Stratford Racecourse is located in Warwickshire, less than 40 miles from Birmingham. A small National Hunt only track, its proximity to the second city means that there is always a decent sized crowd and friendly atmosphere at all fixtures. Racing has taken place in this historic part of the country since the mid 1700s. There are 18 fixtures annually, predominately throughout the summer months. The feature race of the year is the Foxhunters Champion Chase. It ranks third behind just the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters in the list of prestigious Hunter Chases in the UK.
Stratford Betting Tips
A left-handed triangle of about a mile and a quarter round, Stratford has a sharp track with a long turn out of the back straight and a short run in with just a single fence on both the hurdle and chase tracks. It is a flat track and horses only have to negotiate a short, sharp mound in the back straight. The hurdles are well spaced on the track. Stratford racecourse has generally easy fences. Also, fallers are down in recent years following the removal of the traditional second last which came up very close to the home turn. Races are generally run at a decent clip. Therefore, despite the relatively easy fences, the speed they are taken with can catch out those who are still lacking experience.
Stratford Betting Trends
Richard Johnson and Aidan Coleman both excel at Stratford races. They have a +£34.51 and +£50.22 level stakes profit at the course respectively. Both of them are more profitable over the smaller obstacles, with bumpers proving to be a negative for both of them. Warren Greatrex has been the recent trainer to follow, with an excellent 35% strike rate at the track (18/51 + £23.55). However, he is more prominent over the chase fences with a 6/13 record. That’s a 46% strike rate for a +£13.03 level stakes profit.
Stratford Feature Races
- Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase (3m 3f)