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Where is Wincanton Racecourse?
Wincanton Racecourse is 1km north of the small Somerset town on the B3081 and just north of the A303. It is 25km north-east of Yeovil.
Templecombe is the closest rail station 8km south of the track with a free shuttle bus operating on race days.
What is Wincanton Racecourse Famous For?
The first Wincanton Races were held just south of the town on Hatherleigh Farm in 1867. World War I brought financial difficulties but Lord Stalbridge's investment helped fund construction at Kingwell Farm when the lease for Hatherleigh expired in 1925. The first meeting at the current location was held on Easter Monday 1927.
Wincanton survived another brush with bankruptcy at the end of World War II before being bought by the Racecourse Holdings Trust, now Jockey Club Racecourses, in 1966. The track has been upgraded several times since and attracts strong fields thanks to its proximity to top trainers including Paul Nicholls.
Wincanton Racecourse Track Specifics
Wincanton is a right-handed flat rectangular circuit of a mile and three furlongs (2200m). It is a very fast track with sharp bends, stiff fences and a downhill run from the home turn which favours prominent runners. In testing conditions, it can become something of a slog.
Wincanton Racecourse Biggest Meeting
Boxing Day is Wincanton's most popular fixture although its best card is Badger Chase Raceday in early November. The Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase shares top billing with the two-mile (3200m) Grade 2 Elite Hurdle and the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novice Chase.
The Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle in mid-February was once a significant trial for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham but its status has diminished in recent years.
Visit the official Wincanton Racecourse page for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!