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Where is Stratford Racecourse?
Stratford-On-Avon Racecourse is on Shottery Meadow 2km west of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. It is close to the A46 which connects Stratford to Warwick and J15 of the M40.
Stratford-upon-Avon rail station is to the west of town and a 25-minute walk to the track with a journey time of 45 minutes from Birmingham Snow Hill.
What Is Stratford Famous For?
Close to William Shakespeare's birthplace, the first Stratford Races were held on Shottery Meadow in 1718. Farmers' protests that the races were ruining their crops saw them halted some 60 years later but racing returned there in 1836.
Stratford racecourse was extended in 1968 and now hosts 17 jumps meetings from March to November. Its season opener on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival attracts plenty of punters en route to Prestbury Park.
Stratford Racecourse Track Specifics
Stratford is a left-handed flat triangular one-and-a-quarter mile (2000m) track. It has sharp bends with a longer home turn before a short run-in of under two furlongs (400m).
Speedier horses, especially those coming from the Flat, are definitely favoured over National Hunt galloping types but accurate jumping is essential on such a fast track.
Biggest Meetings at Stratford Racecourse
The two-day meeting at the end of May or early June is Stratford's most popular starting with the Friday Hunterchase evening. The highlight is the Champion Hunters' Chase which is behind only Cheltenham and Aintree's Foxhunters in terms of prestige. The Saturday is a Peaky Blinders themedrace night.
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Visit the official Stratford Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!