Wincanton - British Racecourse
The Farming community’s favourite Jumps racecourse in Somerset.
About Wincanton Racecourse:
Wincanton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wincanton, Somerset. The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. The 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 many close finishes. 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. Dogs are only permitted in the Course Enclosure if they are on leads. Children aged 17 and under go racing free.
Right-handed, mainly flat. It is a fair test. A Circuit of 1m 3f.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Train - The nearest train station is Templecombe. There is a race day courtesy bus service from Templecombe to the racecourse and it meets the train from Waterloo before racing and returns to the station at the end of the day. Times vary according to the train timetable and race times but can be found on the fixture's page on the racecourse website in the run up to the day.
Other stations in the area are Castle Cary, which is on the Paddington-Bristol line and is 8 miles north of Wincanton, and Bruton which is on the same line and is approximately 4 miles from Wincanton.
Parking - Parking within the Main Car Park is free of charge. For those who wish to park on the rails, parking is available in this area on every race day. The on-the-day cost to park is £6 per car (£8 on feature days) plus a Grandstand ticket for each occupant. On Boxing Day the cost is £10 per car per car plus a course enclosure entry ticket at £12 per person. This does not allow access to the parade ring but upgrades are possible on the day subject to availability.
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Places to stay nearby:
Hunters Lodge Inn (2.4 miles)
Leigh Common, Wincanton BA9 8LD
Tel: 01747 840439
Turks Hall B&B (3.3 miles)
Turks Hall, Lusty Gardens, Bruton BA10 0BX
Tel: 07807 193450
The Nog Inn (0.8 miles)
South Street, Wincanton, Wincanton BA9 9DL
Tel: 01963 32998
Montague Inn (2.2 miles)
Shepton Montague, Wincanton BA9 8JW
Tel: 01749 813213