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HAMILTON: Flat)  Right handed, loop course with a 5f run in. It is undulating with a stiff finishing climb. Hamilton Park to give it its full name was the first Racecourse in Britain to stage an evening meeting, and the course is still well known today for its fabulous atmosphere at its summer evening fixtures.

The Draw Bias— 5f In most of the paper the draw is given has Low, However, our stats don’t back this up.  The split is pretty much even between High and Low drawn horses, However, the Low number do come out on top when the going is soft.  6f Surprisingly  the draw does favour the Low horses  even though the 6f course goes the same route has the 5f course. Over 1 mile the low number have a definite advantage.   One tip when backing at Hamilton, don’t bother too much on form, Look for Course specialists and trainers and jockey that have good records around here.  Trainers to watch are Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan, while Joe Fanning and Tom Eaves are the top jockeys.  



HAYDOCK PARK: (Flat & Jumps) Hadock Park races under both codes The jumps course is a Left handed oval of 1m5f with a run in of around 450 yards, It is a flat galloping track with 10 stiff drop fences, there are 5 Hurdles per circuit which are run inside the chase course.

The Flat Course is Left Handed with a slightly uphill home straight of just over 4f. Emphasis is very much on stamina when the going is heavy. The draw suggests High number are best at 5f & 6f, especially when the going is soft. 7f There is a definite pattern  that show horses drawn low have the edge. 1mile the result is very surprising.   It seems to be a big advantage to be drawn High and over a big majority of those were drawn   widest of all,   This is completely opposite to the  7 furlong analysis. Very Strange when you look at where 7f & 1m starts are positioned


HEXHAM: (Jumps) Only a small course of 1m4f, but the Left handed track is very undulating and places a severe test of stamina on horses. Like many of these smaller courses, its well worth siding on trainers and jockeys with good course records rather than going on form. Trainers to watch out for here are, Sue Smith, Ferdy Murphy and Lucinda Russell, Jockeys Brain Hughes and Peter Buchanan certainly know there way around here.


HUNTINGDON: (Jumps)  Huntingdon Racecourse is a flat right handed circuit of approximately 1 mile 3 furlongs.  There are nine fences to a circuit and the open ditch in front of the grandstand provides a real spectacle for the punters.  Bold front runners tend to do well here,  There isn’t much emphasis on stamina, and the track favours the more speedier type.

Trainers with the best record around here are — Nicky Henderson, Alan King, jonjo O’Neill  and Gary Moore.
Jockeys with the best record at Huntingdon are—A.P.McCoy, Richard Johnson, Barry Garaghty, and Leighton Aspell.



KELSO: (Jumps)  Kelso Racecourse stages National Hunt fixtures, the most prominent being the Borders National in March and the Morebattle Hurdle in January. It is a small track with the Chase course running on the outside of the tighter hurdles course, It has a unusually long run in for a small track. Again like most small jump courses it pays to follow course specialists.


KEMPTON PARK: All-Weather & Jumps: The all-weather course at Kempton is also floodlight , It is a right handed 10 furlong oval.  The Jumps course is a right handed Triangular circuit of 1m5f. Jump racing take place here from   October through to April with the highlight being the Grade 1 King George VI chase held on Boxing Day. Flat racing takes place on the all-weather track through out the year  with its afternoon and evening meetings.

The Draw Bias  Many paper state no advantage over any distance here, but we beg to differ,  we find 5f, 6f and 7f tend to favour the low numbers, there is no advantage on distances further than 7f;


LEICESTER: (Flat & Jumps)  Leicester hoist both flat and jump racing, The  Flat course is a right handed oval shaped  of 1m 5 furlongs ,  5f to a 1 mile races are run on the straight course.
The jumps course is a right handed triangular circuit of about  1,3/4miles with ten fences. The course is down hill on the far side with a still climb in the home straight.

The Draw Bias  - 5f, No overall bias. 6f  Low drawn horses have a slight advantage. 7f again like the 6f low numbers have a slight advantage. 1mile  again the low draw seems to have the advantage.  Above 1 mile no advantage.


LINGFIELD PARK: (Flat, All-weather, Jumps)  Lingfield  is mainly an all-weather circuit,  but it does also hold a few turf flat meetings,   It also so holds jump meetings through the winter months. 

The National Hunt track is Left Handed and is undulating  and shape, the  chase course is 1m5f and the hurdle  course slightly shorter,  It can get very testing in heavy going and stamina plays a big part here.                                                                                 
Flat All-Weather  draw bias.  There is not much of a bias on the all weather track,  The middle draw seens to have the advantage on all distances.

Flat Turf Draw— Now here we have a massive draw advantage un like the all weather circuit.  5f, 6f, and 7f If you are not drawn high then you have very little chance of winning, In fact the high the better, stat show the those drawn against the stand rail  (the highest drawn) have won almost half the races on its own.  The 7f  races have a huge advantage towards the high draw, with the highest two stalls winner over half the races.


LUDLOW: (Jumps)  Ludow is a Right handed 1m4f track the chase course is flat with sharp bends The hurdle course is slightly undulating with easier bends. Like most of the small National Hunt course there is a warm and friendly atmosphere here.  Trainers to note here are, Evan Williams, and Henry Daly, with Jockey Paul Maloney and Richard Johnson both having good records at Ludlow. 

