Chepstow Course Guide

Situated just over the River Severn estuary in south-east Wales, Chepstow is a historic racecourse that stages action both on the Flat and over Jumps.

Initially devised as a Flat course – the great Sir Gordon Richards rode the winners of 11 consecutive races there over two days in 1933 – the track is better-famed for its National Hunt racing in recent times; the highlight of the calendar being the Welsh National over Christmas, a card which also includes the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle.


Left handed, undulating. An oval-shaped track, about two miles in extent, with a run-in of five furlongs. While not an out-and-out galloping course, owing to the pronounced undulations, the track puts the emphasis on stamina almost regardless of ground. All races up to a mile are run on the straight course.

Chepstow takes a fair bit of getting. Because it’s so up hill and down dale, stamina has to come into play and it’s also worth noting that the straight is quite long, meaning that some horses start to race a lot earlier than is ideal. If you’re on one that wants to make the running, for example, you’ll often get a few keen to take you on earlier than you might like, so patience is vital for a jockey. Long-striding horses can often go well on the straight track but, as it’s quite stiff, they definitely need to get home.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

Left-handed, undulating, oval course, nearly two miles round with eleven fences to a circuit, a five-furlong home straight, and a run-in of 250 yards. Conditions can be very testing. With five fences in the straight, the first part of which is downhill, front runners do well here.

Record times for Chepstow are very quick, which shows how slick it can be when the ground is fast, but horses can finish strung out like washing when it gets soft. Punters really must take note of conditions then, if they’re having a bet, because horses with stamina limitations can get home when the going is right for them, while it can be a real slog when it’s heavy. The other things to consider seriously are the undulations and the downhill run from the last. If you walk round the course, for example, you’ll be aware that, from several places out in the country, you can’t see the stands. The run-in, on the other hand, is quite steeply downhill, very quick on fast ground, and that’s why you often see horses make a mistake at the final jump.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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13:40 Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle
GBB Race
2m | Class 4 | 3YO only | 8 ran
  • Winner: Hell Red 1/2 Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Sir Martin Broughton & Friends 6
14:12 Unibet You're On Handicap Hurdle
2m | Class 2 | 5YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Dear Sire 8/1
  • Jockey: Theo Gillard Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Green Day Racing
14:47 Native River Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 7½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Secret Investor 11/4 Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Hills of Ledbury Ltd
15:22 Dunraven Windows Novices' Chase
Listed | 2m 3½f | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 3 ran
  • Winner: Grand Sancy 5/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Martin Broughton Racing Partners
15:57 Wasdell Group Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3 | GBB Race
2m 3½f | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Tea Clipper 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: J J Burke Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Mr Jerry Hinds & Mr Ashley Head
16:32 John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 3½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Pink Eyed Pedro 17/2
  • Jockey: C Brace Trainer: D Brace
  • Owner: Mr David Brace
17:07 Wasdell Group Standard Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race | Div 1
2m | Class 4 | 4YO to 6YO | 4 ran
  • Winner: Knappers Hill 2/5 Fav
  • Jockey: H Cobden Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mr P K Barber And Mr P J Vogt
17:42 Wasdell Group Standard Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race | Div 2
2m | Class 4 | 4YO to 6YO | 4 ran
  • Winner: Flying Sara 4/1
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield Trainer: Jack Barber
  • Owner: Peckmoor Flyers

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