Wincanton Racecourse

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Wincanton racecourse.jpg
Main Buildings and Parade ring
Location Wincanton, Somerset, England
Owned by Jockey Club Racecourses
Screened on Racing UK
Course type National Hunt
Notable races Kingwell Hurdle
Official website

Wincanton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wincanton, Somerset, England.

The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. Three fences in quick succession in the second half of the home-straight make for exciting racing and often change the complexion of a finish dramatically; resulting in a great many close finishes.[1]

The track stages several big races, including the Kingwell Hurdle in February. The CGA Chase (previously the Jim Ford Challenge Cup, last run in 2012) was run on the same day; these races were significant trials for the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup respectively. Several of the races at the course are shown on Channel 4.[2]

The track is located near to the yard of the trainer, Paul Nicholls and as such many of his promising young horses run here.[3]

During the year to 2008, the course had the second highest casualty rate in the country, with 9 deaths. [4]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
February Saturday Kingwell Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4yo +
November Friday Badger Ales Trophy Chase Handicap 3m 1f 110y 4yo+
November Saturday Elite Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4yo +
November Saturday Rising Stars Novices' Chase Chase Grade 2 2m 5f 4yo +


  1. ^ "Wincanton". Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Snowden, Steve (2009-10-04). "Racing returns to Wincanton Racecourse this week". This is the Westcountry. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wincanton". At the races. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "New report names Britain's most lethal racecourses" (Press release). Animal Aid. 19 March 2008. 

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Coordinates: 51°03′53″N 2°25′21″W / 51.0647°N 2.4226°W / 51.0647; -2.4226