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Taunton Racecourse

Taunton Racecourse, a couple of miles from the Somerset town that shares its name, is a good example of the small, rural jump racing tracks that are the backbone of the winter game.

The sharp right-handed track exemplifies how traditional the sport is in Britain through the fact that it is the youngest jump racing track in the country, despite having opened back in 1927.

Taunton races hosts meetings throughout the winter and, unsurprisingly given its location, is extremely popular with the leading West Country trainers.

Taunton Racecourse Events And Fixtures 2021

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FRI 8th Jan Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SAT 23rd Jan Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
TUE 9th Feb Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
TUE 23rd Feb Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 4th Mar Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
MON 15th Mar Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
TUE 23rd Mar Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 8th Apr Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
WED 21st Apr Taunton South
Turf Jump Evening
There are no events this month
There are no events this month
There are no events this month
There are no events this month
There are no events this month
WED 27th Oct Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 11th Nov Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 25th Nov Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 9th Dec Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 30th Dec Taunton South
Turf Jump Afternoon

Confirmed races in plain text. Confirmed pattern races in bold text. Unconfirmed races in grey text.

Taunton Races Tips

  • Multiple champion jump racing trainer Paul Nicholls has his base in Somerset, so it is no surprise to see him have plenty of winners at Taunton Racecourse.
  • Philip Hobbs and Colin Tizzard also do well through weight of numbers, but the smaller yards of Harry Fry and Jeremy Scott have eye-catching strike rates.
  • Among jockeys, Harry Cobden benefits from riding for Nicholls, but Sam Twiston-Davies also has a notable record at Taunton races and is worth following.
  • Although Taunton Racecourse has a reputation as an easy track, the chase course takes a significant toll and it is worth avoiding risky jumpers here.
Taunton

The jockey's view

Bryony Frost
By Bryony Frost - Most successful female jump jockey in history

Taunton Racecourse is right-handed, relatively flat, and has a very small descent when you turn in to the home straight. There's a hurdle and fence just as it climbs back up which can be tricky for a young horse, you can see them take that half stride out and not have the momentum, so they get quite deep and come in a bit too long.

On the back straight the chase fences come quick, but the hurdle track gives you a bit more time. If you’re in front of the apex of the home bend, if you kick then into the dip before you get on the level you can nick a little bit of distance which can play out on the line. You see quite tight finishes because the leader usually gathers that distance, and then the pack chases them down. It’s good racing round there!

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Taunton Racecourse Behind Closed Doors

Taunton races are currently being run behind closed doors because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

This is set to be reviewed and updated in line with government advice, with Taunton Racecourse keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.

It’s still worth checking Taunton races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Taunton Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.

Taunton Races Contact Details

Taunton Racecourse
Orchard Portman
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 7BL
T: 01823 337 172
W: https://tauntonracecourse.co.uk/

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