STARTINGSTALLS. CO.UK

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  
Ascot Right High Low Low High  
Ayr Left Low High High Low  
Bath Left Low High High Low  
Beverley Right High Low Low High  
Brighton Left Low High High Low  
Carlisle Right High Low Low High  
Catterick Left Low High High Low  
Chepstow Left Low High High Low  
Chester Left Low High High Low  
Doncaster Left Low High High Low  
Epsom Left Low High High Low  
Folkestone Right High Low Low High  
Goodwood Right High Low Low High Switchback
Hamilton Right High Low Low High Switchback
Haydock Left Low High High Low  
Kempton Right High Low Low High  
Liecester Right High Low Low High  
Lingfield Turf + AW Left Low High High Low  
Musselburgh Right High Low Low High  
Newbury Left Low High High Low  
Newcastle Left Low High High Low  
Newmarket
July
Right High Low HIGH LOW Stands inside course
Newmarket
Rowley
Right High Low Low High  
Nottingham Left Low High High Low  
Pontefract Left Low High High Low  
Redcar Left Low High High Low  
Ripon Right High Low Low High  
Salisbury Right High Low Low High Switchback
Sandown Right High Low Low High  
Southwell Left Low High High Low  
Thirsk Left Low High High Low  
Warwick Left Low High High Low  
Windsor BOTH LOW HIGH High Low Switchback
Wolverhampton Left Low High High Low  
Yarmouth Left Low High High Low  
York Left Low High High Low  

Copyright 2005 [H Hutchinson]. All rights reserved.