Chepstow Course Guide

Situated just over the River Severn estuary in south-east Wales, Chepstow is a historic racecourse that stages action both on the Flat and over Jumps.

Initially devised as a Flat course – the great Sir Gordon Richards rode the winners of 11 consecutive races there over two days in 1933 – the track is better-famed for its National Hunt racing in recent times; the highlight of the calendar being the Welsh National over Christmas, a card which also includes the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

Chepstow Flat RacingTimeform

Left handed, undulating. An oval-shaped track, about two miles in extent, with a run-in of five furlongs. While not an out-and-out galloping course, owing to the pronounced undulations, the track puts the emphasis on stamina almost regardless of ground. All races up to a mile are run on the straight course.

Chepstow takes a fair bit of getting. Because it’s so up hill and down dale, stamina has to come into play and it’s also worth noting that the straight is quite long, meaning that some horses start to race a lot earlier than is ideal. If you’re on one that wants to make the running, for example, you’ll often get a few keen to take you on earlier than you might like, so patience is vital for a jockey. Long-striding horses can often go well on the straight track but, as it’s quite stiff, they definitely need to get home.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver
Chepstow Jumps RacingTimeform

Left-handed, undulating, oval course, nearly two miles round with eleven fences to a circuit, a five-furlong home straight, and a run-in of 250 yards. Conditions can be very testing. With five fences in the straight, the first part of which is downhill, front runners do well here.

Record times for Chepstow are very quick, which shows how slick it can be when the ground is fast, but horses can finish strung out like washing when it gets soft. Punters really must take note of conditions then, if they’re having a bet, because horses with stamina limitations can get home when the going is right for them, while it can be a real slog when it’s heavy. The other things to consider seriously are the undulations and the downhill run from the last. If you walk round the course, for example, you’ll be aware that, from several places out in the country, you can’t see the stands. The run-in, on the other hand, is quite steeply downhill, very quick on fast ground, and that’s why you often see horses make a mistake at the final jump.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald

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Replays & Results

12:20 Professor Caroline Tisdall Supports The IJF Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 3f 98y)
Red, white sleeves, black stars, white cap (Mezzone Family)
  • Winner: Bennys King
  • Jockey: Bridget Andrews
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Mezzone Family

12:55 Smart Money's On Coral Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f 131y)
Dark blue, royal blue seams, royal blue sleeves, dark blue seams, dark blue cap (The Pant Wilkin Partnership)
  • Winner: Trixster
  • Jockey: Mr C Price
  • Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: The Pant Wilkin Partnership

13:25 Native River Supports The IJF Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 100y)
Royal blue, pink hoop (Mr & Mrs William Rucker)
  • Winner: Secret Reprieve
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge
  • Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs William Rucker

13:55 Ron Mills 70th Birthday Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 3) (2m 7f 131y)
Orange, white chevron and sleeves, striped cap (Step By Step)
  • Winner: Steely Addition
  • Jockey: M G Nolan
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Step By Step

14:30 Coral Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase

(Class 2) (2m 7f 131y)
Maroon and yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, yellow cap (John White & Anne Underhill)
  • Winner: Ramses De Teillee
  • Jockey: David Noonan
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: John White & Anne Underhill

15:05 Llewellyn Humphreys Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 7f 131y)
Emerald green, royal blue spots, halved sleeves, emerald green cap (Gordon & Su Hall)
  • Winner: Truckers Lodge
  • Jockey: Mr L Williams
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Gordon & Su Hall

15:40 Get Super Smart Boosts At Coral Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 11y)
Light blue, dark blue disc, yellow sleeves, white cap, light blue diamond (Nash & Webb)
  • Winner: Young Bull
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister
  • Trainer: H Whittington
  • Owner: Nash & Webb
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