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Stratford Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The thoroughbred horse racing venue known as Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse (or Stratford Racecourse) is located in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England. In spite of its small size, it is a very popular racecourse which stages around 18 meetings horse racing events every year between March and October. Its left-handed triangle-shaped course is ideal for National Hunt races. The two-day Champion Hunter Chase is organised every summer in June and attract huge crowds of race goers.

Horse racing first occurred in the area on Shottery Meadow in 1769. Back then, a three-day event called the Garrick’s Great Shakespearean Jubilee took place which included the Jubilee Cup. The Garrick Jubilee Challenge Cup was founded in 1969 in honour of the original race. In 1778, all horse racing activity stopped at Stratford Racecourse and didn’t resume again until 1836. The four-mile chase event organised at Stratford Racecourse in 1839 was won by Lottery, a top class horse well known for having claimed victory at the famous Grand National. Lottery went on to be champion at the Stratford meeting again in 1840. Once more, horse racing activity was suspended at the venue from 1843 until 1849. Thereafter, Stratford Racecourse’s racing calendar featured regular annual meetings, such as the Avon Steeple Chase in 1867, the Diamond Jubilee Cup in 1897 and the Warwickshire Hunt Coronation Cup in 1902.

During the 20th Century, Stratford Racecourse benefitted from many upgrades, especially on the track itself. Notable improvements included the installation of a state-of-the-art photo-finish camera, re-banked bends and the relocation of the water jump to the front of the stands. In 1969, the venue purchased two more fields which enabled the track to be made bigger thus removing several sharp bends. These changes led to Stratford being able to add important fixtures to its calendar such as the John Corbet Cup, the Roddy Baker Gold Cup and the Ladbroke Hurdle, amongst others.

Highlights of Stratford’s racing calendar include the Irish Day, at the beginning of the season; Avon Estates Day; and Family Day in the summer, with its Birmingham Post Handicap Chase (otherwise known as the Stratford Summer Cup). Another summer event is the highly-anticipated Ladies Day along with its best-dressed competition.

Stratford Racecourse has three enclosures to choose from: the Centre Course, the Tattersalls Enclosure and the Club Enclosure. All three of them provide access to the restaurants, bars, TOTE Betting facilities and bookmakers units, and include undercover viewing. Eateries include the Gallery Restaurant, the Chaser Room and the Paddock Pavilion. There are numerous food and drink outlets as well as various bars such as the Champagne Bar, the Garrick Bar, the Chris Rookes, the Paddock Box Bars and the Falstaff Bar. All of the bars feature betting facilities and Plasma screens. Stratford Racecourse also prides itself on offering a comprehensive selection of fine wines. Stratford Racecourse offers packages to suit individual requests. Private box packages include a private room with spectacular views across the racecourse and parade ring, plus food, wine, hospitality badges, car parking, colour race cards, drinks upon arrival, refreshments such as tea and coffee with biscuits and a complimentary bar. The private hospitality boxes are extremely popular, so early reservations are recommended.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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