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.
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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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