Bellewstown is a village located 7 miles south of Drogheda, on the Hill of Crockafotha in County Meath in Ireland. They have held racing at Bellewstown Racecourse since 1780.
Bellewstown is a sharp, undulating left-handed track of around nine furlongs and, with an uphill finish of around three furlongs, it is a track that really requires a balanced horse with pace.The cambers, undulations, tight turns and road crossings can all contribute to unbalancing a horse and having a horse that has the balance to deal with all that and hold their position is crucial.
Because of all those factors, being up on the pace can be a big help to a horse that is handling the challenges of the track. In terms of draw, the bends are obviously tight and you would not want to be slung wide on them, but there are good long straights which gives a good chance to get a slot. The sprint track is far from straightforward for horses, it is always on the turn. It is quite difficult to make up ground on the sprint track, as it all happens very fast and there are two separate road crossings which can unbalance horses.
Their is definitely a large bias favouring high drawn runners on the 5 furlong course at Bellewstown.
This may seem strange as you would expect horses drawn on the inside to be favoured, but in reality the dogleg nature of the 5F course means that horses drawn on the inside actually have to run further than those with high draws who start in the middle of the course and can run in a straight line from start to finish.
Maybe a slight bias favouring the inside drawn low numbers over a mile at Bellewstown.
The charts above indicate the percentage of races which were won from each stall number in handicaps.