The land on which Ludlow Racecourse now stands has a long association with horses, with soldiers from Ludlow Castle taking their horses there. There’s also a record of horse racing on the site, which dates back to 1729.
Originally used for flat racing, Ludlow Race Course is now a National Hunt Course, and has hosted jumping since the mid-19th century. This has meant Ludlow is a course with an Edwardian character, and one that has a lively club membership/club atmosphere.
The course is a 1 mile 4 furlong oval, mainly for chase races or hurdling. The chase course is on flat ground with sharp bends, while the slightly longer hurdles track has easier bends, but slightly undulating ground. The chase race differs in that the jumps are more varied, and there is the addition of water jumps and ditches to the course.
Some websites describe the fences at Ludlow as ‘moderate’ in difficulty, while others have noted the long run to the finish, which can upset the ‘favourites’ in hurdle races. Racing Post Stats have named AP McCoy the top jockey in the last 5 seasons of racing at the course with 36 wins out of 118 races.
You will find Ludlow Racecourse just two miles North of Ludlow, off the A49, or you can also arrive by train. Take the Paddington to Newport line, and from there change onto a local service for Ludlow, and on race days there’s a free bus service from the station to the course and back.
If you want to attend a race fixture at Ludlow, there are three different badge prices, which include a race day programme, and entry to various enclosures/areas of the course. Restaurants and snack bars, along with course betting facilities will ensure you have all you need for a day at the races.