Left Hand course. Draw only slight advantage to high numbers on the straight course.
Chepstow is one of the new courses being only 78+ years old, this course was made famous when Gordon Richards rode 11 consecutive winners there in 1933.
There are none who would argue that Chepstow's rise to fame was owned mainly to the Clerk of the Course for 20 years John Hughes. The foundations he laid have been successfully built on and with the opening of the Severn Road Bridge making easy access via the M4 have all contributed to it's continueing good fortunes.
Set in picturesque parkland with good racing make this a course to visit with two courses the mile course which is pretty straight with undulations the round course is an oval joined to the straight course and is about 2 miles in circumference. There is a stiffish 2 Furlong rise in the course where the two courses meet.
National hunt racing takes place on the oval course due to it's switchback nature the going can vary from fast down the back straight to wet in the dips while the fences are generally considered very fair, but the nature of the course means the horse and rider must have plenty of stamina.
The undulations in the course mean that in the home straight the skills of the rider are severally tested, with the last fence being immediately in front of the stands.
Races of note are: November Tote Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle, December the Western Daily Press Finale Juvenile Hurdle, John Hughes Rehearsal Chase, and the Welsh National Handicap Chase