Chester Racecourse

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Chester Racecourse

Key Characteristics

Considered to be the oldest racing venue in England; racing around Chester’s tight ‘Roodee’ track has taken place since 1539 and some 500 years on the track itself has changed very little – the city walls and banks of the River Dee shaping two thirds of the circuit.
Left handed and very sharp it is a circular course that’s only just over a mile round, it’s on the turn almost throughout and has a run-in of under two furlongs, heavily favouring those that race to the fore as it’s easy to find trouble behind with little time to recover.

 

Draw Bias & Pace Analysis

Because of the nature of the track a low draw at Chester is a huge advantage, even in middle-distance races, and particularly so in large fields.

Over 5 furlongs 84% of winners come from low draws (55% from Stall 1 alone!) in 3yr+ Handicaps.

The low draw advantage is less dramatic over longer distances however because it is also a clear advantage to be prominent or front run then a speedy horse out of the stalls who likes to front run and is drawn low is the ideal.

As just mentioned because of the tight bends all the way and the short runin, front runners are massively favoured.

In terms of the individual distances, if we look at where Chester ranks against other turf courses which have races over equivalent distances. Chester is ranked very near the top for Front Runners for every distance

5 Furlongs – 3rd out of 31 courses
6 Furlongs – 4th out of 29 courses
7 Furlongs – 1st out of 23 courses
8 Furlongs – 4th out of 25 courses

Trainers & Jockeys

Trainer Runners Wins Places Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L
R A Fahey 302 38 121 £446,558 12.58% -£55.30
A M Balding 113 27 43 £321,017 23.89% £43.82
M Johnston 135 22 47 £212,378 16.3% -£23.21
Tom Dascombe 175 19 63 £173,105 10.86% -£115.17
T D Easterby 90 15 21 £158,626 16.67% £19.75
R Hannon 49 7 23 £99,178 14.29% -£17.00
K A Ryan 44 7 16 £66,608 15.91% -£17.84
Ian Williams 46 7 13 £146,104 15.22% -£16.25
W J Haggas 22 7 12 £121,326 31.82% -£5.18
B Ellison 40 7 11 £82,874 17.5% £8.50

 

Jockey Runners Wins Places Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L
F Norton 170 23 71 £221,342 13.53% -£84.34
R Kingscote 108 19 40 £184,269 17.59% -£28.72
David Probert 71 15 25 £117,514 21.13% -£0.16
Connor Murtagh 61 7 24 £70,821 11.48% -£14.75
P Mathers 61 7 16 £101,430 11.48% -£19.25
Adam J McNamara 32 7 10 £52,913 21.88% £2.67
P J McDonald 32 7 10 £57,003 21.88% -£14.51
P Hanagan 62 6 29 £77,304 9.68% -£30.95
Kevin Stott 36 6 14 £58,396 16.67% £4.05
D Nolan 30 6 11 £37,062 20% £22.38

 

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