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.

Jumps Racing

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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.

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Advance Going

  • Soft

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Upcoming Races


12:35 Taunton Racecourse Annual Membership Available Today Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 104y)
Dark blue and red (quartered), hooped sleeves and cap (Withyslade)
  • Winner: Kohuma
  • Jockey: James Bowen
  • Trainer: Robert Walford
  • Owner: Withyslade

13:05 Somerset Chamber Of Commerce Maiden Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f 198y)
Black, pink stripe, striped sleeves, pink cap (R Mitford-slade & Lucy Johnson)
  • Winner: Applesolutely
  • Jockey: M G Nolan
  • Trainer: R Mitford-slade
  • Owner: R Mitford-slade & Lucy Johnson

13:35 Musgrove Staff Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 1y)
Emerald green, white chevrons, orange cap (Phil Fry & Charlie Walker)
  • Winner: Darcy Ward
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield
  • Trainer: Jack Barber
  • Owner: Phil Fry & Charlie Walker

14:10 Hawksmoor Investment Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 7f 3y)
Dark blue, grey stars, grey sleeves, dark blue stars (Mr Colin Roberts)
  • Winner: Wicked Willy
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Mr Colin Roberts

14:45 Greenslade Taylor Hunt Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 3f 1y)
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)
  • Winner: Canelie
  • Jockey: N P Madden
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

15:20 Geoffrey Bosley 'tally Ho' Open Hunters' Chase

(Class 6) (2m 7f 3y)
Light blue, beige sleeves (Charles Levinson & Alexia Robinson)
  • Winner: Premier Portrait
  • Jockey: G Levinson
  • Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson
  • Owner: Charles Levinson & Alexia Robinson

15:50 Simple Minds In Concert 2nd September Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 104y)
Emerald green, red star, white sleeves, red stars, red cap (Ian Payne & Kim Franklin)
  • Winner: Smith's Bay
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Ian Payne & Kim Franklin
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