Going Report

A Going Report will be posted here 7 days before the meeting.

Owners & Trainers

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

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. 

Owners & Riders' admission

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. 

Regulations for Equine Flu

BHA Requirements to combat EI have been relaxed. However, Declarations Teams will check a random number of passports to check that the horses’ vaccination dates are correct, and comply with latest BHA update. In that respect Regulation 36 in general remains extant except that the Vaccination date must be within NINE calendar months (e.g. 1 January – 1 October) (eight months plus a one-month grace period) of the day of the race rather than the year listed in Regulation 36. NB The month’s grace has now been extended in 2020, whilst BHA works with other countries to agree a new harmonised vaccination requirement for racehorses in Europe.  

  • Compliant EI vaccination within twelve calendar months will continue to be acceptable for horses NOT on racecourse property (e.g.) injured horses which are not currently racing
  • There is NO requirement to submit information in advance – where necessary, passports will be checked by BHA staff upon entry to the Racecourse 
  • There is NO requirement to submit a Health Declaration Form or for a nasopharyngeal swab (PCR) to be completed

 

Course

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. 

A map of the course

Riders

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.

Event details

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Where?

Andoversford Races is 6m east of Cheltenham near Dowdeswell Manor. Follow signs from the reservoir out of Cheltenham on the A40, or from the A436.

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