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REDCAR: (Flat) Redcar is completely flat. The round course is about 1 mile 4 1/2 furlongs in circumference with a straight run-in of 5 furlongs. The mile course is perfectly straight, the 5,6,and 7 furlong races are also run on the same course
.                                                                                                                                             The draw Bias— 5F There is a definite advantage to the Low draw, and for some strange reason the advantage is greater in smaller fields.  6F, the 6f races are run on the same course has the 5f, However for some unknown    reason the draw advantage is completely opposite with High numbers having the advantage. 7f and 1m there doesn’t seem to be any advantage.

RIPON: (Flat)  The course is a flat right handed oval of 1m5f with a sharp bend preceding the 5f run in. There is a chute which creates a 6f straight course. The cramped bends and undulations in the straight makes the course very sharp. Besides the draw bias, Ripon has one other big bias, Front runners. Stats show that front runners win more races at Ripon than any other course in the UK. If you can identify a front runner here especially on the round course than get on it,  Backing front runner can often prove better than following the draw bias.

The Draw Bias— 5f, In fields of about 12 or less the High draw is massively favoured. However, with big fields the horses tend to split into two groups, and the horses draw low have the advantage. 6F, Like the 5f horses draw high have an advantage, but when the going is soft or heavy then the Low numbers do better.  1 mile Low numbers have a huge advantage, Ideally with the tight bends, a front runner with a low draw should take some pegging back.

SALISBURY: (Flat) Salisbury is a straight track on which all races up to a mile are run. Longer races start opposite the Grandstand and travel the wrong way on the home straight before turning left on to a loop which brings them back the right way on the home straight. Salisbury is an unusual course and mostly uphill all the way up the straight which makes it quite testing. The course suits the galloping type. Trainer Malcolm Sanders and jockey Tom Mclaughlin do well here.

The Draw Bias— 5f, Low numbers are slightly favoured, However There not many race at this trip at Salisbury. 6F again a slight advantage to low drawn horses. 7f and 1 mile No advantage. 5f to a mile all races are on the same course, and while there is slight advantage to the low numbers over 5 and 6 the further the distance the less the draw.

SANDOWN PARK: (Flat & Jumps)  Sandown covers both flat and Jumps racing and also has hold a mixed flat and jumps meeting. Sandown has has 3 iconic racedays each year, encompassing both the flat and jumps season. In April a 2 day meeting features the Bet365 Gold Cup over the jumps and the Bet 365 Classic trail on the flat.  A 2 day meeting in July features The Coral Eclipse, and In December the Christmas festival features the Tingle Creek. The chase course is right handed with a stiff uphill finish. The hurdles is run over the flat course.
The usual suspects have their far share of winners here
Trainers Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, and jockeys Richard Johnson and Tony McCoy.
The Flat course is a Right handed oval of 1m5f with a 4f up hill run in. There is a separate 5f sprint course that runs diagonal through the centre of the round course. It is said to be the fastest 5f course in the country,                                                        

The Draw Bias— 5f It is generally thought low numbers are best, but the stats do not completely back this up, it seems to change from meeting to meeting, However when the going is Soft, Then low number have a big  advantage. 7F, Low numbers are favoured, even more so in large fields, 1 mile and over no draw bias:     


SEDGEFIELD: (Jumps) A Left handed undulating oval with sharp bends. The chase course has easy fences and is of 1m2f in circumference .  Course and Distance horses are worth following at Sedgefield, and although the course is on the tight side, it does however suit the galloping types.  Sedgefield can get really testing in heavy going. Trainers Sue Smith and Ferdy Murphy do well here, and Jockeys James Reveley and Ryan Mania know the course better than most.

SOUTHWELL: (Flat. All-Weather & Jumps) The All weather track is a left handed fibresand oval of 1.3/4 miles.       The turf course is used for both National Hunt and Flat racing, It lies within the all weather track and is a furlong shorter. They only hold one or two flat meetings on the Turf.

The Draw Bias—  There is very little advantage on the All weather track at any distance, and there are very few turf flat races to go on.

Over the Jumps watch out from Trainer Keith Reveley and Jockey James Reveley combination.


STRATFORD UPON AVON: (Jumps)  Known better has just Stratford, It is a flat sharp left handed triangular circuit of 1,1/4 miles.  There are 8 fences per circuit with a water jump in front of the stands.  Racing at Stratford dates back to 1755.  Stratford hold around 18 meetings per year in the Summer months. Trainers to Note are —                   
Tim Vaughan.  Peter Bowen, and David Pipe.  Jockeys— Aidan Coleman,  and Tom Scudamore .

Stratford is just one of an handful of courses to keep it's water jump:

TAUNTON: (Jumps) 1m2f oval circuit, Right handed with two long straights and tight bends. The course was the last racecourse to be opened in Britain for 81 years, until Great Leighs hosted its first race in 2008, followed the  subsequent year by Ffos Las. Taunton holds around 13 meeting per year, It is a friendly countryside course and  attracts many smaller trainers from the South West area.  Trainers to note are - Colin Tizzard and Evan Williams..  Jockeys Joe Tizzard and Richard Johnson do particularly well around Taunton.

THIRSK: (Flat) Thirsk is a Left-handed oval of about 1m2f with a 6f chute and a 4f run-in. Sharp and almost level.

The Draw Bias— 5f A massive bias towards the high numbers, Low numbers don’t win many races here, However, when the going is very soft or Heavy the bias seems to disappear . 6f This is run over the same course has the 5f and bias is the same with high numbers favoured. 7f This is run around one bend and the draw stats indicate a small advantage to the Low numbers, but in heavy ground high numbers show an advantage. 1m and over No draw Bias.

