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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Replays & Results
16:00 Support The ARC Racing Club Handicap Chase
2m | Class 5 | 5YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Beautiful Ben 4/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge Trainer: L J Morgan
  • Owner: Mr Alan R Lyons
16:30 Kim Bailey Racing Handicap Chase
3m ½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Mrs Miggins 5/1
  • Jockey: T Scudamore Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Mr Barry Wright & Mrs Rosemary White
17:00 Southwell Racecourse Supports The Bramley Newspaper Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race
2m | Class 5 | 4YO to 6YO | 9 ran
  • Winner: Go Chique 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Middleham Park Racing Cx
17:30 Southwell Racecourse Supports The Newark Advertiser Juvenile Hurdle
GBB Race
2m | Class 4 | 3YO only | 9 ran
  • Winner: Bannister 7/1
  • Jockey: J J Burke Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: Crossed Fingers Partnership
18:00 Eden Valley Chancers Mares' Handicap Hurdle
2m 4½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Proper Ticket 10/3 2Fav
  • Jockey: P J Brennan Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: The Fob Racing Partnership 8
18:30 Southwell Racecourse Supports The Mansfield Chad Maiden Hurdle
GBB Race | Div 1
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Hasanabad 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Teme Valley 2
19:00 Southwell Racecourse Supports The Mansfield Chad Maiden Hurdle
GBB Race | Div 2
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Leroy Leroy 7/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: R T Dunne Trainer: J R Boyle
  • Owner: The 'in Recovery' Partnership
19:30 Support The ARC Racing Club Handicap Hurdle
3m ½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Damut I'm Out 15/2
  • Jockey: Mr A Edwards Trainer: A Ralph
  • Owner: Costello/Ralph Racing Partnership

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Southwell Racecourse Ltd
Near Newark
NG25 0TS
01636 814481
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