Chepstow – A Guide To Flat Racecourses

Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow Racecourse is a left-handed track, galloping in nature but with undulating features with downhill intersections.
It is a dual purpose course accommodating both Flat and Jumps racing at various times of the year but it must be noted the better quality races take place over the jumps whilst the mediocre races are run on the flat.
The circuit is nearly two miles in length and there is a straight course for flat races up to a mile.
Interestingly, despite the demands of the course, horses can win from the front, according to my records, races over the straight mile and six furlong races are suitable for such a way of racing, and it can often be dangerous in small fields for one to be allowed to dictate a steady pace from the offset over these distances.
As Chepstow is based in Wales, I am usually curious to note which trainers send runners this far away from where they are based. Two trainers worth noting when they decide to send runners this far is Andrew Balding and Ralph Beckett, they are well considered as very able and astute when it comes to planning the right type of horse for the right type of race at certain courses.
Here is a breakdown of their profitable modus operandi when it comes to having runners at this course.
A. Balding; any horse contesting a 4yo+ handicap
Bets: 28 Wins: 14 strike rate: 50% P/L +28.85 (SP)
R Beckett; any horse contesting a 4yo+ handicap
Bets: 10 Wins: 6 strike rate: 60% P/L +26.75 (SP)
As you may have noted they don’t send too many runners, and to be fair its a long way to travel when you consider all the logistics involved. So when they do send horses to take part, it’s usually a sign that the horse(s) is expected to be competitive.
There are a couple of worthy mentions for trainers who operate well in non-handicap races, they are; T Wall in 3yo+ races, M Saunders in 3yo+ races and finally P Bowen who although is more recognised as a jumps trainer he does hold a flat licence and although it is rare to see him have a runner on the flat they should be noted when contesting a non-handicap race at this venue.
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