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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13:40 Rio Gold Syndicate Maiden Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 6f 7y)
Dark blue, yellow sleeves, dark blue and red striped cap (Mrs E L Kendall)
  • Winner: Linenhall
  • Jockey: D A Jacob
  • Trainer: Ben Pauling
  • Owner: Mrs E L Kendall

14:15 Watch Racing Replays At Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 2f 148y)
Dark blue, grey diamond, dark blue sleeves, grey stars, grey cap, dark blue star (T C O Gredley And Enda Carroll)
  • Winner: Royal Beekeeper
  • Jockey: Bridget Andrews
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: T C O Gredley And Enda Carroll

14:45 Charlie Longsdon Racing Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 3f 98y)
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)
  • Winner: Starchitect
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

15:20 British Stallion Studs Ebf 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 70y)
Eau de nil, crimson sash, collar, cuffs and cap (Carole Daly & Partners)
  • Winner: Honest Vic
  • Jockey: A Tinkler
  • Trainer: H D Daly
  • Owner: Carole Daly & Partners

15:50 Charlotte Cole Memorial Novices' Chase

(Class 4) (2m 6f 125y)
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap (McNeill Family)
  • Winner: Keeper Hill
  • Jockey: A P Heskin
  • Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Owner: McNeill Family

16:20 J.h. Rowe Memorial Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 6f 125y)
White, red chevron, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar)
  • Winner: Play The Ace
  • Jockey: James Bowen
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar
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