A Guide to Fakenham Race Course

A Guide To Fakenham Race Course

Fakenham is the only National Hunt racecourse in Norfolk. Its patron is Prince Charles.  It evolved from the West Norfolk Hunt that had run since 1884 and the first official meeting at the venue was in 1905. In those days some of the races started in the fields around Fakenham before finishing on the real course.

The course is left handed and unusually for a race track is almost square shaped. The course is the tightest jumps tracks in the country and measure 1 mile in circuit length.

Because of the tight turns this track favours front runners. There are 6 fences per circuit with the fifth fence being an open ditch.

Due to the make up of the ground, the going is usually one move heavier than is advertised on race day, making this race more of a test of stamina and endurance rather than hurdling ability.


Bullet Points

  • Left handed track
  • Almost square course
  • Narrowest course in the country
  • 6 fences per circuit with the 5th being an open ditch

A Map of Fakenham Racecourse

Map of Fakenham Racecourse for daily racing tips

Statistics – Last Three Years

Top Trainers – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

C Williams                             19                   7                      9

N King                                    24                   4                      10

O Murphy                            19                   4                      9

P Nicholls                              10                   3                      5

D Skelton                              10                   3                      5


Top Trainers – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

O Murphy                            90                   24                   47

L Wadham                            28                   8                      13

S Edmunds                           14                   7                      2

C Williams                             16                   6                      3

N King                                    28                   5                      10


Top Trainers – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

O Murphy                            8                      1                      5

N Henderson                       4                      1                      2

S Edmunds                           4                      1                      2

L Wadham                            4                      1                      1

P Webber                             2                      1                      0                                                                                                         


Top Jockeys – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

J Bowen                                18                   4                      10

J Andrews                             12                   3                      6

C Gethings                            8                      3                      5

R Johnson                             14                   3                      4

B Frost                                   7                      3                      2                                                         

Top Jockeys – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

R Johnson                             35                   10                   19

C Gethings                            21                   8                      4

F Gregory                             16                   6                      5

J Quinlan                               35                   5                      11

M Tissier                               16                   5                      7         


Top Jockeys – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

G Sheehan                            4                      2                      1

N de Boinville                      5                      1                      3

F Gregory                             3                      1                      2

R Johnson                             2                      1                      1

K Woods                               3                      1                      0         



Course Address

Fakenham Racecourse



NR21 7NY

A Guide To Fakenham Race Course

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