Just over the Welsh border off the M48, Chepstow is a dual purpose course racing all year. Their highlight is the Welsh National run the week after Christmas.

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Course Characteristics:

The main circuit is an oval just under 2 miles round, there is a spur into the home straight allowing for races up to a mile to be run on the straight course. The course is very undulating.

Although an expansive track big striding horses tend not to be favoured due to the undulations. Horses with stamina should be considered.

The clay subsoil often results in some particularly sticking going and this, again, places the emphasis on stamina.

The five furlong run in gives come from behind runners an excellent opportunity if good enough.

Draw bias: Conventional wisdom is in races on the straight course, with the stalls on the stands side, high drawn runners have the advantage, in any conditions better than soft. On the round course low drawn runners have a slight edge.

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Admission (2013 prices):

A two enclosure system is in operation at Chepstow. The Premier enclosure charges between £21 and £25, whilst the Grandstand enclosure charges between £16 - £20. The main exception being Welsh Grand National day when the costs are £37 and £27 respectively.

Annual membership : £280 single, £500 double, £200 flat or jumps only

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Situated on the western outskirts of the town on the A466, the track is three miles from Junction 2 of the M48. If coming across the Severn crossing and there are two of you in the car the racecourse will refund the bridge toll, just ask for a receipt and show at the ticket office when you arrive.

Ease of public transport access: Reasonable (Rail to Chepstow then special bus)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: January 2013

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Telephone: 01291 622260

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