Newcastle Racecourse is also known as Gosforth Park and set on the original site of the famous Blaydon Races.
In 2016 it changed from a turf course to an all-weather (Tapeta) course and is the sole AW racecourse in the country with a straight mile. It’s a wide galloping track with the same Tapeta surface as Chelmsford and Wolves.
Newcastle Racecourse is one of the most popular dual-purpose tracks in the country with racing throughout the year 🙂
Pace stats for the entire All-Weather tracks as a comparison.
As we can see, on the whole front running sorts fair best, however, Newcastle does favour the hold up’s as much as those who like to race prominently (‘a‘ very nearly equals ‘b‘) and what we will consider when analysing each course.
Whilst we mostly consider front runners in the sprints, with Newcastle having a unique 5-8f straight course, the chart below shows that ‘hold-ups’ do fare as well as those who race ‘prominently’ and both front runners and hold up horses have an identical A/E performance of 0.99.
This looks unique to Newcastle looking at the chart with all the other AWT’s considered and stats showing front runners dominate?
There’s a chart below shows the jocks who have fared best on hold up charges, and we have utilised this to good effect with Andrew Mullen on Epieus this term as one who likes to come from off the pace and the jockey clearly being one of the most experienced in doing so at the track 🙂
Facts & Figures
As we tend to focus on 5f – 7f, the following are stats for those distances.
Jockey stats 2017-2019 for Handicap races (5 – 7f Front Runners) only sorted by Impact Value with a minimum 5 qualifying races.