Lingfield Park Racecourse is located in Surrey and offers jumps as well as flat racing on both the turf and the Polytrack. The new Good Friday meeting is the highlight of the season as the culmination of the All Weather Championships which run qualifying races throughout the winter at every All Weather track.
Lingfield Park Betting Tips
The jump course at Lingfield Park is essentially a sharp track of a mile and a half in circumference. However, the ground tends to be very soft in winter and this makes it more of a stamina test. The fences are well spaced. There are four down the back, three in the home straight and a pair on the side at the top of the hill. The second of those on the side is an open ditch. This can often be the key fence, with horses beginning to tire as it comes four fences from home and following a steady climb up the hill. A mistake here can put a horse on the back foot for the subsequent downhill run.
The flat course at Lingfield Park races is a mile and a half round with a steady climb up the back straight. Its feature is the drop from the top of the hill at about the 6 furlong point to the home turn. This makes it the closest bend to Epsom’s Tattenham Corner than at any other track. It can also often be a sound test for those wishing to put their credentials on the line for one of the Epsom Classics. The seven and a half furlong course straight course is heavily undulating. The track runs primarily downhill and is a test of speed. It also suits horses that are well-balanced racing close to the pace.
All Weather Course
A left-handed pear shaped track of just under a mile and a quarter round, Lingfield racecourse’s Polytrack is primarily flat. However, there is a slight rise on the side straight which dips round the home turn. The track is sharp in nature. Nevertheless, it has always maintained a reputation as a course where it is difficult to make all the running. The home straight is less than a quarter mile in length. Those who are slightly wide behind the leaders and who slingshot off the last bend to the middle of the home straight tend to fare best.
Lingfield Park Draw Bias
On the straight course there is a sizable bias to being drawn high and close to the stand side rail. In fact, it is one of the most prominent biases in the country! Our betting tips often focus on horses drawn next to the rail and that can jump and travel. Horses that have to challenge up the middle of the track find themselves at a serious disadvantage.
It is difficult to detect any real bias on the All Weather track. The 5 furlong start comes just before a bend, so a high draw is often considered to be an inconvenience. But with the majority of fields in single figures, there tends to be no bias. The slingshot effect mentioned above means that there is no massive bias over 6 or 7 furlongs either. However, over a mile the high numbers, interestingly, have a slight edge. The 10 furlong start is directly in front of the stands, so a low draw is favoured for taking a position early on. However, there is more than enough time for wide runners to find themselves a racing slot.
Lingfield Park Betting Trends
Unsurprisingly, Adam Kirby is the man to follow on the All Weather at Lingfield Park races. He boasts an excellent 21% strike rate and his bump and run style is the one to back. On the turf, Godolphin runners do well, boasting a 29% strike rate. William Haggas’s runners are 13/38 for a 34% strike rate, meaning that his horses are well worth a second look.
There are not many jump meetings over the course of the year. That said, Dan Skelton has made a big impression with limited runners, winning with five of the nine that he has sent to Lingfield Park racecourse.
Lingfield Park Feature Races
- Winter Derby (Group 3) (1m 2f)
- Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) (1m 3f 110y)
- Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) (1m 3f 110y)