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.