Worcester Course Guide

Racing has taken place at Worcester since 1718 and in recent years the course has emerged as a popular venue for summer jumping, staging 20 National Hunt fixtures from May to October in 2015.

Among the feature races staged at the track are the Valerie Lewis Memorial Handicap Chase and the Richard Davis Memorial Chase. The Valerie Lewis Memorial Handicap Chase, named in honour of the co-owner of three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate who lived in Worcester, takes place in June over an extended two and a half miles.

The Richard Davis Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase, run in the memory of the young jump jockey who died in a fall at Southwell in 1996, is also run over an extended two and a half miles and usually takes place at the start of the traditional jumps season.

With its flat oval course Worcester is seen an ideal place to introduce a novice and many leading West Country trainers run their horses at the track in order to gain valuable racecourse experience; 2004 Cheltenham Festival Stayers’ Hurdle hero Iris’s Gift won his first two career starts at Worcester.

Jumps Racing

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Flat, left-handed with easy turns. Portable fences take little jumping, the course being one of the easiest in the country to negotiate, though many show a tendency to go right in the home straight. The long home straight should, in theory, give hold-up horses plenty of time to recover ground, but when conditions ride quick in summer months it pays more often than not to race handily. Beware betting on close finishes as camera is situated some way short of winning line.

It’s a pity Worcester doesn’t race in the winter, due to the proximity of the River Severn and the well-known flood problems it can cause, because it’s a lovely track. The list of classy horses to have won round there is incredible, including the likes of Morley Street, and it’s a great course for a novice chaser. You could compare it to Newbury or Newcastle, a good galloping track, with very fair fences and lovely smooth turns. You don’t hear too many hard-luck stories from jockeys riding Worcester.

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Replays & Results

13:25 British EBF/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
White, red star, sleeves and cap (Mustoe & Lavelle)
  • Winner: Majestic Moll
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge
  • Trainer: Miss E C Lavelle
  • Owner: Mustoe & Lavelle

13:55 Taylor Hart & British Gypsum Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 110y)
White, dark blue and red hooped sleeves, red cap (The Thoroughbred Club Ii)
  • Winner: Mercian King
  • Jockey: Jack Quinlan
  • Trainer: Amy Murphy
  • Owner: The Thoroughbred Club Ii

14:25 MintBet The Home Of Refreshing Odds Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m)
Purple, emerald green hoop, checked sleeves, white cap (The Englands And Heywoods)
  • Winner: Thyme Hill
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: The Englands And Heywoods

15:00 MintBet Freebet 2nd To SP Favourite EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m)
Purple and white (halved), sleeves reversed, light blue cap (Mrs Charles Lloyd-baker)
  • Winner: Awake At Midnight
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mrs Charles Lloyd-baker

15:30 MintBet Bet 10 Get 10 Welcome Bonus Handicap Hurdle (Div 1)

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
Dark blue, large light blue spots, light blue sleeves, dark blue spots and cap (N Berbillion & West Buckland Bloodstoc)
  • Winner: Kublai
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge
  • Trainer: Mrs Dunn
  • Owner: N Berbillion & West Buckland Bloodstoc

16:00 MintBet Bet 10 Get 10 Welcome Bonus Handicap Hurdle (Div 2)

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
Red and purple (quartered), yellow sleeves, red cap (Brocade Racing)
  • Winner: Bradford Bridge
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Brocade Racing

16:35 MintBet 500 Welcome Casino Bonus Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f)
Dark blue, light blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap (Mrs Diana L Whateley)
  • Winner: Motueka
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Mrs Diana L Whateley
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