Southwell (AW) Racecourse
Southwell Racecourse is set in the East Midlands countryside, and hosts both jump and flat action with the flat action being both turf and all weather. It’s certainly not posh but the viewing is great and is a must for real racing fans.Southwell is the only course remaining in the UK which still uses Fibresand.
The course favours prominent horses as it is very difficult to accelerate and make up ground, added to the fact that there is significant kick back if you are behind other horses. The nature of Fibresand is that it needs to be harrowed quite deep and this can throw up some strong biases with parts of the track quicker than others. It is felt that the centre of the track is generally quicker than being on the rails in the straight.
Draw Bias & Pace Analysis
A strong bias exists at Southwell on the All Weather. It appears that the centre of track is the quickest part of the course. A theory I have heard for this is that the roller they use to roll the course is 2/3rds the width, and therefore the middle of the course in effect gets rolled twice. If you ever go to Southwell you can actually see that the centre of the track is a darker colour.
High numbers are next to the stands side rail over the straight 5 furlongs and are therefore running on a slower part of the track. Therefore it is a big advantage to be drawn low and in the centre of the course.
Over 6 furlongs you are on the round course and stall 1 is on the inside rail. The stats show that being in stall 3 is about perfect (25% of winners come from this stall) as you don’t get hemmed in on the slow inside rail but equally you’re not pushed out very wide.
Unlike the 6 furlong races horses have enough time over 7 & 8 furlongs before the first turn to sort themselves out and therefore get into the position they want. Conclusion is no bias exists at 7 & 8 furlongs although stall 1 only delivers 5% of all winners which is low.
Trainers & Jockeys
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