Taunton Course Guide

Racing commenced at Taunton in 1927 and jumping takes place at the Somerset track throughout the winter months.

Some useful horses have started their hurdling and chasers careers at Taunton in the past, notably 2005 Triumph Hurdle hero Penzance and top two-mile chaser Well Chief whilst Oslot won on his first start in a 2006 Taunton Maiden Hurdle before going on to win the Galway Plate two years later.


Right handed, sharp. Fences have been traditionally regarded as small and easy, yet surprisingly the casualty rate on the chase course is among the highest, contributory factors being the low quality of horses which contest the majority of races and the sharp nature of the course.

They’ve recently installed a reservoir at Taunton and you often get better winter ground there than in other parts of Britain. It’s a great course to ride and any number of good horses have made their debut there. Some of them won and plenty got beaten. It can be a trappy track for a jockey, as they tend to start racing from a long way out, and you run downhill to the third-last over fences and the second-last over hurdles. Novices can get caught out by those obstacles.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Orchard Portman
01823 337172
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