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

13:50 Fred Rimell Memorial Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 110y)
Red, white disc, diabolo on sleeves (Options O Syndicate)
  • Winner: Foxtail Hill
  • Jockey: Ryan Hatch
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Options O Syndicate

14:20 Andsotobed Sample Sale 4th-6th November Mares' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 7f)
Light blue, red chevrons, yellow sleeves and cap (Neil Mulholland Racing Club)
  • Winner: Ballydague Lady
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: N P Mulholland
  • Owner: Neil Mulholland Racing Club

14:55 Richard Davis Memorial Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 3) (2m 7f)
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)
  • Winner: Fayette County
  • Jockey: Alan Johns
  • Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

15:30 Equestrian Surfaces 'Newcomers' Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m)
Royal blue, dark green sleeves and cap (Mr Alan Halsall)
  • Winner: Monty's Award
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Owner: Mr Alan Halsall

16:05 Richard Wright Memorial Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 7f)
Red and purple (quartered), yellow sleeves, red cap (Brocade Racing)
  • Winner: Herbert Park
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Brocade Racing

16:40 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m)
Pink, maroon star (Mrs Caren Walsh & Mrs Kathleen Quinn)
  • Winner: Tearsofclewbay
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mrs Caren Walsh & Mrs Kathleen Quinn

17:10 Myson Radiators Maiden Hurdle (Div 1)

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Yellow, emerald green epaulets and armlets (Lady Dulverton)
  • Winner: Monbeg Charmer
  • Jockey: B Hughes
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Owner: Lady Dulverton

17:40 Myson Radiators Maiden Hurdle (Div 2)

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Yellow, black sash, green cap (Mr H Stephen Smith)
  • Winner: Hey Bill
  • Jockey: Kielan Woods
  • Trainer: G P Mcpherson
  • Owner: Mr H Stephen Smith
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