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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12:20 Alveston Handicap Hurdle
2m 2½f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: Cremant 10/3 2Fav
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N P Mulholland
  • Owner: Mr Phil Simmonds
12:50 Bishopton Novices' Handicap Chase
Div 1
2m 5f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Innisfree Lad 1/2 Fav
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: T Symonds
  • Owner: Rees, Hardwick, Allum & Saville
13:25 Bishopton Novices' Handicap Chase
Div 2
2m 5f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Dubai Outlaw 11/4 JFav
  • Jockey: Kielan Woods Trainer: D J Jeffreys
  • Owner: Mr Mark E Smith
14:00 Dodwell Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 2½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Witness Protection 12/1
  • Jockey: James Best Trainer: M Keighley
  • Owner: Foxtrot Racing Witness Protection
14:35 Binton Novices' Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Enzo D'airy 8/1
  • Jockey: Charlie Deutsch Trainer: Miss V Williams
  • Owner: Dr Moira Hamlin
15:10 Wilmcote Handicap Hurdle
2m ½f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Minnie Escape 18/1
  • Jockey: James Best Trainer: V R A Dartnall
  • Owner: The Second Brayford Partnership
15:40 Loxley Handicap Chase
2m 3½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Coby Nine 6/1
  • Jockey: Mitchell Bastyan Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: The Roworth Family Syndicate
16:10 Walton Maiden Open NH Flat Race
GBB Race
2m ½f | Class 4 | 4YO to 6YO | 10 ran
  • Winner: Rainyday Woman 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Megan Nicholls Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mr S White

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