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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14:00 Inspire Racing Club Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 6f 7y)
White, dark green hoop and armlets, black and dark green quartered cap (Gumbrills Racing Partnership)
  • Winner: The Drone
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: A M Hales
  • Owner: Gumbrills Racing Partnership

14:35 Inspire Insurance Services Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 213y)
Emerald green, orange sash and sleeves, white cap (Mr Simon Gegg)
  • Winner: Modeligo
  • Jockey: Stan Sheppard
  • Trainer: M Sheppard
  • Owner: Mr Simon Gegg

15:10 Ford Allen Mares' Novices' Selling Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 70y)
Black, yellow seams, yellow and black chevrons on sleeves, check cap (P Middleton, M Lowther)
  • Winner: Miss Adventure
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P W Middleton
  • Owner: P Middleton, M Lowther

15:40 Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (3m 2f 83y)
Dark blue, grey hoop, grey sleeves, dark blue armlets, dark blue and grey quartered cap (The McPherson Racing Partnership)
  • Winner: Generous Chief
  • Jockey: Bryony Frost
  • Trainer: G P Mcpherson
  • Owner: The McPherson Racing Partnership

16:10 Zoe's Place Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 6f 7y)
Brown, white cross belts, white sleeves, brown armlets, brown and white striped cap (Peter Boggis & John Abernethy)
  • Winner: Mr Mafia
  • Jockey: Harry Stock
  • Trainer: M Keighley
  • Owner: Peter Boggis & John Abernethy

16:40 Inspire Racing Club Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 4) (2m 3f 98y)
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)
  • Winner: Allelu Alleluia
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

17:10 Inspire Racing Club Membership Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 70y)
Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star (Mr R S Brookhouse)
  • Winner: Strike In Milan
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: Mr R S Brookhouse
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