Ludlow Racecourse has been very busy over the summer, preparing for their new season starting on the 7th of October.
The Ludlow Racecourse is located 2 miles north of the market town Ludlow in Shropshire and has records of racing as far back as 1725. The racecourse was a venue for flat racing, but it is now a national hunt course with jumping starting in the mid-nineteenth century.
The course consists of a right-handed oval, approximately a mile and a half round, with a run-in of just over a furlong, and it still retains its strong Edwardian character and powerful club atmosphere. In the early part of the summer, Ludlow placed an order to provide them with four new roll-on/roll-off chase fences (three plain and one ditch) which were delivered to them at the end of August.
Roll-on/Roll-off fences have increased in popularity over recent years because of their flexibility in the speed of removal from the course. They also make it easier for the ground to be maintained as it gives the course much more flexibility in positioning the fence. The fences are made with galvanised steel frames which increases durability and life expectancy and therefore enables racecourses to save money in the long term.
As well as at Ludlow, our roll-on roll-off fences can now be seen in use at several courses, including Haydock, Ayr, Musselburgh, Market Rasen, Ascot and Leicester.
‘We have had wooden framed portable fences from Bob Lee’s pattern for 15 years, and these need replacing. After looking at various designs, we decided on 36ft wide fences from WF Racing. These have replaced the 54ft fences previously used in the straight and which were dolled off to 36ft to provide a change in the racing line.
These new fences give increased flexibility, and reducing the fence width by a third will save 30% of our birch cost each year. We have already made a repeat order for the back straight next year.’
Bob Davies – Chief Executive Ludlow Racecourse
We wish Ludlow a successful season ahead!