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Wincanton Races

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.

Wincanton Racecourse Events And Fixtures 2021

jan 2021
feb 2021
mar 2021
apr 2021
may 2021
jun 2021
jul 2021
aug 2021
sept 2021
oct 2021
nov 2021
dec 2021
SAT 9th Jan Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 21st Jan Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
WED 27th Jan Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 4th Feb Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SAT 20th Feb Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
WED 3rd Mar Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 11th Mar Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
MON 29th Mar Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SUN 18th Apr Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 6th May Wincanton 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
THU 14th Oct Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SUN 24th Oct Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SAT 6th Nov Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 18th Nov Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
THU 2nd Dec Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
TUE 14th Dec Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon
SUN 26th Dec Wincanton South
Turf Jump Afternoon

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

Wincanton Races Tips

  • The stable of Paul Nicholls, who has spent many years at the top of the trainers’ table, is located very close to Wincanton Racecourse. Nicholls sends dozens of horses to compete here and delivers an impressive number of winners, at a very healthy strike rate.
  • Chris Gordon and Emma Lavelle are the most efficient when it comes to picking up crumbs from the Nicholls feast.
  • Harry Cobden rides many of the Nicholls squadrons and has a fine record at Wincanton races as a result.
  • Bryony Frost and Gavin Sheehan also make it to the winner’s enclosure at regular intervals.
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The jockey's view

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

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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Wincanton Races Behind Closed Doors

Wincanton 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 Wincanton races keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.

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

Wincanton Races Contact Details

Wincanton Racecourse
Wincanton
BA9 8BJ
T: 01963 435 840
W: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/wincanton/

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