Taunton Course Guide

Racing commenced at Taunton in 1927 and jumping takes place at the Somerset track throughout the winter months.

Some useful horses have started their hurdling and chasers careers at Taunton in the past, notably 2005 Triumph Hurdle hero Penzance and top two-mile chaser Well Chief whilst Oslot won on his first start in a 2006 Taunton Maiden Hurdle before going on to win the Galway Plate two years later.


Right handed, sharp. Fences have been traditionally regarded as small and easy, yet surprisingly the casualty rate on the chase course is among the highest, contributory factors being the low quality of horses which contest the majority of races and the sharp nature of the course.

They’ve recently installed a reservoir at Taunton and you often get better winter ground there than in other parts of Britain. It’s a great course to ride and any number of good horses have made their debut there. Some of them won and plenty got beaten. It can be a trappy track for a jockey, as they tend to start racing from a long way out, and you run downhill to the third-last over fences and the second-last over hurdles. Novices can get caught out by those obstacles.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Advance Going
Good-good to soft in places
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Last Update: 12/12/2018 17:00

Upcoming races
12:25 Annual Membership 2019 Available Today 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Div 1)
(Class 4) (2m 104y)
  • Winner: Southfield Stone 6/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs Angela Hart & Mrs Angela Yeoman
13:00 Annual Membership 2019 Available Today 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Div 2)
(Class 4) (2m 104y)
  • Winner: Bang On 11/10 Fav
  • Jockey: Matt Griffiths Trainer: J Scott
  • Owner: Cash For Honours
13:35 Elizabeth Day Supporting Injured Jockeys Fund Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 7f 198y)
  • Winner: Worthy Farm 11/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Yolo
14:05 Taunton Racecourse Owners Club Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)
(Class 4) (2m 7f 3y)
  • Winner: Militarian 15/8 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr J Martin Trainer: Andrew J Martin
  • Owner: Mr Andrew J Martin
14:40 Racegoers Club 50th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 104y)
  • Winner: Court Royale 6/1
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Owner: Mrs Janet Davies
15:10 Festive Fixture 13th December Handicap Chase
(Class 5) (2m 5f 150y)
  • Winner: Mister Mister 10/3 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr Shane Quinlan Trainer: D L Williams
  • Owner: Mr A Rennison
15:45 ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Handicap Hurdle
(Class 5) (2m 3f 1y)
  • Winner: Bonza Girl 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Rex Dingle Trainer: J Scott
  • Owner: Mr G T Lever

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Taunton Racecourse Company Ltd
Orchard Portman
01823 337172
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