Ascot – A Guide to UK Jump Racecourses

Ascot Racecourses

Ascot Racecourse is a galloping, stiff, right handed track with big fences. It is a triangle shape course and the jump circuit is around thirteen furlongs in circumference. It is a dual purpose course with both Flat and Jumps racing taking place throughout the year and is certainly a grade one track with top class action occurring under both codes each season.

There are three grade one races at the venue for National Hunt racing, the first being the Long Walk Hurdle raced over an extended three miles during the month of December, the second is the Clarence House Chase over two miles and one furlong (January) and the last grade one action of the season is the Ascot Chase over two miles and five furlongs and is run in February.

In addition to the grade one races touched upon, there are six grade two races, three grade three events and five listed races, bringing the total of seventeen pattern races per season.

In the Autumn of 2004 Ascot went under renovation, the total cost was in excess of £200 million pounds, they also relayed the surface which contained different soil elements and a specific percentage ratio combining and not exclusively Rye and Meadowgrass on top, this may in part explain why some horses are able to perform better around here than at other courses as the overall and underlying surface is unique.

Further below are some trainer angles for your consideration at the venue.

Please note: Profit and Loss figures (P/L) is based on level stakes betting of one Euro per bet to SP.

Trainer: V Williams

Course: Ascot

Race Type: Handicap Chase (Not Novice in Status)

Bets: 95 Wins: 16 Strike Rate: 16.84% P/L+83.00

Additional note; Profits can be increased further or should I say losses reduced if focusing on all the yards runners that race in distance races of three miles or below. It is also worth noting that the trainer is very consistent in terms of the win strike rate in relation to the class status of the race, so any handicap race from class one to class four does qualify.

Trainer: A King

Course: Ascot

Race Type: Non-Handicap Hurdle (Maiden races only)

Bets: 16  Wins: 5 Strike Rate: 31.25% P/L+54.00


Additional note; Alan King isn’t just profitable in maiden hurdle races at the track, he has proved to be worth following in novice hurdle races as well, if you stick to his runners that are racing below two miles and four furlongs you would have saved yourself another seven losing bets with no winners coming in races beyond this set point.