Left handed, sharp. Although tight in nature, the track has a reputation for gruelling conditions during the winter, ability to see out the trip being of paramount importance. When the going is on the firm side it often pays to race prominently, especially on the chase course. The Fences no more than average in terms of stiffness, and many fallers occur as a result of fatigue in the latter stages. In recent seasons, the number of flights on the hurdles track in races over 2m has been reduced from ten to nine.
A great all-year-round National Hunt course, which changes a lot through the seasons with the weather. It can be an all mighty slog mid-winter, none more so than in the Midlands Grand National, run over a mammoth trip of nearly 4m 2f, the second furthest race in distance after the Grand National at Aintree. When conditions change in the spring and into summer, ground conditions are on the quick side and it can turn into a real speed test. The fences are generally fair and well positioned, and down the back straight there’s a bit of a dog-leg where jockeys tend to go wide and cut the corner a bit. There is quite a long straight here and things tend to change late on depending on the early pace of the front runners, but on quicker ground, its best to be closer to the pace turning in.
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