TOWCESTER: (Jumps) Is a Right handed 1m6f circuit with a very demanding 1 mile up hill finish.  Horses with plenty of stamina are require around here especially in soft or heavy going, Horses that looked out of it rounding the final bend can still come back to win up the gruelling hill.  Hats off to Towcester Racecourse, It is the only course in the country with FREE Admission  (excluding certain meetings).  Trainers to note are— Kim Bailey and Henry Daily. Jockey Nick Scholfield rides Towester particularly well.  Course and Distance horses are also worth following here.

UTTOXETER: (Jumps) Uttoxeter is a Left handed oval shaped course of around 1m3f, The back straight has a dog leg to the right and is very undulating. The chase course has 8 fences per circuit the last on the home straight being an open ditch which is jumped at least twice. The hurdle course runs inside the chase course. There are 5 flights per circuit (plus one on the 2m chute) with minimum of 8 flights to be jumped per race.  Uttoxeter’s highlights are the Betfred Midlands Grand National held in March and The John Smith Summer Cup held at the end of June.  There are also very popular family race days and Ladies days held at the Midlands track. Course and Distance winners are worth siding with around this specialist course.


WARWICK: (Flat & Jumps)  Warwick races under both codes, The flat course is a Left handed sharp track of about 1m6f with a dog leg 5f course.  The National Hunt course is Left Handed with tight turns and a short run in, the  circuit is 1m5f. The jumps fixture highlights include  The Betfred Classic Chase in January and The Racing Post Arkle Trophy trail in February, The Flat racing highlight is The Listed Warwickshire Oaks in June.

Flat Draw Bias— 5f Low numbers are favoured, Although not many races are run over this distance at Warwick.       5f 100yds Rather surprisingly the stats suggest that High numbers come out the best.  6f No draw advantage over this trip with High, Low, and Middle draws having their far share of winners. 7f No advantage. 1m the stats say that high numbers have a slight advantage.


WETHERBY: (Jump) 1m4f Left handed oval with easy bends, Wetherby is a fair track and a good track to introduce young novices learning their trade. Out of the 9 Yorkshire tracks Wetherby is the only one to host National hunt   racing only.  Trainer Sue Smith does well here especially when Trever Hemming is the owner.

WINCANTON: (Jumps) Wincanton is 1m3f oblong circuit and is mainly flat, It is a fair track, However the jumps can be quite testing. The chase fences are large with three fences in quick succession on the second half of the home straight.. There are 17 meetings per season from October to May with the highlights being Kingwell Hurdle in February and the CGA chase on the same day which are used for trials for the Champion Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup respectively. Daryl Jacob and Paul Nicholls are the jockey and trainer to follow around here.

WINSOR: (Flat) Windsor used to be a duel purpose track hosting both codes of racing, But in the late 1990s it ditched the National Hunt fixtures and became a flat racing course. The course is a figure of eight shape of 1,1/2m. The bends are on the sharp side.

The Draw Bias— 5f There isn’t much of a bias, but the stats do suggest drawn high has a slight advantage.  6f— Again there is a small bias towards the high number. 1m Again High numbers have a slight advantage, but the bias is so small its probably not worth bothering about.

WOLVERHAMPTON: (All-Weather flat) Left Handed Polytrack all weather track, Wolverhampton is an oval circuit of about 1 mile. The 6f and 7f starts are both from chutes on the outside of the track.

The Draw Bias—5f No real advantage, However for large field the stats show a definite swing towards the high draw. 5f,216yds No bias what so ever.  7fThere is a slight advantage for Middle to High, which is strange has the start is from a chute that runs straight on to a left hand bend. 1m– Another strange draw, over this distance Low numbers have an advantage, However in large field the horse drawn highest has also a good record.

WORCESTER: (Jumps) Worcester is fair Left Handed 1m5f oval with two long straights and easy turns. There are 9 fences per circuit 5 on the back straight and home on the home straight. There are no major races run here but it does boast 21 meetings per year and not one but two Sunday Family funday’s and the very popular Ladies day.  Trainer Jonjo O’Neill, and jockey Tony McCoy are the leading commination at Worcester.

YARMOUTH: (Flat) To give it it’s full name Great Yarmouth Racecourse is a left handed oblong course of 1m5f. There is a straight course, over which races of up to one mile can be run, popular for 2 year Old horses. Ability to see the distance out thoroughly is most important.  The starting positions on the straight course, 5,6,7f  and 1m are on Stand side. On the round course races from 1mf and above the starting stalls are on the inside. 

The Draw Bias 5f The stats suggest High numbers have the edge when the going is good or on the fast side. When the going is soft or heavy Low numbers have the advantage. 6f No advantage over this distance. 7f High number are best, even more so when the going is soft or heavy. 1m No draw advantage.

(Flat) Arguably the best racecourse in the country, it is flat and a fair  Left handed course of 2miles with a near 5f run in, ideal for powerful gallopers, There is no hiding place here for the weaker horses. 7f races start from a spur and it can become a very testing 7f especially in soft or heavy going. York is the home of the famous Ebor  meeting. The course is also called the Knavesmire and racing has taken place there since 1731, it is also said to be the place where Dick Turpin was hanged.

The Draw Bias—High numbers are favoured, this changes to High number on soft or heavy going. 6f Just a slight bias towards the high drawn horses. 7f— There is a greater bias over this trip for the high numbers, and it seems very hard for horses to win from a low draw. 1m Not much of a bias, Although Low number have a sight advantage in large fields.




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