Taunton Racecourse is found in Somerset, a National Hunt only track that hosts 15 fixtures between November and April. For over 80 years it held the title of the UK’s newest racecourse, before the opening of Chelmsford and Ffos Las. However, the track still proudly proclaims itself as the ‘youngest jumps course in England’.
Taunton Betting Tips
A sharp right-handed circuit of about a mile and a quarter in circumference, the track suits a handy, well-balanced horse. There are a number of undulations on the course, most notably a slight downhill run from the home turn. The fences are generally considered to be soft. However, the first fence in the home straight, which comes up on the downhill section of the track and quickly off the bend, is the one that will catch out any novice horses. The fences come up quickly down the straights. Consequently, a neat jumper is preferred as lost ground from mistakes can be very tough to recover.
Unlike many tracks that race throughout the winter, the going at Taunton races rarely gets desperate. The track drains well since the newly dug reservoir allows water to drain freely. However, horses can get racing a long way from home. Therefore, despite the sharp nature of the track and the generally better ground, Taunton can be an unforgiving course for those trying a step up in trip for the first time. This is something to bear in mind when selecting your Taunton betting tips.
Taunton Betting Trends
Given its position in the South West, it is no surprise that Paul Nicholls, David Pipe and Philip Hobbs are the yards who top the Taunton winners’ table. Evan Williams, however, is the most profitable trainer to follow at the track, sporting a + £29.42 level stake profit from his runners there over the last five years. Surprisingly, Nick Schofield is the winning most jockey during the same period for a small profit. He is currently six winners ahead of Richard Johnson, Aidan Coleman and Sam Twiston-Davies.
Taunton Feature Races
- Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed) (2m)