FLAT: Right handed, sharp. The turns at the top end of the course are particularly sharp, so the adaptability to negotiate the bends is of paramount importance. Big, long-striding, cumbersome horses are at a disadvantage on the round track, especially at races at up to nine furlongs. On the straight course the fields typically race towards the stand rail. The course is one of best draining in the country, conditions rarely on the testing side.
NATIONAL HUNT: A right-handed oval track a little over a mile and a quarter in extent, almost flat with sharp bends, favouring handy types as opposed to gallopers. A polytrack strip was installed on the bend running away from the stands towards the end of 2012 in order to protect ground which tended to get worn and bare due to overuse. The two-mile start is on a spur on the last bend. There are eight fences (four in each straight) to a circuit.
A very flat track that drains well and, as such, there is very often good ground even when the ground is soft everywhere else. It’s pretty sharp to ride around and there’s always plenty of pace on, as the well positioned runners quicken off the final bend and rarely come back to you. The fences are on the easy side but can be a bit trappy due to the racing pace. It’s an ideal track for a speedy type or minimum distance horses who might struggle to get home elsewhere. Slower and bigger National Hunt-bred horses are often made to look unfairly average around here as things happen a bit quickly for them.
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