Brighton – A Guide to Flat Racecourses

Brighton Racecourse

Brighton Racecourse is a very undulating left-handed track, with downhill intersections on various parts of the course, although up along the finishing straight the gradients are on the rise.

The configuration of the course is often described as a horseshoe and the longest distance race currently held here is only twelve furlongs long.

You need a well-balanced horse that has enough ability to travel well in its races due to the pronounced gradients which have been known to cause horses some problems during a race.

Horses that have faired well at other undulating tracks can go well here, tracks such as Lingfield (turf course) Epsom, Goodwood all have racecourse similar attributes.

You can often find that when the ground is riding soft or heavy that a fair proportion of jockeys elect to come to the stand side in the home straight as it tends to ride less deep on the top surface, in particular after a prolonged spell of recent rain.

It is usually an advantage in two-year-old races to have previous race experience as horses making their career debuts can get unbalanced, it’s not an easy track to deal with even at the best of times.

Extra bonus points are usually given to course specialist types because of this fact but that can often be reflected in the betting market as well, although there are some exceptions as the results show below.

Backing any horse that is a course and distance winner on two occasions over seven furlongs and is now running in a handicap over this distance.

Bets: 80 Wins: 16 strike rate: 20% P/L +60.34 (SP)

Backing any horse that is a course and distance winner on two occasions over ten furlongs and is now running in a handicap over this distance.

Bets: 40 Wins: 9 strike rate: 22.50% P/L +32.66 (SP)

Trainer George Baker may not be the leading trainer at the course in terms of strike rate but he is in terms of profitability betting to level stakes.

With better prices often found in handicap races backing his runners at the course would show the following:

Bets: 103 Wins: 20 strike rate: 19.42% P/L +98.75 (SP)

There are other trainers worth noting when sending their runners to Brighton, namely; H Morrison, J Best, B Saunders and R Charlton.

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