsider Lord Glitters, at 20/1, in a driving finish. Interestingly, the winner was the second lowest rated horse in the race, and the runner-up the lowest, according to the BHA handicapper.

3.40 King’s Stand Stakes

The first Group One sprint of the week, the King’s Stand Stakes, has become a popular target for overseas contenders in recent years and, once again, featured runners from France, Ireland and North America. However, Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, took the spoils, staying on to beat Battaash convincingly by 1¾ lengths.

4.20 St. James’s Palace Stakes

The St. James’s Palace Stakes often brings together the winners of the 2,000 Guineas in Britain and Ireland but, while the first three from the Irish 2,000 Guineas did battle once again in 2018, the foremost aspirant from the Newmarket Classic was the second, Tip Two Win. In any event, it was Gustav Klimt, sixth at Newmarket and third at the Curragh, who fared best of the quartet, but despite closing on the winner, Without Parole, towards the finish, was never getting there and eventually went down by half a length.

Wednesday, June 20

4.20 Prince of Wales’s Stakes

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, run over 1 mile 2 furlongs, was supposed to be a “shoo in” for Cracksman, who previously been beaten just twice – in the Derby and the Irish equivalent – in his nine-race career. However, John Gosden’s 4-year-old, who was sent off at 2/5, was never travelling and could only finish second, beaten 2¼ lengths, behind Poet’s Word.

Thursday, June 21

4.20 Gold Cup

The longest Group One race run in Britain, at 2 miles 4 furlongs, the Gold Cup was won, narrowly, by Stradivarius, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. The 7/4 joint favourite, who’d won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in 2017, was reversing previous form with the other joint favourite, Order Of St. George, on their running in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, over 2 miles, at Ascot the previous October.

Warwick

The course is located in the town by the same name within the landlocked county of Warwickshire, England. It is a National Hunt course with 25 major races within a calendar year. Most races in the Jockey Club Racecourses owned track are televised live to audiences.

History

The track has been in the running since 1808, when it was introduced as a flat racing course. It was highly regarded even in those days for its demanding nature, with tricky turns, downhills and uphills that require top skill and concentration from jockeys. Flat racing was replaced by jump racing after August 2014.

The course

Up to 2014, Warwick was a flat type course. After August 4, 2014, the management switched to full time small-jump events, the first of which was held in 2014. They announced a plan to become the top small jump course in the country in a five-year span from then. The decision coincided-and might have been motivated by- the fall of Artful Lady at the course, an accident that necessitated euthanasia. There had been other falls in the recent past from that point, one of which caused an injury to Ryan Moore and caused the jockey to announce he wouldn’t be racing at the track going forward.

The conversion granted Warwick a new identity, and the jump races have brought an upshot in its popularity.

Warwick has a public park feel, especially for locals who usually come here to walk their dogs. There is also a nine-hole golf course and a golf driving range within the course that sits right next to the town center.

Races

The Classic Chase, Leamington Hurdle and Kingmaker Novices’ Chase form Warwick’s headline races. The races are run in January and February. These are grade 2 and 3 races that mostly attract five-year-old plus horses. Jockey Club’s intention is to host 17 jump races at the Warwick every year.