Yarmouth Racecourse is situated in Great Yarmouth, a popular seaside town that attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year – many of which choose to spend a day of their holidays at a racecourse that is loved by trainers and jockeys alike.
It hosts a variety of flat-racing fixtures, with many of them pencilled in during the summer months, including Ladies Nights, Live Music Nights and Family Fun Days – with its headline meeting being its 3 Day Eastern Festival which is usually held mid-to-late September. The highlight of which is the John Musker Fillies Stakes, which takes place over 10-furlongs and is open to fillies aged 3 and upwards. The most notable horse to have started her career at Yarmouth was Ouija Board, and the Ed Dunlop Filly went on to win 7 Group 1 Races.
Extensive work was carried out on the course in 2015, during which the home-straight was levelled-out as much as possible to provide what is now widely acclaimed to be one of the best straight mile courses in England.
Meanwhile, sea views are available from the balconies of the Lord Nelson Grandstand, in which there are 9 suites serving a variety of cuisine including Silver Service A La Carte Menus. The Centre Course Suites are also very popular with those wishing to be closer to the action.
The round course measures around 13-furlongs in length, and the 5-furlong run-in gives both horses and jockeys ample time to get into a challenging position, meaning there are rarely any hard-luck stories. Races from 5-furlongs to a mile are run on the straight mile course, on which there are even less hard-luck stories due to its open nature, whilst there appears to be little draw bias.
Yarmouth Top Trainers
David Simcock is numerically the King of Yarmouth over the last 3 seasons, with his 17 winners from 51 runners netting him more than £30,000 more prize money of any trainer with over £102,000. Those winners have returned an impressive strike-rate of 33.33%, and a decent level stakes profit of £34.50. John Gosden also boats an impressive strike-rate of 37.93% for a profit of £23.54. Meanwhile, Charlie Fellowes also deserves a mention with a strike-rate of 28.57% and a profit of £18.50 from his 6 winners from 21 runners.
Yarmouth Top Jockeys
Silvestre De Sousa is very popular with punters at Yarmouth, and it’s easy to see why with 25 winners from 99 runners, though they only produced a small profit of £4.41. The ever-improving Andrea Atzeni also rides Yarmouth well with 16 winners from 50 rides returning a strike rate of 32% and a profit of £13.74.
However, despite being injured when unshipped in the paddock earlier this year, Frankie Dettori is often the jockey to follow. He’s had just 22 rides here in the last 3 years, but has won on 10 of them for a strike-rate of 45.45% and a profit of £14.95.