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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14:25 Shakespeare Media Juvenile Hurdle
2m ½f | Class 4 | 3YO only | 13 ran
  • Winner: What Will Be 15/8 Fav
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: The Dream Big Syndicate
15:00 Birmingham Mail Handicap Chase
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  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: N P Mulholland
  • Owner: The Affordable (3) Partnership
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2m ½f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
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  • Jockey: Thomas Bellamy Trainer: Kevin Frost
  • Owner: Curzon House Partnership & Friends
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2m 6½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
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  • Jockey: Alan Johns Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: The Bill & Ben Partnership
16:45 Bob Fenwick 80th Celebration 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
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  • Winner: Simply Loveleh 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Mr John J Reilly
17:20 Coventry Telegraph Handicap Chase
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
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  • Jockey: Mr B R Jones Trainer: D Burchell
  • Owner: Mrs G Davies
17:55 Birmingham Live Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
2m 2½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
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  • Jockey: Charlie Hammond Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: Valueracingclub Co Uk

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Luddington Road
CV37 9SE
01789 267949
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