Ludlow racecourse  Ludlow racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing track located in Ludlow, Shropshire, England. It is owned and operated by Ludlow Race Club Ltd, and is well known for hosting National Hunt races. The racecourse is just 2 miles away from Ludlow, and is famously known as “Lovely Ludlow.” Its location is strategic, being crossed by the B4365 and other minor roads. Whenever there is a race meeting, traffic on these roads has to be put on halt so as not to interfere with the races. The course offers a calm and relaxed environment for the racegoers to enjoy watching the races from.

Racing at Ludlow is said to have taken place first in1729. The racecourse was used by Ludlow Castle soldiers who went there occasionally to match their horses against each other. The race meetings were held at Bromfield, and it was until 1750 when the meetings were recorded. However, the races did not attract a wide audience since they were less popular at the time. Cock fighting was what most people enjoyed watching. The first flat race to be staged at Ludlow took place in mid-19th century, but ceased happening in 1868. The course built a new grandstand in 1904. Today, Ludlow racecourse shares its facilities with Ludlow Golf Club. It has thrived over the years and stood the test of time unlike it’s neighboring Shrewsbury which closed its gates in 1887.

Each year, racing at Ludlow takes place in the winter, with Forbra Gold Cup being the most notable race. It is run every late February, and was named after Forbra, a winner of the 1932 Grand National race. This year, the racecourse is set to host a good number of fixtures, with gates opening two hours before the first race begins. Admission prices start from 16 Euros depending on the package that one chooses.

Ayr Racecourse  Racecourse is a grade 1 track located in Scotland. It is located at Whitletts Road, and was opened way back in 1907. It is the largest racecourse in Scotland, with a carrying capacity of 18,000. The racecourse specifically hosts flat and National Hunt races. The track has been used for racing since 1576. In 1824, Ayr racecourse established an important meeting called the Western Meeting. The meeting featured the Ayr Gold Cup race, which was later changed into a handicap race in 1855. Up to date, the Ayr Gold Cup is a well-known race for the handicap in Europe. In 1907, the racecourse changed its site to the current location, due to the
limiting size of tracks and paddocks. A jumps track was introduced in 1950, enabling it to host the Scottish Grand
National from 1966.

 

Today, the racecourse is well-known for hosting the Scottish Grand National. Ticket prices are extremely fair. For all the races including the Scottish Grand Nationals, tickets cost between 15 Euros to 22 Euros. This is one of the major reasons as to why Ayr has been voted the best racecourse in Scotland 19 times in a row. Club tickets are however more expensive, starting from 42 Euros. In the company of an adult, those aged under 18 are allowed into the racecourse free of charge. Disabled persons are given an offer of 2-for-1 ticket when their carrier is accompanying them.

 

The racecourse will stage a total of 37 events this year. The Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day is scheduled for Friday the 20th of April, while The Coral Scottish Grand National is scheduled for Saturday, 21st April. This day marks the biggest day for the jumps season, thus the most anticipated sporting occasion. Opening Flat Race day is scheduled for 30th April. Within the racecourse are two restaurants, The Warrior restaurant and The Chancellor Carvery restaurant. They offer different packages, making your stay in Ayr enjoyable.