Southwell Course Guide

Located in Nottinghamshire, Southwell is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK as it stages racing both over jumps and on its all-weather track; the Fibresand track believed by many trainers to be the most similar in Europe to that of the American ‘Dirt’ surfaces.

It is the only all-weather track that uses fibresand, a unique surface that produces a strong kickback and therefore produces a number of course specialists.


The all-weather track at Southwell goes left-handed in a flat mile-and-a-quarter oval which has a run from the home turn of three furlongs and a spur to provide a straight five furlongs. The fibresand surface, which produces a lot more kickback than the polytrack/tapeta ones used at the other all-weather courses, lends itself far more to the course specialist.

You don’t get many hard-luck stories at Southwell, which is the perfect equivalent of a left-hand American track. Races are invariably run at a good gallop, so stamina is vital, and the kick-back is severe. Probably only about one horse in 30 will really face the kick-back but, because the runners usually space themselves out, with some going wide, you can get away with it. Nobody wants to be right down the inside turning into the straight - and the surface can ride very different on different days.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

Left handed, tight. A course whose character changes dramatically depending on underfoot conditions, the emphasis being very much on speed on firmish ground yet completely the opposite on heavy ground, long-distance races under such conditions often resulting in very few finishers. The fences are of the portable variety and stiff for a minor track, a high number of casualties placing it in the upper end for fallers/unseats. The brush-type hurdles penalise less-fluent jumping more than the traditional variety.

Southwell is a superb jumping track, one of the best-maintained turf courses in Britain, and, as a general rule, it provides very decent ground for summer racing. The fences take a bit of negotiating, though, and there’s no point thinking you can pitch up there and find an easy opening, as there aren’t any. It’s not somewhere you can afford to drop off the pace, either, as, once others get away from you, you can’t get back to them. You need to be tactically astute there and it frequently pays to be handy.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Upcoming races
Replays & Results
12:00 Middleham Park Racing Novices' Handicap Chase
3m ½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Waitonit 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Carl Hinchy And Mark Scott
12:30 Southwell Golf Club Handicap Chase
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Dogon 9/2
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Middleham Park Racing Lxxviii& A&J Rya
13:00 Visit Handicap Chase
2m 4½f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: One Forty Seven 10/1
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Graham And Alison Jelley
13:30 Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Mares' Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Mrs Hyde 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: B Ellison
  • Owner: The Jekyll
14:00 Support The Arc Racing Club Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 4½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Apres Le Deluge 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: P J Brennan Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: Mr Raymond Tooth
14:30 Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle
GBB Race
2m | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Highly Prized 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge Trainer: Miss E C Lavelle
  • Owner: H Pridham & D Donoghue
15:00 Foxtrot Racing Handicap Hurdle
2m 4½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Imperial Elysian 9/1
  • Jockey: P J Brennan Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: Imperial Racing Partnership
15:30 Thank You Southwell Annual Members Handicap Hurdle
Div 1
3m ½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Racing Spirit 15/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Lee Edwards Trainer: Dave Roberts
  • Owner: Mr D B Roberts
16:00 Thank You Southwell Annual Members Handicap Hurdle
Div 2
3m ½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Black Anthem 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: J J Burke Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Valueracingclub Co Uk

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Southwell Racecourse Ltd
Near Newark
NG25 0TS
01636 814481
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