Left handed, and flat with the exception of a fairly steep climb soon after the winning line which descends in gradual fashion to the turn into the back straight. Essentially a sharp track by virtue of the tight bends, notwithstanding a long back straight. Widely regarded as a tricky jumping track on account of five fences coming in quick succession in the back straight, but the rate of fallers is one of the lowest in Britain. The tight nature of the course results in front runners/those ridden prominently tending to do well on both courses.
Warwick is basically a sharpish flat track, but with one big up- and downhill run at the end of the home straight, and into the back straight. Because of this the five fences in a row down the back can feel somewhat relentless and if you start making mistakes here the race is often over for you. It’s such a crucial stage of the race, due to a relatively short run-in off the home bend. The bends are quite sharp, hence the abandonment of all flat racing here a couple of years ago, as the speed around the bends caused horses to slip. Its host to the Classic chase over 3m5f, which is often a pointer to a few good staying types for the Nationals later in the season.
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