The Kennels – 6 miles east of Cheltenham, near junction of A40 and A436
Postcode (sat nav) – GL54 4LG
Fences per circuit – 9
Course length – just over 2 circuits
Total number of fences – 19
Course opened – 1960
Irrigation facilities – no
Course description – right handed
NEXT RACE MEETING
Sunday 5th April 2020, First Race – 2 p.m.
Andoversford used to hold centre stage back in the 1960’s and 1970’s when it attracted runners from all over the country for its evening fixtures, but these have fallen out of fashion over the last two decades.
The start is situated in a small shute at the beginning of the home straight before the runners meet the course proper and negotiate their first obstacle. There is a slight uphill run to the second fence which is situated just after the finish and then a steady climb to the third fence at the top of the hill.
From here the runners bear right and race downhill into a dip and up the other side where they face their fourth fence and the first open ditch.
Soon afterwards the course bears right and the runners face the four fences in the back straight, where the fence at the bottom of the hill can catch out tired horses on the second circuit. The course then goes into a long sweeping uphill right hand bend before the course levels out momentarily before the 9th fence.
There is then a long steady climb into the home straight where they straighten up for the 10th fence and go out onto their second circuit.
Races can be won or lost on this final bend because horses that run wide generally lose any advantage they have gained on the climb to the home straight.
The course is also very wide at the finish and that does not help the judge in a close finish.