Chepstow Course Guide

Situated just over the River Severn estuary in south-east Wales, Chepstow is a historic racecourse that stages action both on the Flat and over Jumps.

Initially devised as a Flat course – the great Sir Gordon Richards rode the winners of 11 consecutive races there over two days in 1933 – the track is better-famed for its National Hunt racing in recent times; the highlight of the calendar being the Welsh National over Christmas, a card which also includes the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

Chepstow Flat RacingTimeform

Left handed, undulating. An oval-shaped track, about two miles in extent, with a run-in of five furlongs. While not an out-and-out galloping course, owing to the pronounced undulations, the track puts the emphasis on stamina almost regardless of ground. All races up to a mile are run on the straight course.

Chepstow takes a fair bit of getting. Because it’s so up hill and down dale, stamina has to come into play and it’s also worth noting that the straight is quite long, meaning that some horses start to race a lot earlier than is ideal. If you’re on one that wants to make the running, for example, you’ll often get a few keen to take you on earlier than you might like, so patience is vital for a jockey. Long-striding horses can often go well on the straight track but, as it’s quite stiff, they definitely need to get home.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver
Chepstow Jumps RacingTimeform

Left-handed, undulating, oval course, nearly two miles round with eleven fences to a circuit, a five-furlong home straight, and a run-in of 250 yards. Conditions can be very testing. With five fences in the straight, the first part of which is downhill, front runners do well here.

Record times for Chepstow are very quick, which shows how slick it can be when the ground is fast, but horses can finish strung out like washing when it gets soft. Punters really must take note of conditions then, if they’re having a bet, because horses with stamina limitations can get home when the going is right for them, while it can be a real slog when it’s heavy. The other things to consider seriously are the undulations and the downhill run from the last. If you walk round the course, for example, you’ll be aware that, from several places out in the country, you can’t see the stands. The run-in, on the other hand, is quite steeply downhill, very quick on fast ground, and that’s why you often see horses make a mistake at the final jump.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald

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Replays & Results

13:40 Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 11y)
Yellow, black chevron, check cap (Mr Terry Warner)
  • Winner: Gumball
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mr Terry Warner

14:15 totepool Supports Responsible Gambling Week Novices' Chase

(Class 3) (2m 7f 131y)
Black, yellow stripe, purple sleeves, purple cap, yellow star (The Maple Street Partnership)
  • Winner: Mia's Storm
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: The Maple Street Partnership

14:50 totepool Persian War Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)

(Class 1) (2m 3f 100y)
Red and yellow stripes, yellow sleeves, red armlets, red cap (The Yes No Wait Sorries)
  • Winner: Poetic Rhythm
  • Jockey: P J Brennan
  • Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: The Yes No Wait Sorries

15:25 Bob Champion Cancer Trust Veterans' Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

(Class 2) (2m 7f 131y)
Purple, emerald green and white hooped sleeves, emerald green cap (Dr R D P Newland)
  • Winner: Bob Ford
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: A Ralph
  • Owner: Dr R D P Newland

16:00 totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 11y)
Dark blue, beige cross belts, striped sleeves and cap (Wilkin, Orr, Boileau & Sim)
  • Winner: Misterton
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Wilkin, Orr, Boileau & Sim

16:35 John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase

(Class 2) (2m 3f 98y)
Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves (Mr Chris Giles & Mr Dan Macdonald)
  • Winner: Romain De Senam
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mr Chris Giles & Mr Dan Macdonald

17:10 Shadow Scaffolding Standard Open NH Flat Race (Div 1)

(Class 4) (2m 11y)
Red, white hoop, striped sleeves, black and white hooped cap (Davidmrichardsandrobertscwhittalwillia)
  • Winner: Kateson
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Davidmrichardsandrobertscwhittalwillia

17:40 Shadow Scaffolding Standard Open NH Flat Race (Div 2)

(Class 4) (2m 11y)
Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap (Mrs Johnny De La Hey)
  • Winner: Mont Des Avaloirs
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs Johnny De La Hey
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