Stratford Course Guide

Racing has taken place Stratford since 1769 and it hosts action over jumps throughout the summer months. Two of the highlights of Strafford’s calendar are the Stratford Foxhunters’ Champion Chase and the Stratford Summer Cup.

Run over three and a half miles during an evening meeting in May, the Stratford Foxhunters’ Champion Chase is, after the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters, traditionally seen as the third jewel in the Hunter Chase crown and run towards the end of the Hunter Chase season, having been first staged in 1958. The Stratford Summer Cup ran over an extended two miles and one furlong, takes place in July.

Jumps Racing

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Left handed, sharp; the high number of falls/unseats in recent years is due to the size of the fences and the fact that so many races are well run. A water jump was introduced near the winning post in March 2008, although this is not jumped on the final circuit. The hurdles track also has more than the normal number of well-run races, jockeys often opting to strike for home sooner than normal because of the relatively short straight.

Stratford is a speed track, so you need a horse that jumps quickly and accurately. The fences are not difficult in themselves, but they can catch one out, purely because of the pace element. They really do whiz round there and, because of that, you often see ex-Flat horses winning. That type, with plenty of racing experience, can be ideal, just as long as it jumps. It feels as if you’re turning for most of the hurdles track and, with that long, sweeping bend into the straight, it can be hard to make up ground.

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Upcoming Races


14:15 Racing UK On Sky 426 Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 148y)
Pink and yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves and cap (Mr M G St Quinton)
  • Winner: Come On Charlie
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mr M G St Quinton

14:50 Watch Racing UK On BT TV Beginners' Chase

(Class 4) (2m 3f 98y)
Mauve, yellow seams, yellow cap (Pump & Plant Services Ltd)
  • Winner: Jenkins
  • Jockey: David Bass
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Pump & Plant Services Ltd

15:20 Bet At Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 6f 7y)
Royal blue, yellow star, red and yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Surefire Racing)
  • Winner: Vive Le Roi
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister
  • Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Surefire Racing

15:50 Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 6f 125y)
Pink, mauve star, mauve sleeves, pink stars and cap (The Megsons)
  • Winner: Powerful Symbol
  • Jockey: R P McLernon
  • Trainer: Ben Pauling
  • Owner: The Megsons

16:25 Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Novices' Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 70y)
Pink, dark blue stars, pink cap (Caveat Emptor Partnership)
  • Winner: Lungarno Palace
  • Jockey: A P Cawley
  • Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: Caveat Emptor Partnership

16:55 Racing Uk Extra On Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 213y)
Yellow, emerald green spots and armlets, dark green cap (The Colin Tizzard Racing Club)
  • Winner: Lillington
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: The Colin Tizzard Racing Club

17:30 Visit The All New Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 4) (2m 70y)
Yellow, yellow and light green check sleeves, light green cap (Mr E R Newnham)
  • Winner: Tight Call
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: Mr E R Newnham
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