Wincanton Racecourse, set on a hilltop in Somerset, is a jump racing track that stages some high-quality action in the winter months.
The circuit is right-handed, flat and sharp but the fences are particularly testing. The last three are taken in quick succession in the home straight and plenty of races are won and lost there.
Wincanton races hosts the Kingwell Hurdle in February, often a stepping-stone for horses tuning up for the Champion Hurdle the following month.
Its autumn highlights are the Badger Beers Silver Trophy, Elite Hurdle and Rising Stars Novices’ Chase, all run in November.
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Wincanton Racecourse is quite sharp even though the back straight and home straight are long. There is actually undulation when turning in just after the home bend which feels like you’re riding in rough seas!
The chase track is all on the inside, hurdles on the outside. The water jump is near lorries and horses quite like to have a look, so if you’re not telling him you’re racing they can think they’re going home.
For the fence before the last ditch at the back you turn a very slight bend so if you hit it wrong you miss the bend and cost yourself a bit of ground. You jump the ditch and you’re off to the home bend where it straightens downhill. The home straight is long but you won't see many come from behind unless they’re extremely well in on the weights. If you set sail turning in here you’re confident you can get to the line. On the apex of the bend you can kick for home.
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