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


13:30 Natural Flake Novices' Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 2f 148y)
Yellow, royal blue braces, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars and stars on cap (Mr P H Betts)
  • Winner: Hatcher
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Mr P H Betts

14:00 Priority Sms Selling Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 70y)
Light blue, white stars, white sleeves, light blue stars (Sky's The Limit)
  • Winner: Royal Plaza
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Sky's The Limit

14:35 Watch More With Racing UK Extra Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 3f 98y)
Yellow, dark blue chevron, yellow sleeves, dark blue stars, yellow cap, dark blue star (Mr B Bell, Mr T Messom & Mrs P Sturgis)
  • Winner: Comanche Chieftain
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Trainer: N B King
  • Owner: Mr B Bell, Mr T Messom & Mrs P Sturgis

15:10 Watch Racing Uk On Sky 426 Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 70y)
Emerald green, red hoops, quartered cap (Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart)
  • Winner: Innocent Touch
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: H D Daly
  • Owner: Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart

15:45 Low 6 Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 6f 125y)
Yellow, black hollow box, yellow and white hooped sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap (Hools & Forces Partnership)
  • Winner: Massini's Lady
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Hools & Forces Partnership

16:20 Racing UK Extra On Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 3f 98y)
Black, royal blue hooped sleeves, red cap (Am Bostock Dg Bostock)
  • Winner: Opechee
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Am Bostock Dg Bostock

16:55 All New Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 6f 7y)
Dark blue, emerald green star, white sleeves, emerald green stars, dark blue cap, emerald green stars (Local Parking Security Limited)
  • Winner: His Dream
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: Local Parking Security Limited
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