With the flat turf season winding down & the ground turning very soft it’s time to get serious about the winter all-weather. Here is a brief re-cap of each AW tracks characteristics.
Kempton: Is the only right handed all-weather course in the UK & uses a polytrack surface, like Lingfield but it is felt to be deeper and therefore not as fast as Lingfield. It’s a fair track with a cut away in the straight ensuring that there are few hard luck stories although you don’t want to be drawn high in big fields.
Lingfield: Also uses polytrack and the surface is probably the fastest of all the A/W racecourses in the UK. I find it a punting minefield full of hard luck stories with races often run slowly then a mad sprint up the short home straight, keep stakes at a minimum.
Southwell: The only course in the UK which uses Fibresand, most similar to US dirt & American breds do well here. The course favours prominent racers as it is very difficult to quicken and make up ground, added to the fact that there is significant kick back if you are behind other horses. I prefer middle drawn horses here but the track can be harrowed deep which can lead to bias changing per-meeting and the eagle eyed punter can get an edge.
Wolverhampton: My favourite and I think the fairest AW track in the UK. They became the first to use a Tapeta racing surface, which I find is closer to Southwell’s Fibresand than the two polytracks. There hasn’t been a great deal of meetings and the surface might get quicker as it beds in but I’m finding prominent middle drawn races are favoured. Up until the last meeting only one horse had won from the 1 stall! US breds doing the best.
This week’s new additions to the hotlist:
GHANY, DREAM CHILD, WALDNAH, CHAPEL CHOIR, CASTLE TALBOT & MARAAYILL
Tuesday Free Tip:
8:35 Kempton – Dutch Interior – Win Bet 11/4 (various)
Until next Tuesday, Happy Punting!
The Shrewd Tipster