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

14:00 optimumracing.co.uk Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 7f)
Dark blue, beige epaulets, armlets and star on cap (Tony Worth & Vic Bedley)
  • Winner: Heroes Or Ghosts
  • Jockey: J McGrath
  • Trainer: Miss J S Davis
  • Owner: Tony Worth & Vic Bedley

14:30 Racing To School Here Today Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 110y)
White, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Epds Racing Partnership 18 & Partner)
  • Winner: Stynes
  • Jockey: Charlie Deutsch
  • Trainer: G P Mcpherson
  • Owner: Epds Racing Partnership 18 & Partner

15:05 Eventsi Marquee Hire - Visit eventsimarquees.co.uk Mares' Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

(Class 6) (2m)
Dark blue, large yellow spots, dark blue sleeves, yellow spots, yellow cap (Mr D Cunningham)
  • Winner: A Three Eighty
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: T Hogan
  • Owner: Mr D Cunningham

15:40 Pete Brown 65th Birthday Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f)
Pink and brown diamonds, pink sleeves and cap (Mareildar Racing Part 1)
  • Winner: Amron Kali
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield
  • Trainer: P Henderson
  • Owner: Mareildar Racing Part 1

16:15 R & A Mason Electrical & Heating Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f)
Yellow, red stars, yellow sleeves, red spots, hooped cap (The Steel Bob Partnership)
  • Winner: Steel Bob
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: The Steel Bob Partnership

16:45 R & A Mason Electrical & Heating Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 4f)
Purple, light blue star, light blue and purple striped sleeves (Roy & Louise Swinburne)
  • Winner: Sam Noir
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Roy & Louise Swinburne

17:15 R & A Mason Electrical & Heating Maiden Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 4f)
Maroon and white (quartered), checked sleeves and cap (GDM Partnership)
  • Winner: Old Harry Rocks
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: GDM Partnership
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