Nottingham Racecourse can be found just east of the city centre in Colwick Park. The River Trent runs along the back straight and the greyhound stadium is located adjacent to the home straight, to the left of the grandstand. Both jump and flat racing formed the track programme until 1996 when the course became flat only. Interestingly, a (little known at the time) conditional by the name of Timmy Murphy won the final jumps race at the track.
Nottingham Betting Tips
Since the abolition of jumps racing, races at Nottingham have been hosted on two flat tracks: an inner track used in the spring and autumn and the outer track used in the summer. This allows both courses plenty of time to recover from being raced upon, resulting in an excellent surface underfoot. Both courses are approximately a mile and a half round, with the track being almost flat, bar a few undulations early in the straight. There is more than a half mile run in on the round course. However, with such a sharp turn in, front runners can often steal a race off the front.
In general, the track favours those who race up with the pace, especially over the shorter trips. Looking for a sole front runner on the round course is often an angle into a contest. However, it’s not all one way traffic. Due to the length of the straight, there is a tendency to get racing early here which is beneficial for the hold up horses.
Nottingham Draw Bias
High numbers have gradually become more profitable over the last couple of years on the straight course with the stands side rail to run against. This trend is more prevalent when the ground is decent, with low numbers getting a greater chance when the ground is riding on the softer side.
There is a slight bias to those drawn low over a mile on the round track at Nottingham races. The back straight has a slight left-handed curve. As the home turn is on the sharp side, those drawn close to the rails have less ground to cover. However, given the long straight, the bias is marginal, with wider horses having plenty of time to get back into the race.
Nottingham Betting Trends
The stand out jockey at Nottingham last season (2015/2016) was Jim Crowley, who had outstanding statistics. He managed 8 winners from just 27 strike rate, for a 30% strike rate. Even more impressively, he managed this feat on horses relatively unfancied by the market, as he recorded a +£44 level stakes profit. None of these wins came in the feature races either, suggesting he’s well worth following here at Nottingham mid week.
Nottingham Feature Races
- Further Flight Stakes (Listed) (1m 6f)
- Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) (6f)
- Nottinghamshire Oaks Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Colwick Cup (Handicap) (1m 6f 15y)
- Morpheus Handicap (1m 75y)