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Ludlow Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The English thoroughbred horse racing venue known as Ludlow Racecourse is situated near to Ludlow in the County of Shropshire. The course sits between two small villages, Stanton Lacy and Bromfield. Ludlow Racecourse has a right-handed track which is used for National Hunt meetings. Its racing calendar offers 18 events each year, starting on October and ending in May. The venue is often affectionately referred to as “One of Britain’s Friendliest Racecourses” and has an enthusiastic local following.

Historical records indicate that horse racing was being conducted at the site of Ludlow Racecourse as far back as 1725. Today the establishment still protrudes an atmosphere of bygone times and exudes a strong Edwardian character. A local story tells of the Ludlow Castle soldiers frequenting the site to match their horses during the 14th century.

Initially, Ludlow’s flat course was used for jump racing; however, today it is used a National Hunt course. Amazingly, one mile of the track is still actually an original part of the eighteenth century run. The space inside of the tracks is completely filled in by one of Shropshire’s oldest golfing establishments. The Ludlow Golf Club was founded in 1889, and having survived World War One, it underwent a major remodelling by the professional golfer and Scotsman, James Braid in 1922.

A noteworthy fact about Ludlow Racetrack is that the B4365 road crosses the track in three places, and when the facility is hosting events traffic has to be redirected. To combat the issue, a free bus service is provided for racegoers travelling by train from Hereford and Shrewsbury to Ludlow Train Station.

Important meetings at Ludlow Racecourse include February’s Attwood Memorial Trophy Handicap Chase and March’s Forbra Gold Challenge Cup Handicap Chase. Over the years, several high-profile jockeys and trainers have achieved great successes at the venue.

Today, Ludlow Racecourse’s facilities cater for a wide range of uses. Built in 2002, the Jubilee Stand can be accessed via a lift or a staircase. It boasts balcony views over the beautiful countryside and can easily accommodate large gatherings or small groups of visitors. The Plymouth Stand was created in 2010, while the Clive Pavilion offers a vast area of floor space ideal for many occasions.

The extensive property provides a great deal of choice when it comes to food and drink options. For example, the Jubilee Stand Restaurant is located above the Grandstand & Paddock Stand, where members can also find the Bar & Snack Bar. The Clive Pavilion Restaurant caters for day members. Then there is the Owners & Trainers Bar, which, as the name suggests, caters for owners and trainers or those who have an official badge. The Plymouth Stand Restaurant serves a carvery, while the course enclosure serves drinks plus hot and cold food.

The venue has a strict dress code which must be adhered to. Visitors are not allowed to wear ripped jeans, shorts, vests, rugby tops or football shirts. Tickets can be purchased at varying prices depending on the event chosen. Upon buying a Members Day Badge, access to the Members Enclosure along with pretty much all areas of the property apart from the Annual Members Bar is possible. Children who are accompanied by an adult benefit from free entry.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind