Newbury – A Guide To Flat Racecourses

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse is a galloping, flat left handed track. The circuit is around fifteen furlongs in circumference with a long finishing straight. The venue holds both Flat and Jump racing and despite the flat course being home to the group one Lockinge Stakes, it is still listed as a grade two course.

There are a further twelve group races throughout the year, ten of those are listed as group three and the other two are two group races.

Being a course that is very galloping in nature means it can be hard for horses to make all the running and still win, especially in distance races beyond a mile, this can be exacerbated further if racing against a headwind.

Newbury is slightly unusual when it comes to assessing the advantages of the draw, sometimes it can have no impact and yet on other days it can, it can also vary where the advantage lies if there are any, which means it could be low, middle or high. Furthermore, Newbury can be subjected to a pace bias on some occasions when ground conditions have been unnaturally watered. It can, therefore, be advisable to assess how the first few races are run to see what the state of play is, so to speak.

When it comes to the clash of generations, new versus old, three-year-olds taking on their elders, it can vary as to holds sway over the long term, it all depends on how good the current crop of three years old are or if the older horses can improve sufficiently to give a favourable age weight allowance and still come out on top.

You could also look at how results are sometimes dependent based on the distance of the race when the generations do clash. In races over eight furlongs at Newbury has seen the older generation come out on top, in fact betting all four-year-olds contesting a 3yo+ handicap would have netted you a profit of +59.93 to level stakes, yet over twelve furlongs backing three-year-olds against their elders would have seen a profit of +23.33, again to equal stakes per bet.

Here below, are some angles for a couple of trainers who can be profitable to follow.

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

Trainer: John Gosden

2yo runners contesting a Non-Handicap

Bets: 148 Wins: 29 Strike Rate: 19.59% P/L+28.76

Trainer: Ralph Beckett

Any three-year-old runner contesting a 3yo Handicap

Bets: 46 Wins: 8 Strike Rate: 17.39% P/L+17.01

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