Fontwell – A Guide to UK Jump Racecourses

Fontwell Racecourses

Fontwell racecourse is a tight, flat, figure of eight track. The circuit is about one mile in circumference and is the only figure of eight jump course in the country. Interestingly, they go left handed on the hurdles course and right handed on the chase course. So it’s worth bearing in mind that a course winner over hurdles that is now competing over fences isn’t a course winner in the rational sense and of course some horses have a preference running in one direction then another.

The hurdle track has four hurdles whilst there are seven fences on the chase circuit. As previously mentioned, it’s a  tight track and long striding gallopers can be found out, it often worth considering opposing a short price favourite making their debut at the course having already shown an aptitude for galloping tracks.

Ground conditions can get fairly testing when there is rain as the course doesn’t seem to drain well, another factor to consider when there is unpredictable weather. There can be an advantage on deep going if the jockey elects to race wide even though he is racing further out as the surface tend to ride less testing than by the far rail.

Their main feature races are the National Spirit Hurdle, a grade two event run over two miles and three and a half furlongs and takes place in February each year and the Southern National over three miles and three furlongs in November.

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: C Gordon

Course: Fontwell

Race Type: Handicap Hurdle (Not Novice in Status)

Bets: 197 Wins: 35 Strike Rate: 17.77% P/L+137.05

Additional note; Despite the moderate win strike rate, clearly this should be overlooked when you look at the overall returns to level stakes from a decent sample size. It is not a high profile stable, hence there is often value to be had when backing their runners at the venue in the circumstances mentioned above. Profits can be increased further by omitting runners contesting a class two race, which makes sense when you consider the quality of horses in the yard’s care and taking on some of the better horses from bigger stables has shown so far to not be profitable with no winners to date in this classification. Any class race from three to five should catch your attention.

Trainer: N Mulholland

Course: Fontwell

Race Type: Handicap Hurdle (Novice in status)

Bets: 70 Wins: 17 Strike Rate: 24.29% P/L+65.55


Additional note; A good strike rate and a good return is how I would sum this up. The trainer does have a knack of doing well at certain low key courses, this is one them. He does particularly well with his younger horses from four to seven years of age although has had the odd winner with his older horses.