Hexham Course Guide

Located high up on the moors in Northumberland, Hexham is one of the most picturesque racecourses in England. It stages jump racing from March through to December, including popular evening and twilight meetings in April and September.

Hexham ‘s most historic race is the Heart of all England Maiden Hunters’ Chase, a three mile one furlong contest that was first contested in 1907.


Left handed, undulating, with a steep climb from the end of the back straight to the finish. Races over hurdles generally steadily run, but be wary of horses kicked for home a long way out, the testing finish regularly catching out horses who look to be moving comfortably in a clear lead before meeting the uphill section. Fences generally regarded as easy with few fallers, though there are a disproportionately high number of unseats, possibly on account of a generally lower standard of jockeyship as well as horse.

I rode a lot at Hexham while I was a claimer, a fair bit too later on, and always liked it. It’s a lovely track, set in beautiful surroundings, and, while you don’t get much time to appreciate that as a jockey, it’s a great place to ride. It’s a very fair course, with lovely fences, but the ground plays a huge part in how you ride it, as it’s stiff – particularly when conditions are testing – and takes a bit of getting. There are undulations you have to be aware of too and it can be a long way home if you start racing a mile out.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Replays & Results
14:10 Smooth Breakfast With Steve Colman 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 48y)
  • Winner: Glinger Flame 1/2 Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Mr James Westoll
14:40 Smooth Drive Home With Clive Warren Handicap Chase
(Class 5) (1m 7f 133y)
  • Winner: Johnny Yuma 11/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Benjamin Poste Trainer: Katy Price
  • Owner: Alastair & Pippa McLeish
15:10 Playing Your Eighties Favourites Smooth Radio Mares' Novices' Hurdle (NHMOPS Bonus Race)
(Class 4) (2m 4f 28y)
  • Winner: Miss Delighted 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Ross Turner Trainer: Oliver Greenall
  • Owner: Arkwrightblummichaelsononionsdaresbury
15:40 Your Relaxing Music Mix Smooth Radio Handicap Hurdle
(Class 3) (2m 4f 28y)
  • Winner: Solo Saxophone 4/9 Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Dw Racing
16:10 Smooth Radio They're Number One Handicap Chase
(Class 5) (3m 41y)
  • Winner: Prince Dundee 15/8 Fav
  • Jockey: Blair Campbell Trainer: Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • Owner: Jw McNeill & County Set Three
16:40 Smooth Radio Plays Whitney And Madonna Open Hunters' Chase
(Class 6) (3m 41y)
  • Winner: Sausalito Sunrise 11/10 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr Alex Ferguson Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Mrs M Ferguson & Mrs A K Murphy
17:10 Smooth Radio Plays Adele And Robbie Standard Open NH Flat Race
(Class 5) (2m 48y)
  • Winner: Shanroe 5/1
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: Karl Thornton
  • Owner: Mr Brian Smyth

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Hexham Racecourse
High Yarridge
NE46 4PF
01434 606881
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