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.


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.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Last Update: 23/01/2019 17:00

13:10 Eric Harris Retires Today Maiden Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 6f 7y)
  • Winner: Shannon Hill 1/3 Fav
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Grech & Parkin
13:40 Charlotte Cole Memorial Beginners' Chase
(Class 4) (2m 4f 205y)
  • Winner: Stowaway Magic 1/16 Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Grech & Parkin
14:15 Alistair Admits His Age Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle
(Class 5) (2m 2f 148y)
  • Winner: Utility 5/1
  • Jockey: Callum McKinnes Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Tim And Sue Payton
14:45 Charlie Longsdon Racing Handicap Chase
(Class 3) (2m 3f 98y)
  • Winner: Cobra De Mai 4/1
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Norman Lake & Susan Carsberg
15:20 British Stallion Studs EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
(Class 3) (2m 70y)
  • Winner: Seddon 8/11 Fav
  • Jockey: A P Heskin Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: McNeill Family
15:50 J.h. Rowe Memorial Handicap Chase
(Class 4) (2m 6f 125y)
  • Winner: Cloth Cap 10/1
  • Jockey: R P McLernon Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: Mr Trevor Hemmings

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Luddington Road
CV37 9SE
01789 267949
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