Brighton Racecourse is one of the quirkiest in the UK and Ireland. A horseshoe shape with plentiful undulations, it boasts one of the prettiest views in the country on a sunny day. It features views out to the English Channel to the right of the Grandstand, towards the area where the horses are pulled up after the end of a race.
Brighton Betting Tips
Being one of just three remaining tracks that are not an enclosed loop makes races at Brighton a unique test. This is due to the fact that horses have to go the full race distance to get to the start. Brighton racecourse receives more than its share of specialists due to its quirky undulations. A climb uphill from the mile and a half start flattens out across the kinks on the top of the course before a roller coaster downhill turn for home and a rise again to the line.
It isn’t a course that suits a big galloping horse, with the smaller nippier type much preferred. Those who have kicked on down the hill are often then treading water in the last furlong on the climb to the line. This regularly results in running carnage. Form here will often translate well to similar switchback tracks such as Epsom and Goodwood. As a general rule it is easy to forgive a horse a poor run at Brighton.
Brighton Draw Bias
20 years ago there was a perceived bias towards the low drawn runners, especially over 5 furlongs. However, the jockeys have tended to race further towards the middle in recent years and it’s tough to find a bias of any kind at Brighton races apart from on soft ground. Traditionally, when there is plenty of cut horses come stands side and in those circumstances a high draw is favoured, with the best of the ground to run on up the rail.
Brighton Betting Trends
Favourites tend to do well in non-handicaps, while Paul Cole is the man to note with his runners at Brighton. He has sent out 9 winners from 32 runners in the last 5 years. But it is with his juveniles that the record is even more impressive. It takes a particular juvenile to succeed at Brighton and Cole’s record of 4 winners from 10 runners suggests he knows exactly what he has that will suit the course.
Our betting tips research often closely considers Godolphin runners given their classy pedigrees, and here at Brighton is no different. The famous blue silks aren’t seen here that often – just 45 runners in the last 5 seasons – but they have a 29% strike rate with 13 winners in that time.
Brighton Feature Races
- Brighton Challenge Cup (Handicap) (1m 4f)
- Brighton Challenge Trophy (Handicap) (1m)