Warwick Course Guide

Having spent many years as a dual-purpose course, Warwick now stages exclusively National Hunt racing after the final Flat fixture took place in August 2014.

Meetings are staged throughout the heart of the jumps season from September onwards with the track’s two feature days falling in January and February. The former, usually falling on a Saturday in mid-January, features the Grade 3 Classic Chase, a handicap over three miles and five furlongs that invariably attracts a strong field and has been won by the likes of Hey Big Spender, Shotgun Paddy and Hawkes Point in recent years. It is supported by the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle run over two miles and five furlongs; past winners include Inglis Drever and The New One.

The Kingmaker Novice’s Chase, run over two miles in February, also has a fine reputation of highlighting future stars and is regarded as a trial for the Arkle Chase. Past winners include Flagship Uberalles, Voy Por Ustedes, Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow.


Left handed, and flat with the exception of a fairly steep climb soon after the winning line which descends in gradual fashion to the turn into the back straight. Essentially a sharp track by virtue of the tight bends, notwithstanding a long back straight. Widely regarded as a tricky jumping track on account of five fences coming in quick succession in the back straight, but the casualty rate is one of the lowest in Britain. The tight nature of the course results in front runners/those ridden prominently tending to do well on both courses.

Warwick is very much a speed track and, largely due to that reason, I rate it one of the toughest in Britain for a novice. It’s not unknown for an inexperienced horse to panic round there, as the fences come at them so quick, and the undulations don’t make it any easier. The hurdles course is especially sharp and, not surprisingly, ex-Flat horses often do well. There’s no point thinking you can get away with running a non-stayer in the long-distance chases, though, because they invariably go an end-to-end gallop.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Future Fixtures
  • Sat 16 January 2021
  • Wed 03 February 2021
  • Sat 13 February 2021
  • Fri 26 February 2021
  • Sun 14 March 2021
  • Tue 30 March 2021
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Upcoming races
12:16 Jonjo Says Join Me At jonjooneillracingclub.co.uk Novices' Handicap Hurdle
2m 3f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: After The Fox 12/1
  • Jockey: Chester Williams Trainer: Mrs J Williams
  • Owner: Mrs Jane Williams
12:50 LPS British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 5f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Trump Lady 16/1
  • Jockey: T Scudamore Trainer: Nick Mitchell
  • Owner: Sherborne Utilities Ltd
13:20 Local Parking Security Handicap Chase
2m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Ben Brody 10/1
  • Jockey: Max Kendrick Trainer: D J Jeffreys
  • Owner: Mark E Smith & The Bb Pony Gang 5
13:50 LPS Carlow Conditional Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase
3m | Class 4 | 10YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Western Climate 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: Lorcan Williams Trainer: Henry Oliver
  • Owner: Mr Dan Lloyd
14:25 Jonjo O'Neill Racing Club Handicap Hurdle
3m 2f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Mr Washington 15/8 Fav
  • Jockey: Lilly Pinchin Trainer: T Symonds
  • Owner: Mrs J Hitchings
14:55 Jonjo O'Neill Racing Club Amazing Benefits 99 Handicap Chase
2m 4f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Skipping On 15/2
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge Trainer: L J Morgan
  • Owner: Triumph In Mind
15:25 jonjooneillracingclub.co.uk Join Today 99 Standard Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race
2m | Class 5 | 4YO to 6YO | 8 ran
  • Winner: Shearer 8/13 Fav
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: McNeill Family

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CV34 6HN
01926 405560

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