About Taunton Racecourse
Taunton Racecourse is a racecourse located a few miles south of Taunton, Somerset. It’s about 35 miles northeast of Exeter and 50 miles southwest of Bristol. So it’s one of the most rural and isolated racecourses in the country.
Taunton Racecourse first opened its doors to the public in 1927. At first, this may give the impression it’s quite an old racecourse. But in comparison to all the others, it’s relatively new! In fact, Taunton Racecourse is the youngest National Hunt course in England! Moreover, since its launch in 1927, there has only been one more racecourse built. That was Chelmsford Racecourse which was built in 2008 on an old quarry site!
The course here at Taunton Racecourse is a long oval shape which runs right-handed. It’s about 2km in length and only comes with seven fences. Despite the low fences on the track though, it still has one of the highest casualty rates. This is more due to the horses’ quality in the race than the track itself.
Unfortunately, Taunton Racecourse doesn’t bring in the same top quality that other racecourses do. This is likely due to its location more than anything else. As we said, this is one of the most rural racecourses in the country!
This may begin to change in the future, though. Taunton Racecourse has recently installed a reservoir at the course. As a result, Taunton is getting some of the best winter ground in the country. So a few more prominent races may start to make their way to Taunton over the coming years.
The racecourse has been a good starting point for horses in the past too. Horses such as Oslot, who won on his first start here at Taunton, went on to win the Galway Plate two years later!