Wetherby Course Guide

Having raced as a jumps-only venue for most of its history, Wetherby became a dual-purpose track in 2015 when its first flat fixture took place on 26 April. The course staged Flat fixtures throughout the early spring and summer in 2015, with the track having a break until the return of jumps racing in October.

Wetherby’s feature meeting is the late October / early November fixture which stars the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase. The Grade 2 contest is the first quality three-mile chase of the season and its roll of honour includes some of the great long distance chasers including Wayward Lad, Burrough Hill Lad, One Man and See More Business.

Supporting races on the card include the West Yorkshire Hurdle – won in 2014 by future champion Cole Harden – and the Wetherby Mares’ Hurdle, whilst other significant races staged at the track are the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Christmas and the Towton Novices’ Chase in February.


Left-handed, the Flat course shares the hurdles course and is approximately a mile and a half in circumference. There is no straight sprint track, and because of the bends, 5½ furlong races start on a chute near the end of the back straight.

I’ve been taking a keen interest in Wetherby since it was given the green light to stage Flat racing and it looks good, a smashing track. The jockeys who’ve ridden it give it the thumbs-up and it seems you need to be handy. A prominent style of racing looks the best sort to employ, with aggressive tactics generally appearing to pay off. The jumps course has long had a reputation for being sharp, suiting speedy horses who like to be close to the pace, and that certainly seems to be the case for the Flat races so far.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

Left handed, galloping. Now restored to nine fences to a circuit, though the four in the home straight have been switched to the inside of the hurdles track after problems caused by the realignment of the nearby A1. The signs are the fences still punish those who aren't accurate. It's a very fair test for any horse but is ideal for the free-running, long-striding sort.

It usually pays to be handy when riding at Wetherby, because it’s a quick track, even more so since the changes caused by the A1 redevelopment a few years back. There was a time when some trainers thought the fences were tough for a novice, but that has changed dramatically now and it’s a very fair course, with lovely obstacles, nowhere near as stiff as in the ‘old days’. Ideally, you’d like to save a bit for your finishing kick, but you certainly can’t afford to give any front-runners an easy time of it.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Future Fixtures
  • Thu 28 January 2021
  • Sat 06 February 2021
  • Wed 17 February 2021
  • Tue 23 February 2021
  • Mon 08 March 2021
  • Tue 23 March 2021
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Last Update: 18/01/2021 12:00

12:30 wetherbyracing.co.uk Maiden Hurdle
GBB Race
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Dreams Of Home 11/8 JFav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Mr Colin Taylor And Miss Kay Wilding
13:00 Racing TV EBF Mares' Novices' Chase
2m 3½f | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Lust For Glory 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr S Waley-Cohen Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Annabel Waley-cohen And Family
13:30 Bet At racingtv.com Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 3½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Henry Gondoff 6/1
  • Jockey: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: The Sting Partnership
14:05 Sixt Car Hire Handicap Chase
1m 7f | Class 3 | 5YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Sao 9/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Nathan Moscrop Trainer: Rebecca Menzies
  • Owner: Gary Eves And Partner
14:35 Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Hurdle
2m 3½f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Shannon Bridge 4/1
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Mr M Boothright
15:10 Racing TV Anywhere Handicap Chase
3m | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Another Emotion 11/1
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Owner: Fitorfat Racing
15:40 Racing TV On Sky 426 Fillies' 'Junior' Standard Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race
1m 4½f | Class 5 | 4YO only | 5 ran
  • Winner: Tweed Skirt 4/5 Fav
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Just Four Men With Rose Tinted Glasses

Address & Contact

The Wetherby Steeplechase Committee Ltd
The Racecourse
York Road
West Yorkshire
LS22 5EJ
01937 582035

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