Southwell Racecourse hosts flat and jump racing but is predominantly best known for its all-weather Tapeta track that sees racing throughout the year and which has recently been floodlit.
It is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK, with over eight meetings a month through the winter.
The all-weather course at Southwell has been compared to a US-style track, and on occasion, trainer Aidan O’Brien has used Southwell for racecourse gallops to prepare his horses for the Breeders Cup.
So, although the mighty Galileo has galloped around Southwell, the standard of most of the racing at the course is more low-key, with no Listed, Group, or Graded races run there.
However, Southwell is a vital cog in the UK horse racing scene, particularly through the winter when other meetings fall foul of the weather.
Southwell Tips for Today
There’s a flat card at Southwell on Thursday, and we’ve picked out a lucky 15 for the meeting.
Tongue tie did the business when winning at Newcastle two starts ago. Good second there under a penalty, when the race wasn’t really run to suit.
Comes here 2lb higher, but jockey claims 3lb so effectively 1lb better off, tongue tie remains on, and looks to hold strong claims.
Ran well back with old yard on last two starts at Newcastle over 7f, winning first and then finishing third last time out.
Returns up to a mile here, which should help, and can go well again, keeping up his good form.
Took a step forward last time out, on handicap and AW debut, to finish fourth of nine, just three lengths off the leader in a tight finish.
She was very wide and on the front for most of that race, so form may be worth a little more, and this doesn’t look like it’ll take a lot of winning, so she can go close.
Won three times over this trip at Newcastle, added a 7f win at Wolverhampton on Monday to that, coming away from the field nicely.
Has a 5lb penalty to contend with here, but is in great form, and looks capable of winning again.
We also highlight two potential betting angles to look at when placing your Southwell bets.
Stamina is key
The flat course at Southwell is a galloping track, and there is typically plenty of pace in the early stages, so stamina is vital - look for a horse that finishes its races strongly or has won over slightly further.
Up with the Pace
Due to the tightness of the turns at Southwell on the jump course, it’s advantageous to back horses that like to be up with the pace on good ground - very few horses win from off the pace on good ground.
Top Southwell Jockeys
Danny Tudhope and Ben Curtis are the jockeys to follow at Southwell on the flat - Tudhope has a 24% strike rate at the track, while Curtis has ridden the most winners at Southwell over the last five seasons, with a 23% strike rate.
While over the obstacles, Nico de Boinville and Harry Skelton are the ones to keep onside, but also watch out for Beau Morgan, who rarely rides at Southwell, but when he does take notice, four of his last eight rides at the course have won.
Top Southwell Trainers
On the Tapeta course, keep an eye out for horses trained by Richard Hughes and George Boughey - Hughes has a 28% strike rate in recent seasons with his runners at Southwell, while Boughey sits on 24%.
Jump racing fans should watch out for Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson runners, who boast a 33% and 31% strike rate, respectively.
Southwell Free Bets & Betting Offers
As one of the busiest racecourses in the UK, Southwell is a regular fixture on Sky Sports Racing, with plenty of betting offers from the leading online bookmakers to enjoy throughout the year.
Through the winter, it has occurred that Southwell is the only course raceable due to inclement weather, so watch out for bet offers and enhanced odds on the action when that happens.
BetGoodwin have excellent horse racing offers, and their brand ambassador is jockey Hayley Turner, who is local to Southwell and who honed her skill at the course as a teenager riding for trainer Mark Polglase in the late 1990s.
Southwell Racecourse Layout & Info
Southwell Racecourse is located in Nottinghamshire, England, about six miles from Newark-on-Trent.
The Tapeta flat course is a mile-and-a-quarter oval with a run from the home turn of three furlongs, with five-furlong races held on the straight via a spur where it can be an advantage to be drawn low.
Known as being extremely fair, there are very few hard luck stories on the flat at Southwell.
The jump course at Southwell is a tight, left-handed track with a strong emphasis on speed on good ground, whereas heavy going can see very few finishers.
Southwell Top Featured Races
The racing at Southwell tends to be lower quality, and the track does not host any Listed, Group or Graded races.
However, it’s an exciting course to have a bet at with competitive action throughout the year with flat and jump action for punters to enjoy.