Main Buildings and Parade ring
LocationWincanton, Somerset, England
Owned byJockey Club Racecourses
Screened onRacing TV
Course typeNational Hunt
Notable racesKingwell Hurdle
Official website

Wincanton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wincanton, Somerset, England.

The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. 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 a great many close finishes.[1]

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. Several of the races at the course were shown on Channel 4 and are now occasionally shown on ITV.[2]

The track is located near to the yard of the trainer, Paul Nicholls and as such many of his young horses run here.[3]

Notable races

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
February Saturday Kingwell Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4yo +
November Saturday Badger Beers Silver Trophy Chase Handicap 3m 1f 110y 4yo+
November Saturday Elite Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4yo +
November Saturday Rising Stars Novices' Chase Chase Grade 2 2m 5f 4yo +


  1. ^ "Wincanton". Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ Snowden, Steve (4 October 2009). "Racing returns to Wincanton Racecourse this week". This is the Westcountry. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Wincanton". At the races. Retrieved 3 February 2010.

Coordinates: 51°03′53″N 2°25′21″W / 51.0647°N 2.4226°W / 51.0647; -2.4226