Chepstow Racecourse is located just across the Welsh border, a stone’s throw from the Severn Bridge. It is a dual purpose course situated between Bristol and Cardiff which means that racedays are usually lively affairs. Their big meeting, the Welsh National, occurs just after Christmas. This is a race that has long been a staple of the season.
Chepstow Betting Tips
A left-handed track of just under two miles in circumference, Chepstow racecourse is very undulating. Fundamentally a galloping track, especially in winter when the ground can ride very soft, stamina is an important consideration. However, the course can ride very differently when the ground is quick, with a downhill run from the back straight and again after the last meaning extreme hold up tactics can be difficult.
The chase fences are very fair as well as well-spaced and inviting. Five fences are in the home straight where the undulation can unbalance a horse. Also, on soft ground tired late falls often occur. There are three hurdles in the back straight and four on the run for home. The first in the straight comes up quite quickly from the home bend on both courses and can be tricky, with the pace quickening after the downhill run from the back straight.
A track that can be something of a specialists paradise, Chepstow racecourse is difficult for juveniles. All races up to a mile are run on the heavily undulated straight course which is a real test of a green two year old. Even for older horses, a poor run at Chepstow can easily be forgiven from a form point of view, given the nature of the unbalancing test of the course.
Chepstow Draw Bias
High numbers are on the stands side rail at Chepstow races and on the straight course this is the place to be. However, the bias is more prevalent in bigger fields over the mile trip, when the ground is on the soft side. Low numbers can also draw a small advantage.
Chepstow Betting Trends
A pair of trainer/jockey combinations are worth following at Chepstow. The Bowen team of Peter and Sean boasts an enviable record: Sean is 22/68 (32%) for a level stakes profit of +£72.48. Evan Williams and Paul Moloney are also profitable, with the latter earning a +£91.25 profit from the last five seasons.
For a young jockey, Tom Marquand has adapted to the unique test that Chepstow presents extremely well. He currently boasts a 21% strike rate at the course (18/86) for a level stakes profit of +£27.36. He is particularly worth following on the older handicappers, with a 24% strike rate for a +£34.45 since gaining his licence in 2014. It is also worth considering Willie Haggas runners. The Newmarket trainer boasts 9 winners and 9 placed horses from just 21 runners at the South Wales track from the last three seasons alone!
Chepstow Feature Races
- Persian War Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 4f)
- Finale Juvenle Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m)
- Welsh National (Grade 3 Handicap) (3m 5f)