A Going Report will be posted here 7 days before the meeting.
We are delighted to welcome Owners, Keepers & Riders to Andoversford. There’s little to match the experience of owning a racehorse, but it’s a rollercoaster of delight and disappointment. Just getting to the parade ring is an achievement in itself, before a race has even been run.
At Andoversford races, we understand what it takes to train and ride Pointers and Chasers, and we’ll make every effort to ensure your day fulfils expectations.
Entries for each of the six races close on Monday March 30. Owners declared to run in any Steeplechase will be refunded their entry money if unplaced and coming under Starter's Orders.
Tickets for owners will be forwarded electronically at the 5 day stage, or by surface mail. Owners are provided with 4 admissions per entry. Riders should show their current Rider's Certificate at the entrance, which will admit the Rider and one guest only. Further guests will be charged for admission. Requests for additional arrangements should be made through the Contact form elsewhere on the web site.
The New BHA Requirements to combat EI are:
This is the Owner’s responsibility. He does not require a vet to carry out the health checks before making the Declaration
This will apply to all equines including companion horses/ponies, pony racing, Hunt horses and horse catchers, and any other activity programmed. Fixtures running events/races which are not under BHA auspices (Charity races etc) must still comply with the above
Penalties for failure to comply are currently under discussion, although Regulation 38 already lays down the fines for failure to provide accurate Vaccination requirements
Andoversford is an undulating course with a stiff uphill finish. The fences are well built and not for the faint-hearted, and the run down the back straight’s three downhill fences has caught out many a rider in the past sitting too far up his horse’s neck!
The course has been admirably looked after by Clerk of the Course Jim Squires, whose expertise is very much in evidence at Chaddesley and Eyton. Parking for Owners, Keepers, & Riders is best effected from the Kennels entrance to the course where dedicated parking is assigned to you. Horse boxes also park here, nice and close to the Paddock.
There’s a strong betting market, and it is possible to see the entire course from the highest point, but best from the inside of the course with a view of the final 3 fences. There are currently 8 fences per circuit.
The extended 3m start will be in a new position before the 2nd last for this season, and the corresponding start for the 2m 6f Ladies Open will be opposite the paddock exit.
You are more than welcome to walk the course. Note that for 2020, there is one less fence per circuit on the back straight, where just three fences extend the length of that part of the track, whilst the second last fence has been moved forward 150 yards toward the bend. Please call 07866 483814 for an up to date Going Report.
Sunday April 5th 2020
Gates open 1030. Pony racing 12 noon, Steeplechases from 2pmWhere?
6m SE Cheltenham, nr junction of A40 and A436 (Exit 11A, M5)