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Wincanton Racecourse

Saturday 16 February 2019

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

  • Gates open: 11:00am
  • First race: 1:10pm
  • Last race: 5:10pm


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 theCheltenham Festival. To jolly your afternoon along The Bell Street Jazz Band will be on hand playing a repertoire of jazz classics.


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.


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 saddled Melodic Rendezvous to win in 2014.


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. So why not make the most of your weekend break from the Six Nations Rugby and get your heart racing with us.



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)

Latest Kingwell Hurdle News

Racing history for Wincanton’s showpiece Betway Kingwell Hurdle

Fast, furious and spectacular, since 1961 the Betway Kingway Hurdle has thrilled and beguiled and on Saturday, February 16 all roads will lead to Wincanton Racecourse for the 2019 renewal one of Somerset’s feature races.

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Betway Handicap Chase (For The Harry Dufosee Memorial Cup)

Mention Dufosee and it is one of those revered family names that evokes a sense of fondness mixed with feelings of nostalgia for an era long gone when horses were a focal part of the community. 

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Wincanton takes centre stage on Saturday with racing back on track

Its all systems go for Wincanton Racecourse this Saturday and a terrific day of top-class sport is in prospect. Now, all roads in the Westcountry look set to lead to the Somerset track where colossal entries have been received across its eight race card including 13 for its eagerly anticipated Betway Kingwell Hurdle. 

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Event Schedule


GATES OPEN: 11:00am


race schedule

Start Times





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

1m 7f 65 yds



The Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)

1m 7f 149yds



The Betway Mares' Chase (Listed Race)

3m 1f



The Betway Kingwell Hurdle Race (Class 1)

1m 7 1/2f



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

3m 1f 



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

3m 1f



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

2m 5f 82yds



The Read Kayley Woollacott on Betway Blog Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4)

2m 5f 82yds


The Going


To be confirmed 

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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