We love welcoming racegoers to Ludlow Racecourse, whether you are a seasoned visitor or brand new to racing.
If you are new, we thought it would be useful to pull together the essential information as well as some further guidance about what to expect, what to bring and how to make the most out of your day.
We would encourage you to plan your day so that you arrive at least one hour prior to the first race. This gives you time to make yourself familiar with the racecourse and get your bearings. It also gives you time to get something to eat or drink and soak up your surroundings.
The racecourse has several different areas, and your ticket information will explain exactly where you are allowed to go. There are a number of pre-bookable restaurant packages and private hospitality options too, visit our hospitality pages for more info.
The Paddock – Ludlow and Goodwood are the only two racecourses in the country that the horses parade anti-clockwise. The reason for this is to enable the trainer who is doing the “leg-up” to move away from the horse safely, as opposed to coming out at its rear. The horses parade the ring prior to racing, and this is also where the Winner of Best Turned Out is chosen.
The Winners Enclosure – We have a smart new winners to enable all placed horses to be admired and congratulated in the same place. We are fully committed to all welfare issues, both equine and human.
The Finishing Post – the post marking the end of a race.
Children aged 17 and under who are accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge every raceday at Ludlow across all enclosures*.
Camera/phone – You want to make your day something you can look back on, so bringing your phone and/or camera to take photos throughout the day is a great way to do this. We would love you to share them on social media too and you can tag us using @ludlowraceclubltd and using the hashtag #ludlowraces . It’s important to remember you MUST not have your flash on as this will upset the horses.
Money – We don’t have a cash machine on site, so making sure your bring cash and card means you have options. Cash is often used for buying your race card or putting on small bets via the totes.
Umbrella – Unfortunately we can’t promise the weather in Shropshire and so we recommend bringing an umbrella that will fit in your bag. It means you can still enjoy watching the racing outdoors but keep out of the rain too.
We like to keep things pretty relaxed here at Ludlow Races, so we are inclusive for all. Whilst you may see some racegoers in suits, hats and dresses, this isn’t compulsory. We ask that you just dress smart/casual.
If you are attending as part of a party (hen or stag) and would like to attend in fancy dress, please contact us in advance for further guidance.
Always ensure you attach your badge to your outfit, either through a buttonhole or attached to a handbag strap, so it is visible to the racecourse officials.
The racecard is full of everything you need to know about your day at the races! It has the list of runners for the day, the owners, the trainers and the jockeys. It shows you the colours the jockeys will run in, as well information about the horses form. Full a full guide on the racecard click here – https://www.greatbritishracing.com/how-to-read-a-racecard/
At Ludlow, we have two types of races, hurdles and chase fences. You will see these noted in your racecard along with the information we noted above. Here is an overview of the differences:
Distances vary from 2m, 2m 5f, to 3m. We have padded hurdles which reduce the number of small injuries to race horses as they are foam padded. The track is generally regarded as a very fair track, being 1m 5f per circuit with a home straight of approximately 3f.
We use mobile fences, which enables us to move them to fresher ground when it gets cut up during the season. We race over distances of 2m, 2m 4f, 3m and 3m 1f. The track is only 1m 3f for a full circuit, which generally creates a fast circuit so it suits horses that are fast rather than staying types. The fences are regarded as being very fair in that they are all situated on level ground. The combination of a flat track, 1m 3f for a circuit and good, good to soft going tends to create races run at quite a fast pace.
In short, a hurdle race is where horses jump over hurdles and a chase is short for steeplechase, where horses run over fences. Hurdles tend to be smaller than the chase fences.
If you’d like some bed-time reading, then prior to your race day, why not check out the glossary of racing terms on Great British Racing – https://www.greatbritishracing.com/guide-to-racing/jargon-buster/