Hereford Course Guide

Racing returned to Hereford after a four year hiatus in October 2016. The course, which is within walking distance of the town centre, has always been a popular track for the powerful West Country and Lambourn trainers to send horses to learn their trade.

Both Star de Mohaison and Mighty Man won Novices’ Hurdles at the track before landing glory at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals respectively whilst 2006 Hennessy Gold Cup hero State of Play also won a Hereford Novices’ Hurdle.

The course has also provided some racing firsts, in December 1991 Paul Nicholls saddled Olveston to victory, his first winner as a trainer and in April 1994 and Richard Johnson rode Rusty Bridge to victory in a Hunters’ Chase, providing the jockey with his first career win.

Jumps Racing

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Hereford's right-handed circuit of about a mile and a half is almost square and has nine fences, of which the first after the winning post is taken on a turn. The home turn, which is on falling ground, is pretty sharp but the other bends are easy. Races have a tendency to be well run and the ground can get very testing in mid-winter. The course restarted racing in October 2016 after a four-year hiatus.

It’s great see Hereford staging meetings again, because it’s a track close to my heart. I rode my second-ever winner there, before partnering some horses around what has always been a very fair course. Whatever you’re on, over hurdles or fences, you need to be travelling nicely before the home turn because, if you’re not, others will get away from you once you start the downhill run into the home straight. You certainly don’t want to get too far behind at that stage. The final fence can be tricky and there used to be a fair few horses making mistakes there. After it – and after the last hurdle too – the track seems to widen out, which tends to make some horses wander. There’s a relatively short run-in but, because of the way the course opens out on you, it can sometimes seem like an eternity on a runner that’s getting a bit tired or looking around

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(Class 4) (2m 5f 163y)
Red, yellow stars, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star (Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-williams)
  • Winner: Colt Lightning
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-williams

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(Class 4) (3m 1f 44y)
Black, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, black diamonds, yellow cap, black star (Eddie & Dai)
  • Winner: Misty Mai
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: D A Rees
  • Owner: Eddie & Dai

14:50 188bet 10% Back At Cheltenham Tuesday Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (3m 1f 119y)
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), orange sleeves and cap (Charles Whittaker & Belinda Clarke)
  • Winner: Flashjack
  • Jockey: A Tinkler
  • Trainer: H D Daly
  • Owner: Charles Whittaker & Belinda Clarke

15:25 188Bet Best Priced Mullins Cheltenham Wednesday Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 4) (2m 4f 194y)
Red, yellow diamond, red sleeves, yellow spots, red cap, yellow diamond (Miss Jayne Brace & Mr Gwyn Brace)
  • Winner: Lord Bryan
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Miss Jayne Brace & Mr Gwyn Brace

16:00 188bet Faller Refunds At Cheltenham Thursday Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (3m 1f 119y)
Emerald green and black stripes, red cap (Mr Tyrone Hanlon)
  • Winner: Just Your Type
  • Jockey: A Tinkler
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Owner: Mr Tyrone Hanlon

16:35 188bet Extra Places At Cheltenham Friday Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 8y)
Purple, emerald green and white hooped sleeves, emerald green cap (Dr R D P Newland)
  • Winner: Beau Bay
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: Dr R D P Newland

17:10 Labels Shopping Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 147y)
White, black cap (Mr Michael Buckley)
  • Winner: Burrows Edge
  • Jockey: J McGrath
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Mr Michael Buckley
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