Lingfield Racecourse (AW)
Lingfield racecourse is a nice course set in the Surrey countryside which has had a lot of improvements made over the last few years, they host both national hunt and flat racing on the turf. However there main fare is All-Weather racing.
Lingfield’s left-handed all-weather track is laid out inside the turf track and, measuring just less than a mile and a quarter round, is essentially sharp in nature. This, along with how the races often pan out ensures that stamina is rarely at a premium and strong-travelling types with a turn of foot are often favoured. For nearly half its length, the round course is flat, then rising to the summit of a slight hill after which there is a downhill turn to the straight. Lingfield replaced the original equitrack surface with polytrack in 2001. This was relaid in October 2012.
The Lingfield all weather course uses polytrack and the surface is probably the fastest of all the A/W racecourses in the UK. The believe is that front runners cannot win at Lingfield and because of this you often get falsely run races as nobody wants to lead. It is actually possible to win from the front if a horse gets given a soft lead. Otherwise the final turn which is preceded by a downhill section appears to act as a kind of slingshot similar to that in cycling, and the lead can change many times in the last furlong as horses shoot from the pack.
Draw Bias & Pace Analysis
There appears to be no draw bias up to 7 Furlongs. HOWEVER there are two interesting facts. If you have a slow starting horse in the widest birth then it will struggle. Second it is interesting that the widest stall has won twice as many times as any other stall over 7 Furlongs.
As far as pace is concerned the stats do back up the idea that over 5 Furlongs it is really difficult to win as a front runner (exception is if the jockey steals a really decent lead he might not get caught).
Between 6-8 Furlongs there appears to be no run style favoured.
Over the 1m 2f and 1m 4f trips the stats show that indeed it is really difficult to lead and win.
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