Southwell Racecourse is located in Nottinghamshire and is a dual purpose track. It has the country’s only Fibresand All Weather surface used during the winter for the flat racing with jumping using portable obstacles on the inner turf track during the summer months.
Southwell Betting Tips
The jumps course is found inside of the All Weather track with a smaller circumference of 9 furlongs. It has tight turns which favours those ridden handy, especially on quick summer ground. Despite the tight nature of the track, when the ground gets heavy in the winter it becomes a true test of stamina, with finishers very much on the low side. The portable fences are stiff and take plenty of jumping. This means that it can be a tricky place to take a novice since fences come up quickly down both straights.
All Weather Course
The only Fibresand All Weather surface in the country makes Southwell racecourse something of a specialist track. A mile and a quarter round with a run in of over 3 furlongs, it tends to favour front runners. Fibresand is not only a deep surface, but also produces more kickback than either Polytrack or Tapeta. These are what makes it tough to make up ground. Many horses visibly dislike having the kickback coming back at them from the front runners.
Southwell Draw Bias
The strip down the middle of the straight is generally regarded to be the quickest part of the track at Southwell. Therefore, those drawn low to middle have an advantage over those drawn closer to the stand rail on the 5 furlong sprint track.
With a fair run to the bend over all trips here, the bias is only very slight. The inside tends to be deep, meaning low-mid seems the place to be over 6 furlongs (stalls 3-6). The bend coming up relatively quickly serves as a disadvantage to the high numbers. There is no bias over 7 furlongs. Interestingly, however, over the mile trip the track seems to favour those drawn high. The long run to the bend over a mile allows the jockeys plenty of time to adopt the position that they are looking for to get onto the favoured middle strip.
Southwell Betting Trends
On the flat, Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum is the leading owner. He’s sent a total of 88 horses to the All Weather track in the last five seasons, but they have an exceptional strike rate with 32 winning for a 36% strike rate. He appears to be sending runners to the track last frequently in the last two years but they are still worth respecting.
Over jumps, top jockeys Paddy Brennan, Harry Skelton and Noel Fehily all are showing good level stakes profits over the last five seasons, with strike rates from 20% to 30%. Their numbers have been helped by horses ridden by Richard Johnson and A P McCoy being underpriced in the market (both have healthy strike rates at the track) so it may be worth looking away from the big names and to the smaller jockeys now McCoy has retired.
Southwell Feature Races
- Vision Apprentices Handicap Chase (2m 4f)