Leicester Racecourse is located in the southeast of the city in Oadby. It hosts meetings throughout the year, with both flat racing and National Hunt action. The King Richard III Stakes is the highlight of the flat calendar whereas the Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase is their jump season feature.
Leicester races was the setting of one of the most infamous cases of betting scandals in British horse racing. In 1982 Flockton Grey was entered as a debutant in a race for two-year-olds. After having spread approximately £20,000 across various bookmakers, the owner and trainer switched the horse and instead ran three-year-old Good Hand, which was essentially 47lbs well in, and the horse won by 20 lengths.
Leicester Betting Tips
Over the jumps the course consists of ten fences, including two open ditches and a water jump. It is run right-handed and the test is quite fierce, with stiff fences to negotiate and an undulating, uphill run in of around 3 furlongs.
On the flat, races at Leicester are run right-handed and the course is fairly long, totalling 1 mile 6 furlongs. The nature of the track means that races up to 7 furlongs are quite a stamina-sapping test, with a downhill run until half way before running uphill for 2 furlongs and levelling out towards the finish. The result is that keener going horses tend to fade away before the run in. The going is often on the good side due to the excellent drainage. This is a key point to bear in mind when selecting our Leicester tips.
Leicester Draw Bias
When choosing our Leicester tips we often look for horses drawn lower. With no obvious bias at 5 furlongs, the advantage does tend to increase the further they go, with horses drawn on the far rail enjoying a much better win success, especially at 7 furlongs and further.
Leicester Betting Trends
Nigel Twiston-Davies leads the way in prize money over hurdles and fences at Leicester, but it’s David Pipe who has the greater success per runner. From his last 9 runners in each code he has landed 5 winners and 3 places when chasing and 4 winners and 3 places over hurdles.
Due to racing quite often for his father, Sam Twiston-Davies has taken home the most in prizes in recent times. Tom Scudamore and Connor Shoemark also have good records at the track.
Richard Fahey is the punters’ pal at Leicester, with a £26.66 profit and loss margin from his 94 runners in the past three years. In terms of win percentages, Saeed bin Suroor doesn’t send too many to Leicester. But when he has, he has managed 8 winners and 11 places from his 24 runners.
The jockey to follow on the flat is without doubt Paul Hanagan. From his 107 runners since 2013 he has amassed over £150,000 in prizes, a 26.17% strike rate and +£54.55 profit to £1 level stakes per runner.
Leicester Feature Races
- King Richard III Stakes (Listed) (7f 9y)
- Wreake Handicap (7f)
- Squirrel Handicap (1m 110y)
- Autumn Sprint Handicap (5f)
- Sir Gordon Richards Handicap (1m 3f 183y)
- Wymeswold Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (2m 6f 151y)
- Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase (2m 4f 45y)