MARKET RASEN: (Jumps) Before the introduction of summer jump racing Market Rasen used to be known for the first and last jump meeting of the season. The course is Right handed, tight and undulating 1m2f oval. The chase fences are on the easy side but the second last often catches horses out when they are speeding up for the finish. Leighton Aspell rides Market Rasen especially well, although he isn’t a regular at the course. Watch out for Trainer Lucy Wadham around here. Don’t be afraid to take on the favourites at Rasen, they often get beaten.

MUSSELBURGH: (Flat & Jumps)  Formerly Edinburgh Racecourse, Musselburgh caters for both codes of racing.  The Jump course is Right Handed 1,1/4m oval with tight turns and a 4f run in, It is very fair and the going rarely gets testing. The flat course is Right Handed virtually flat track with sharp turns, the circuit is 1m3f.                         
The draw Bias— Only the 7f course tends to have bias toward the high numbers, but it very slight, All other distances do not have any draw bias.

NEWBURY: (Flat & Jump)  Flat Jumps course is Left handed, flat and suits galloping types, the fences are stiff. The circuit 1m7f. Notable jump races here include The Aon Chase, Hennessy Gold Cup and The Long Distance Hurdle, Jump trainers Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls are the trainers to watch, while jockey Richard Johnson does well here, 
The flat course is Left Handed almost flat oval. The 1m straight is slightly undulating, Races on the round mile start on a chute.

The Draw Bias - It is believed a low draw is best but stats don’t back this up. There actually doesn’t appear to be any bias, over any distance.


NEWCASTLE: (Flat & Jumps) There are around 30 race meeting a year spanning both flat and National Hunt racing. The highlight is the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November for the jumpers.  The course is a left handed oval shape of 1m6f. There is also a straight course over which flat races are contested up to 1m. The course suits galloping types and the steady climb from the turn into the straight makes it testing particularly for 2 year olds early in the flat    season. For the jumpers it is important to see the distance out, many horses get caught in the final stage here.

The Draw Bias— All distances No Bias. Look out for any Easterby trained horses both flat or National Hunt. 



(Flat) Although there is only flat racing at Newmarket there are two course, the July Course and The Rowley Mile Course. The July course is 2miles with a handed bend at halfway, the first mile being part of the  Cesarewitch course, the last the straight Bunbury miles. All races upto a mile are on the straight course with is undulating, rising the last furlong to the post.  The Rowley Mile course is Right handed 2m2f Cesarewich course turning into undulating 1m2f straight. Up hill final furlong exposes stamina weakness. The course is wide and galloping. 

The Draw Bias—( July course) The draw is difficult to analyse, The nature of the July course is such that the rails are constantly being moved, making the draw bias stats worthless.                                                                                
(The Rowely Course) - 5f,6f,7,1m are all run on the straight course and there is no advantage, although in big fields it tends to favour either side rather than the middle. Front runner have a good record on this course


NEWTON ABBOT (Jumps) A tight left handed oval course of 1m2f, mainly flat, Suits front running nippy agile type. The run in on the hurdle course can be very short.

A couple of smaller trainers worth noting at the Abbot are M.Hill and Mrs S.Gardener, while Jockey Hadden Frost is the one to be on.


NOTTINGHAM: (Flat)  Nottingham is a Left Handed oval of about 1m4f, its oval in shape, flat with easy turns. Its ideal for introducing young 2 year old for there debut run.

The Draw Bias— 5f  Nottingham is perceived as a very fair track, however, the stats don’t quite back that up, High numbers have a big advantage especially those drawn highs of all on the stands rail. 6f The draw seems to be changing at Nottingham in years gone by there were no advantage over 6f, but in recent years there is a big       advantage to horses drawn High. 1m The mile course is round unlike the 5f and 6f track, and here the draw tends to slightly favour the low numbers, but with a wide course and sweeping bends it is not a huge advantage.


PERTH: (Jump) Right handed with tight bends, the course is 1m2f, with the run in longer on the chase course. There are 14 race days per season kicking off with the 3 day ’Perth Festival’ in April, and ending with the 2 day    Glorious finale in Sept. Watch out for raiders South of the boarder Peter Bowen and Nigel Twiston-Davis are never far away with their runners at Perth.

PONTEFRACT: (Flat) Pontefract is a 2mile left handed course, the last 3f are up a steep hill, It is probably the most testing course in the country it is also very undulating. Horses must have plenty of stamina to perform here.

The Draw Bias 5f No bias. 6f is interesting Low number have an advantage, but on soft or heavy going High numbers come out best. Low number come out on top especially when the going is soft and in big fields.


PLUMPTON (Jumps) Plumpton is a tight Left Handed very undulating course with a stiff up hill on the home straight. The track is 1m2f oblong shape, the fences are fairly easy although the first on the back straight is downhill and often claims its prey. It is a difficult course to negotiate. Horse must be well balanced and course specialist, or course and distance winners must be respected no matter what the price is. Trainer Gary Moore does well here and no one rides Plumpton better then our man -  Leighton Aspell.


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