STALLS POSITIONING NOTES
Back To Course and Distance menu
Instead of indicating whether the
starting stalls are positioned against the HIGH or LOW running rail, some
newspapers choose to say that the stalls are to be positioned against the INSIDE
or the OUTSIDE, or even on the STANDS or the FAR side of the course.
If you are not familiar with the racecourse map, this information is totally useless, and even if you can visualise the race course, it still requires some thought.
The stalls on all British race
courses number from RIGHT to LEFT as you view them from the front, with the
horses coming towards you.
Therefore as the horses leave the stalls and race towards you, stall number 1 is on the extreme RIGHT, and the highest numbered stall is on the LEFT.
On all left handed courses such as Chester, Doncaster and Epsom, where the horses are continually turning left, STALL NUMBER 1 is against the INSIDE rail.
On right handed courses such as Ascot, Kempton and Sandown, where the horses are continually turning right, the HIGHEST NUMBERED stall is against the INSIDE rail.
Rather than try and describe in writing all the variations of a High and Low stalls positioning for Left and Right handed courses, with stalls positioned Inside, Outside, Stands side and Far side, it is much simpler to put these details on a table.
The table below indicates the stalls positioning for all 5F and 6F races. Most other distances comply with these rules, but some courses such as Goodwood, Hamilton, Salisbury and Windsor have a "Switchback" design in longer races, whereby the rules below may not apply.
Newmarket's July Course has its stands positioned INSIDE the "L" shaped course.
To view racecourse maps, follow this link to The Racing Post Website and use their "Database Search" facility.
|Left or Right handed track||Inside||Outside||Stands side||Far side|
|Lingfield Turf + AW||Left||Low||High||High||Low|
|Right||High||Low||HIGH||LOW||Stands inside course|
Copyright © 2005
Hutchinson]. All rights reserved.