Leicester Course Guide

Located at Oadby, to the south-east of the city, Leicester is a dual-purpose course which stages competitive action all year round.

On the Flat the highlight is the King Richard III Stakes, run in late April over seven furlongs and open to four-year-olds and upwards who have not won a Group 1 or Group 2 Pattern race for two years previously. However, with hindsight Leicester’s maiden races often offer the best opportunity to see a top-class horse in action as the track is particularly popular with Newmarket and Yorkshire-based trainers.

The highlight of Leicester’s jumping calendar is the Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase. Ran over and extended two miles and four furlongs every December. The East Midlands track also stages several Hunter Chases that are well-contested in the spring, highlighted by the exploits of the Venetia Williams-trained Teeton Mill, who won a hunter in 1998 before progressing to Hennessy Gold Cup and King George VI Chase glory.

Leicester Flat RacingTimeform

The round course is a right-handed, oval track, about a mile and three quarters in extent, with a run-in of four and a half furlongs. The straight course, on which all races of up to seven furlongs are run, is mainly downhill to halfway, then rises gradually for over two furlongs, finishing on the level. The track is galloping, and for two-year-olds early in the season it poses a test of stamina.

I’ve no idea why so many jockeys shy away from the stands’ side rail on Leicester’s straight track when the ground is soft, because it’s been a huge advantage for years and all too often I seem to see a 20-1 shot win from there as if it’s racing on a surface like the M25. Generally, it’s a nice galloping track, but, when there’s been a lot of rain, it can get very sticky in the home straight. Whatever the conditions, though, you don’t want to be on keen horses at Leicester. They’ll hardly ever last home.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver
Leicester Jumps RacingTimeform

Right handed, rather undulating with a gradual uphill finish of around three furlongs. Hurdle races run on Flat course and usually more testing as a result, that track having been watered during the summer, though races are often steadily run, resulting in the field still being well bunched early in the straight. A higher percentage of casualties over fences suggests obstacles are stiffer than used to be the case. There tends to be an advantage in taking a wide route on the hurdles course when the going is testing.

They’ve made the fences at Leicester slightly easier over the past few years but, when I was riding, I always thought it was one of the biggest jumping tracks around. You still need a good horse to win there, though, because some of the obstacles can still be a little bit tricky, including the second fence in the back straight. The hurdles course can get extremely testing when the ground is winter-soft, partly because of watering on the Flat track during the summer, while the chase course often rides slightly quicker.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald

Advance Going

  • Hurdle: heavy
  • chase: soft
    heavy in places

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Upcoming Races


12:45 Groby Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (1m 7f 201y)
Emerald green, mauve disc and sleeves, orange and white check cap (Saloop)
  • Winner: Not Another Muddle
  • Jockey: J E Moore
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Saloop

13:15 Dove Selling Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 4f 110y)
Pink, royal blue cross of lorraine and sleeves, royal blue and pink quartered cap (Mr Simon Caunce)
  • Winner: Robin Of Locksley
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: Mrs Caroline Bailey
  • Owner: Mr Simon Caunce

13:45 Leicester Annual Badge Holders Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 3) (2m 4f 45y)
Yellow, large black spots, yellow sleeves, black spots (Nigel & Barbara Collison)
  • Winner: Acting Lass
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Nigel & Barbara Collison

14:20 Roa/racing Post Owners' Jackpot Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (1m 7f 113y)
DARK BLUE and PINK (quartered), DARK BLUE sleeves, PINK spots and cap (Paul Read & Mrs Anthea Williams)
  • Winner: The New Pharaoh
  • Jockey: Mr John J O'Neill
  • Trainer: Laura Morgan
  • Owner: Paul Read & Mrs Anthea Williams

14:50 Hose Thorns Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 4f 45y)
Emerald green, white diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap (Aramis Racing)
  • Winner: Zayfire Aramis
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: M Scudamore
  • Owner: Aramis Racing

15:25 Chieftain Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (1m 7f 113y)
Light blue and black check, light blue sleeves, white armlets, light blue cap (Alan & Sally Coney)
  • Winner: Mr Antolini
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Alan & Sally Coney
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