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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Last Update: 23/08/2017 17:00

Forecast: Sunny spells

Temperature: 9.5° - 19.8°

Rainfall: None

Wind: 6.8mph SW

Last Update: 23/08/2017 17:00

Replays & Results

17:00 Under Startin Orders Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Black, red triple diamond, black and white hooped sleeves, striped cap (Mr Carl Price)
  • Winner: Romeo Is Bleeding
  • Jockey: Mr Conor Orr
  • Trainer: R Harris
  • Owner: Mr Carl Price

17:30 Startin Honda Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 110y)
Dark blue, white sleeves, dark blue diamonds, white cap, dark blue diamonds (Axom L)
  • Winner: Abidjan
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Axom L

18:00 Haines Watts Worcester Making Tax Simple Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 4f)
Dark blue and white stripes, checked sleeves (Castle Farm Racing)
  • Winner: Mile House
  • Jockey: C Gethings
  • Trainer: Robert Stephens
  • Owner: Castle Farm Racing

18:30 Haines Watts Accountancy Champions Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier)

(Class 4) (2m)
Light blue, brown cross of lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap (Chris Stedman & Mark Albon)
  • Winner: Mcgroarty
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: Chris Stedman & Mark Albon

19:00 Startin Skoda Mares' Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier)

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Light blue, black and light blue halved sleeves, black cap (Mrs P L Bridel)
  • Winner: Poetic Lady
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: N P Mulholland
  • Owner: Mrs P L Bridel

19:30 Hwca.com Overcome Your Growth Profit Strategy Claiming Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Light blue and dark blue diamonds, halved sleeves (Mrs Mary Bridgwater & Mr & Mrs Chenery)
  • Winner: Buble
  • Jockey: Callum McKinnes
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Mrs Mary Bridgwater & Mr & Mrs Chenery

20:00 Hwca.com Profit From Our Tax Tips Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 7f)
Dark blue, white star, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mrs P de W Johnson)
  • Winner: Plantagenet
  • Jockey: Daniel Sansom
  • Trainer: J W Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs P de W Johnson
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