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Where is Ludlow Racecourse?
Ludlow Racecourse is 4km north-west of Ludlow town in Shropshire off the A49. It is 40km north of Hereford along the A49.
Ludlow rail station is in the town with a free shuttle bus in operation on racedays.
What Is Ludlow Famous For?
Soldiers stationed at Ludlow Castle raced their horses in nearby Bromfield from the early 17th century, but the first Ludlow Races took place in 1725. These were initially all on the flat with the track switching entirely to National Hunt in 1868. Ludlow hosts around 16 meetings a year.
The 18-hole Ludlow Golf Club is on the infield and the B4365 runs through the middle of the racecourse (and golf course) requiring traffic to be diverted on racedays.
Prince Charles rode his own horse, Allibar, to second place in an amateur riders' handicap chase at Ludlow on 24thOctober 1980. Awaiting him in the unsaddling enclosure was Lady Diana Spencer on their first public appearance as a couple.
Ludlow Racecourse Track Specifics
Ludlow is a fast flat right-handed oval with sharp turns around a mile and a half (2400m) long. The hurdles track's back straight is further out than that of the chase course and therefore has easier turns.
Speed is a far greater asset than stamina at Ludlow with easy fences giving decent opportunities to horses previously considered non-stayers or sketchy jumpers. The course has good drainage and mobile fences which can be relocated to avoid bad ground..
Biggest Meetings at Ludlow Racecourse
The Class 3 Forbra Gold Cup Handicap Chase, named after Tom Rimell's 50/1 winner of the 1932 Grand National, is Ludlow's biggest race and held in late February.
Visit the official Ludlow Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!