Hereford Course Guide

Racing returned to Hereford after a four year hiatus in October 2016. The course, which is within walking distance of the town centre, has always been a popular track for the powerful West Country and Lambourn trainers to send horses to learn their trade.

Both Star de Mohaison and Mighty Man won Novices’ Hurdles at the track before landing glory at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals respectively whilst 2006 Hennessy Gold Cup hero State of Play also won a Hereford Novices’ Hurdle.

The course has also provided some racing firsts, in December 1991 Paul Nicholls saddled Olveston to victory, his first winner as a trainer and in April 1994 and Richard Johnson rode Rusty Bridge to victory in a Hunters’ Chase, providing the jockey with his first career win.


Hereford's right-handed circuit of about a mile and a half is almost square and has nine fences, of which the first after the winning post is taken on a turn. The home turn, which is on falling ground, is pretty sharp but the other bends are easy. Races have a tendency to be well run and the ground can get very testing in mid-winter. The course restarted racing in October 2016 after a four-year hiatus.

It’s great see Hereford staging meetings again, because it’s a track close to my heart. I rode my second-ever winner there, before partnering some horses around what has always been a very fair course. Whatever you’re on, over hurdles or fences, you need to be travelling nicely before the home turn because, if you’re not, others will get away from you once you start the downhill run into the home straight. You certainly don’t want to get too far behind at that stage. The final fence can be tricky and there used to be a fair few horses making mistakes there. After it – and after the last hurdle too – the track seems to widen out, which tends to make some horses wander. There’s a relatively short run-in but, because of the way the course opens out on you, it can sometimes seem like an eternity on a runner that’s getting a bit tired or looking around

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Future Fixtures
  • Sun 24 January 2021
  • Mon 01 February 2021
  • Wed 17 February 2021
  • Sun 28 February 2021
  • Sat 13 March 2021
  • Wed 24 March 2021
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Forecast: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: -5.2° - 2.1°
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Wind: 7.4 mph N

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Last Update: 24/01/2021 07:00

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  • Jockey: Richard Patrick Trainer: Miss Kerry Lee
  • Owner: Glass Half Full
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  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Noel And Valerie Moran
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  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman Trainer: Robert Walford
  • Owner: Mrs Christine M Hinks
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  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: The Preston Family Racing
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  • Owner: Presumption In Favour Partnership
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  • Winner: Ballybough Mary 3/1 JFav
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Jayne McGivern

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Hereford Racecourse
Roman Road
01432 273560
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