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Wincanton Racecourse is at Wincanton,Somerset in the west of England.

Wincanton differs from most English race tracks as they race right handed here.

Track circumference is quite small at 1 mile and about 3 furlongs.

Short run in of just over 200 yards.

Wincanton is a galloping track which often favours front runners,however the bends are quite tight,so some agility is needed.

Horses must also jump well to prevail at Wincanton,as the fences are more difficult than most other National Hunt courses.


The complexion of races can change dramatically at Wincanton as there are 3 close fences to be negotiated in the home straight and accurate jumping is required so close to the winning post.

No stamina requirements needed to win at Wincanton,in fact,the straight to winning line is slightly downhill,which is the opposite to most courses.

Nine fences in all (2 open ditches),per circuit at Wincanton.

The hurdle course has just 6 hurdles per circuit,with 2 of those in the home straight.

Some National Hunt tracks have removed their water jumps as they are considered by many to be dangerous to horse and jockey,however Wincanton still retain their water jump obstacle.

Just National Hunt racing at Wincanton with no flat fixtures hosted.

If you are going racing in a group,either family or work colleagues,you can get a big saving on admission - minimum number 10,and events manager will provide you with details.

Young racegoers under 17 get in free at Wincanton (must be with an adult).

Wincanton Racecourse host about 17 fixtures every year in winter months from October through to May.

Like most courses,if you want a leisurely sit down restaurant meal,you should book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Good quality racing at Wincanton,and the Kingwell Hurdle,And the CGA Chase,held in February,are considered as significant trial races for the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Top National Hunt trainer Paul Nichols is located very close to Wincanton and often introduces his useful young horses to racing here at Wincanton Racecourse.

Families who want to picnic will need to visit the Course Enclosure,where good viewing of the racing is guaranteed,and there is also a bar and food outlet.

Hunting enthusiasts were holding steeplechase races many years before the track was opened,and many insist,the first steeplechases in England were held in this area.

The Wincanton Racecourse,at this location,is a relatively new track by U.K. standards and was opened in 1927.

Disabled racing fans get a good deal at Wincanton Racecourse with ,lift access,reserved areas for wheelchairs,and a special viewing platform situated right on the winning line.

Rail travelers are not too badly served,and if you alight at Templecombe Station (about 4 miles from track),a courtesy bus will ferry you to the track quickly.

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