Redcar is a galloping, flat left handed track. This oval course is around fourteen furlongs in circumference and is considered to be the most flattest track in the UK, with no undulations and the mile course is the only straight level track in the country. The course has been assigned as a grade four venue, with only two pattern races, both of which are listed class in status.
Arguably the most popular days racing held at Redcar is on Zetland Gold Cup day, a race which is a handicap that is run on a Bank Holiday Monday.
In my opinion, it is a very fair track for most horses to handle,as there are no undulations, so balance is less important and there is a long straight giving horses the chance to find their stride and jockeys sufficient time to find a good position during a race.
However, some jockeys ride the course better than others, and some of the names that are near the top of the list in term of the amount of winners may surprise a few.
David Allan has ridden more winners here than anyone else who is currently riding with 76 winners, he is then followed by Paul Mulrennan on 60 winners, and the next three who complete the winners chart of top five jockeys are;
Paul Hanaghan – 59 winners
Tony Hamilton – 52 winners
Tom Eaves – 52 winners
They are however, proving expensive to follow from a betting point of view and there are some interesting Jockey/trainer combinations that are worth noting as shown below.
Please note: Profit and Loss figures (P/L) is based on level stakes betting of one Euro per bet to SP.
Jockey/Trainer: G Gibbons/T Barron
Bets: 52 Wins:12 Strike Rate: 23.08% P/L+49.01
Jockey/Trainer: D Tudhope/D O Meara
Bets: 111 Wins:26 Strike Rate: 23.42% P/L+46.34
Additional note; Class 4 to class 6 Handicaps are proven to be much more profitable.
Jockey/Trainer: N Evans/M Easterby
Bets: 28 Wins:8 Strike Rate: 28.57% P/L+29.50
Additional note; Stick to handicap races, in particular any race for three years and older or just handicaps for older horses.