Wincanton Course Guide

Wincanton host Jump racing throughout the winter with the stand-out feature being the Kingwell Hurdle. Run over two miles in mid-February, the Grade 2 contest is a key Champion Hurdle trial, and the last one in the calendar. Several horses have won the Kingwell Hurdle then followed up at the Festival in the same season including Bula (1971 & 72), Lanzarote (1974), Kribensis (1990), Alderbrook (1995), Hors La Loi III (2002) and Katchit (2008). Other exceptional horses to win the race include Desert Orchid (1984), Azertyiuop (2001), Inglis Drever (2005) and Binocular (2012).

Wincanton also stages a valuable card in early November. The feature handicap is the listed Badger Ales Trophy, run over an extended three miles and one furlong, and it is supported by the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle and the two mile five furlong Rising Stars Novices Chase.


Right handed, flat and essentially sharp in character. One of the sharpest tests in the country when the ground is firmer than good, hold-up tactics usually counter-productive, but on very testing going the course can provide a surprisingly thorough test, often resulting in strung-out fields and a low percentage of completions, especially on the hurdles course, perhaps a cause of its fundamentally tight nature ensuring races are well run regardless of conditions, front runners often overdoing things. The fences are stiff and claim plenty of casualties, with the three in the home straight coming so close together that it often proves difficult to come from behind.

Wincanton is a very fast course and you really do need a horse that travels around it. The two-mile track there is one of the quickest in Britain and you run downhill virtually all the way from the home turn. If something poaches a lead turning in, chances are it won’t come back to you, so jockeys have to be very careful about positioning. Letting a rival get away from you at that point, especially one with stamina, can be disastrous. It’s certainly not unusual for the one in front at the second-last to stay there all the way to the line.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Last Update: 20/01/2021 12:00

Upcoming races
11:52 MansionBet's Watch And Bet Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 5½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: Flash Collonges 7/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: The Gi Gi Syndicate
12:25 Download The MansionBet App Maiden Hurdle
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1m 7½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: On To Victory 4/5 Fav
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Hp Racing On To Victory
12:58 MansionBet Novices' Handicap Chase
3m 1f | Class 5 | 5YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Ede'iffs Elton 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: Robert Walford
  • Owner: Mr A Lees
13:30 Follow MansionBet On Twitter Handicap Hurdle
2m 5½f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Sizable Sam 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Rex Dingle Trainer: J Scott
  • Owner: The Hopefuls & Kelvin-hughes
14:05 Paddy Power Dipper Novices' Chase
Grade 2 | GBB Race
2m 4f | Class 1 | 5YO plus | 3 ran
  • Winner: Messire Des Obeaux 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
14:35 MansionBet's Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap Chase
2m 4f | Class 2 | 5YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Capeland 6/1
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs Kathy Stuart
15:05 MansionBet's Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle
1m 7½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Anightinlambourn 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: Ben Pauling
  • Owner: The Megsons
15:45 MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Chase
1m 7½f | Class 3 | 5YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Jackson Hill 7/1
  • Jockey: D A Jacob Trainer: M F Harris
  • Owner: The Jackson 8

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