Racecourses in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse
Luddington Road

CV37 9SE

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The date of the first race meeting is unknown, but thanks to a unique manuscript account made by Captain James Saunders there is a magnificent record of the races from 1755 to 1778. The copyright of this manuscript belongs to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Many improvements have taken place on the track, where the bends have been banked, the water jump moved in front of the stands, a photo-finish camera installed, and the distances of the races altered. In 1969 two fields which were part of the original course over 200 years ago, were acquired for the purpose of enlarging the circuit and eliminating two sharp bends.

In 1922 there were just two meetings while nowadays there are around fourteen allocated each year.

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