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

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Upcoming Races


14:00 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (1m 53y)
White, pink spots, sleeves and cap (Dahab Racing)
  • Winner: Faro Angel
  • Jockey: J P Spencer
  • Trainer: L M Cumani
  • Owner: Dahab Racing

14:30 Whissendine Selling Stakes

(Class 5) (7f)
Orange and royal blue diabolo, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, yellow cap, royal blue stars (N Scandrett And G Kelleway)
  • Winner: Lady Alavesa
  • Jockey: Josephine Gordon
  • Trainer: Miss Gay Kelleway
  • Owner: N Scandrett And G Kelleway

15:05 Wreake Handicap

(Class 2) (7f)
Purple, white diamond, hooped sleeves (Fell & High Hopes Partnership)
  • Winner: Muntadab
  • Jockey: Cameron Noble
  • Trainer: R G Fell
  • Owner: Fell & High Hopes Partnership

15:35 ebfstallions.com Reference Point Maiden Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (7f)
Royal blue (Godolphin)
  • Winner: Estihdaaf
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy
  • Trainer: S bin Suroor
  • Owner: Godolphin

16:05 Stubbs Fillies' Conditions Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 3) (6f)
Royal blue, white hoop, striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue star (King Power Racing Co Ltd)
  • Winner: Come On Leicester
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: R Hannon
  • Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd

16:40 Fosse Way Nursery

(Class 6) (1m 53y)
Royal blue, yellow stripe, sleeves and cap (Laurence Bellman)
  • Winner: Sesame
  • Jockey: Alistair Rawlinson
  • Trainer: M Appleby
  • Owner: Laurence Bellman

17:10 Stewards Handicap (Div 1)

(Class 5) (1m 2f)
Emerald green and red check, yellow sleeves, emerald green armlets, red cap (Owners For Owners: Sunday Prospect)
  • Winner: Sunday Prospect
  • Jockey: Ben Curtis
  • Trainer: K R Burke
  • Owner: Owners For Owners: Sunday Prospect

17:40 Stewards Handicap (Div 2)

(Class 5) (1m 2f)
Dark blue, yellow cap (Sir Evelyn De Rothschild)
  • Winner: Crystal King
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Sir Evelyn De Rothschild
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