Welcome to our official guide to Ludlow Racecourse. In this section we explore this jump racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the race track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Ludlow Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Events
- 5 Ludlow Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Ludlow Racecourse
- 7 Hotels near Ludlow Racecourse
- 8 Best Ludlow Races Betting Sites
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Ludlow Racecourse
- 10 Other Events
- 11 Ludlow Weather
- 12 Summary
- 13 Other racecourses
Ludlow Racecourse is a small thoroughbred horseracing venue in Shropshire with both jumps and hurdles tracks, as well as a large golf club on-site. The racecourse sits just 10 miles from the Welsh border, in England.
Ludlow Racecourse is situated just a few miles north of the medieval market town of Ludlow, in Shropshire. Ludlow has a population of about 11,000 and is the largest town in South Shropshire.
There are nearly 500 listed buildings in the town and numerous surrounding villages that are picturesque and historical in character. Not quite within the boundaries of the town itself, the area Ludlow Racecourse sits in is known as The Old Field.
Racing takes place at Ludlow Racecourse in the winter moths between October and May each year, with a usual schedule of 16 fixtures per annum. National Hunt fixtures take place here and are usually fair to useful in quality. Attendance is strong year-round, albeit usually local, and Ludlow Racecourse is well known for being relaxed and informal – ideal for first-time racegoers or those not looking for too structured or ceremonial an experience.
The track itself is sharp, flat, right-handed and oval in shape. The fence chase circuit is approximately a mile and a half long with a run-in on 250 yards. The first fence, known amongst those in the industry as ‘Tricky Trevor’ had a previous reputation for catching out many, but it has since been re-sited and is now considerably less of an issue! The hurdles course runs along the outside of the chase course and is easier in its turns, with slight undulations. The track sits on 70% gravel and 30% loam.
Inside the track at Ludlow Racecourse sits Ludlow Golf Club. Ludlow Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Shropshire and was founded in 1889. It’s an 18-hole 6,277 yards course with a par of 70.
Unlike many other racecourses, Ludlow Racecourse remains essentially focused on just horseracing, but the hospitality facilities are often used from time to time for relaxed games clubs and local crafts fairs. It is technically the largest events venue to hire in South Shropshire, but rarely hosts big public events; instead being used more often for private occasions.
The first recorded race at Ludlow Racecourse dates back to 1725, although it’s rumoured in local history that soldier used to pit their horses against each other in races as far back as the 14th century.
The current hurdles course uses a mile of what previously constituted the flat racing course, although Ludlow Racecourse became exclusively a National Hunt track in the 19th century. It was jump racing that really elevated the course to success.
Ludlow Racecourse was, as all other British racecourses, closed during World War II. During this time, it played home to 2,000 US soldiers who used it as both a base and a venue for local children (as well those evacuated to the region) to take up training craft.
When the War ended and the course re-opened, it was drastically refurbished and improved.
Today, Ludlow Racecourse is well attended by racegoers from both sides of the Welsh border but remains a very unusual course compared to others. Aside from the golf course sitting bang in the middle of the track, the B4365 road was also built through it – crossing the track in three places! Needless to say, traffic is diverted elsewhere on race days.
Ludlow Racecourse Map
Main Races and Events
The star event of the calendar at Ludlow Racecourse is the Forbra Gold Challenge Cup, a handicap race run across just over three miles every March. It honours Forbra, the winner of the 1932 Grand National who was a rank outsider with 50/1 odds. The race is lauded as a great day out locally and tickets are kept reasonably priced for maximum accessibility.
Ludlow Racecourse Address
How To Get To Ludlow Racecourse
Ludlow Racecourse is just two miles out of Ludlow by road and is easily accessible off the A49. Of course, a B road and several other smaller roads run straight through it, but these are all closed and routes diverted on race days so there’s no point using those to access the venue.
The nearest rail station to Ludlow Racecourse is Ludlow, which is a two-mile bus journey away. Ludlow sits on both the London Paddington – Newport and Newport – Crewe lines. On race days, free shuttle buses run to and from the station. Helicopters are able to land at the racecourse by prior arrangement.
Hotels near Ludlow Racecourse
There aren’t lots of chain hotels in the local area around Ludlow, but there are independent accommodation options for those looking to stay close to the course. The nearest is The Clive Arms Bromfield, which has chic yet low-key rooms in an 18th century farmhouse… and a fantastic cocktails list!
Other hotels nearby include the Fishmore Hall Hotel, The Feathers Hotel, Dinham Hall Hotel and The Wheatsheaf Inn. Many of those attending Ludlow Racecourse travel to Newport, which is home to many more hotels and guesthouses.
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Betting Shops Local to Ludlow Racecourse
Betting windows can be found inside and out at Ludlow Racecourse, and Tote kiosks throughout all areas too. Independent bookmakers can mainly be found outside the Jubilee Stand, but also by The Paddock and next to the Fairway Café. Mobile signal isn’t the best at Ludlow, so if online betting, it may be better to do so in advance.
The town of Ludlow is only small, but there are branches of both Betfred and Coral in the centre. Other nearby cities and town such as Kidderminster, Newport and Shrewsbury all too have several branches of the ‘big name’ betting brands.
Ludlow Racecourse doesn’t host many non-horseracing events but its Christmas Fair really is star of the show! Hosted every November or December, it’s a must-visit for locally-produced and handcrafted gifts and produce.
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Ludlow:
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