About Stratford Racecourse
Stratford Racecourse is a racecourse located in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. It’s about 30 miles south of Birmingham and about 30 miles north of Cheltenham. So not only is it in quite an active part of the country, but it’s also in a big racing area too! Stratford Racecourse isn’t as big as those around it, however. It has a reputation for being considerably more casual than most venues. This makes it one of the few racecourses where casual attire is acceptable on the day! Despite this, Stratford Racecourse is still one of the oldest venues in the country. They’ve been hosting racing events at this venue since 1755!
Instead, Stratford Racecourse focuses their attention on creating as fun an atmosphere as they can. So every year they’ll throw on events such as ladies days, which includes competitions and prizes. It also has a caravan park attached which can hold up to 192 caravans!
Stratford Racecourse only offers Jump racing events on its course. The course is left-handed and triangular in shape. The bends here are sharper than usual too. Stratford Racecourse is a challenging racecourse due to its high fences, including a water jump. As a result, this track sees a lot of falls from jockeys.
Stratford Racecourse doesn’t host many big races throughout the year, but it hosts one or two. Each year, the biggest races at Stratford Racecourse are the Stratford Foxhunters’ Champion Chase and the Stratford Summer Cup. The former of the two runs after the Foxhunters’ events at Cheltenham and Aintree. The Class 2 race is the third jewel in the series with a purse of £25k. The Stratford Summer Cup runs a little later in the year. It’s also a Class 2 race run over 2 miles with a £12.5k purse!