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Wincanton Racecourse

Saturday 16 February 2019

who will katchit? 

 

Fast, furious and spectacular, since 1961 The Betway Kingwell Hurdle has thrilled and beguiled and on Saturday February 16 all roads will lead to Wincanton Racecourse for the 2019 renewal.

 

Best price tickets available until 10:59 30th January 2019. Don't miss out!

 

Gates Open: 11:30am

First Race: 1:40pm

Last Race: 5:05pm

 

It’s a race that attracts the best two-mile hurdlers in the business - the Lionel Messi’s of football or the Jonathan Davies of Rugby Union – and in The Betway Kingwell Hurdle they’ll be putting their Championship credentials on the line ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

 

The last horse to win the Kingwell Hurdle before going onto Cheltenham Festival glory was the diminutive Katchit in 2008. With a role call of winners that reads like a who’s who of racing – Inglis Drever, Bula, Lanzarote, Yanworth, Binocular, Hors La Loi III - it’s no surprise that the race is held in the highest regard by jockeys and trainers alike.


Richard Dunwoody, the three-time champion jockey who rode 1699 British winners, has booted home more winners of the race than anyone. Floyd, Valfinet (twice), Dreams End and I’m Supposin all landed the spoils with Dunwoody on board, but it was his win on the Michael Stoute-trained Kribensis that proved the most memorable.

 

The seven-time champion jockey John Francome won the race in 1976 on Lanzarote and Richard Pitman’s steered Bula to victory in 1971, and was on Lanzarote when he won in 1974 and 1975. More recently, Jeremy Scott’s saddled Melodic Rendezvous to win in 2014 and recalls that it was a red-letter day. “It was fantastic. Everything went right that day. Nick (Scholfield) gave him a fantastic ride. There were a lot of celebrations and it took us a long time to get home. We’ve had a lot of very good days at Wincanton.”


While Paul Nicholls, who has saddled the winner three times, said: “It’s a good race at the right time of year and a great for Somerset racegoers to see horses of this calibre on their doorstep. It was a sweet day when Rigmarole won in 2004 as he was owned by the then Wincanton chairman Mark Woodhouse.”

 

Whoever lifts The Betway Kingwell Hurdle crown, another great name will be added to the annals as Somerset plays it part in creating racing history.

 

food and drink 

Be sure to make the most out of your day and book Hospitality in either our Chasers Restaurant or in a Private Box. To book, call 01963 435 840

 

Or for a more casual day out there are many other choices, such as a bite to eat in the See More Business Bar, or coffee and cake in Furlongs. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click here to read our important ticket information. 

 

We run a complimentary bus service for our race meetings. The coach will meet racegoers at Templecombe Station for the following trains:

  • The London train arriving at 11:25am and the Exeter train arriving at 11:43am.
  • The coach will leave the course at 5:25pm.
    (Timings are approximate)

RACEDAY ESSENTIAL PACKAGES

Ensure you have the greatest day at the races and make the most out of your day, arrive at the races prepared and ready. Raceday Essential Packages are available throughout the season and in advance only. Packages include:

  • Enclosure Ticket
  • £9 of food and refreshment vouchers
  • £10 of betting vouchers
  • Racecard voucher

 

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Tickets

Buy your official enclosure tickets at the best price before 10:59am on 30 January 2019. 

 

We also have our Raceday Essential Packages available in advance from only £35 which includes your enclosure ticket, £9 of food and refreshment vouchers, £10 of betting vouchers and your official racecard. 

 

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From £12

Hospitality at THE BETWAY KINGWELL HURDLE

Restaurant

CHASERS RESTAURANT 

The Chasers Restaurant boasts breathtaking views over the racecourse. Package includes:

  • Premier Enclosure Badges 
  • 4 course set lunch
  • Raceday admission
  • Reserved table for the day
  • Free car parking
  • Upgrades available

 

ONLY £110 PER PERSON

To book please call 01963 435 840

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Private Boxes

south west platters 

Enjoy your own private box with panoramic views of the racecourse and private balcony. Minimum of 10 guests per box. Packages include:

  • Raceday admission 
  • Private hospitality box for the day
  • Free car parking
  • Private bar facility
  • Cold meat & fish platter servedwith a selection of salads and new potatoes
  • Mini desserts and cakes 
  • Cheese board 
  • Tea and coffee

 

ONLY £130 PER PERSON 

To book please call 01963 435 840

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Private Boxes

West Country Picnic

Enjoy your own private box with panoramic views of the racecourse and private balcony. Minimum of 10 guests per box. Packages include:

  • Raceday admission 
  • Private hospitality box for the day
  • Free car parking
  • Personal waitress service 
  • Private bar facility
  • Freshly made sandwiches/wraps served with a selection of locally sourced finger food and salads 
  • Mini desserts and cakes
  • Cheese board

 

ONLY £115 PER PERSON

To book please call 01963 435 840

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Event Schedule

 

GATES OPEN: 11:30

 

race schedule

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

1:40

The Betway National Hunt Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 4)

1m 7f 65 yds

Hurdle

2:10

The Betway Kingwell Hurdle Race (Class 1)

1m 7f 65yds

Hurdle

2:45

The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)

1m 7f 149yds

Chase

3:20

The Read Harry Fry on Betway Blog Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 4)

3m 1f 30yds

Chase

3:55

The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3) (For The Harry Dufosee Memorial Cup)

3m 1f 30yds

Chase

4:30

The Read Richard Johnson on Betway Blog Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 3)

2m 5f 82yds

Handicap

5:05

The Betway Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4)

2m 5f 82yds

Hurdle

The Going

 

GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES

 

Raceday Style

There is no specific guidance at Wincanton, however as we race largely during the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly.

 

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Racecourse Map

Find your way around Wincanton Racecourse, illustrating a general layout of the racecourse facilities. 

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Directions & Parking

Are you visiting Wincanton racecourse, and want to know how to get here and our available car parks?

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Buy Official Tickets

Buy official tickets for The Betway Kingwell Hurdle at the best price before 10:59am on 30 January 2019. 

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