About Ludlow Racecourse
Ludlow Racecourse is a racecourse located near the market town of Ludlow, Shropshire. It’s about 40 miles west of Birmingham and 50 miles north of Cheltenham. So it’s in a part of the country that is horse racing mad! However, close proximity to the biggest racecourses does have its drawbacks too! Ludlow Racecourse is one of the smallest racecourses in the UK. This is despite a rich history of horse racing dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.
Ludlow Racecourse offers Jump racing on its turf course. The track is about a mile and a half long; it is oval with both an inner and outer track! It runs right-handed, has nine fences, and only a short run-in of 250 yards! The fences here are quite easy, which means this is a fast course too!
Unfortunately, Ludlow Racecourse doesn’t host any major races throughout the season. Racing takes place during the winter months though with its feature race being the Forbra Gold Cup. This race was named after the 50-1, 1932 Grand National Winner, whose trainer came from Ludlow!
The Forbra Gold Cup is a Class 3 handicap chase. It’s open to horses aged five and older and runs over 3 miles. It also comes with a purse of around £20k.
Ludlow Racecourse may not be the country’s biggest racecourse, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most fun! One of the things that stand out here is the restaurants. You have a few to choose from which include both fine dining and a quick bite to eat. You can get full afternoon tea, go drink in the bars, enjoy their pavilions, or take a walk around their picnic areas. For one of the smaller racecourses in the UK, Ludlow really punches above its weight in this regard.