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Sedgefield Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Sedgefield Racecourse is exclusively used for jump racing. It is located in County Durham near to the town of Sedgefield in the northeast of England. Its left-handed track features tight sharp bends and covers a distance of 10 furlongs, abruptly descending before the difficult climb up to the finishing post. Sedgefield Racecourse hosts between 18 and 20 meetings throughout its racing calendar and the annual highlight is the Durham National Handicap Chase held in spring.

Horse racing activity in the Sedgefield area has been taking place since the 1700s; however, official meetings began in 1846. A man called Ralph Lambton founded a Club at the Hardwicke Arms in 1804, which served as the headquarters for the Ralph Lambton Hunt. Meetings were conducted at Lambton Park. Later on, during the 19th century, a course was created on the Sands Hall Estate and became known as the “Melton of the North”. The first records of equine activity taking place at the current Sedgefield Racecourse venue occur in 1846. In the 1900s, a two-day meeting was added to Sedgefield Racecourse’s calendar. The course soon gained a positive reputation for having an exceptionally good quality track which never became waterlogged in times of bad weather. The course is known for its impeccable surface and birch-built fences.

Horse racing at the venue stopped for some time during WWI and it wasn’t until the mid-1920s that organized meetings recommenced. The Race Course Company was initiated in 1927, leading to the addition of many new meetings. Today some 20 fixtures are hosted at Sedgefield Racecourse.

A program of upgrades began at Sedgefield Racecourse in the 1970s. This included the replacement of the old tin huts with modern eateries and bars, new corporate entertainment areas and improved stabling. The Sedgefield Pavilion & Bar was built in 1991, along with a restaurant, private entertaining suits and tote facilities. Next, the Theakston Suite was created (1995) followed by a new weighing room complex, new betting facilities, and improved parade ring and winners enclosure. The venue was then purchased by Northern Racing in 2001, who invested over half a million pounds into the property.

Highlights of Sedgefield Racecourse’s racing calendar include the Cheltenham Festival Race Day, the Durham National, Ladies Night and the Boxing Day Meet. The Grandstand Enclosure provides spectacular views over the finishing post whilst the Course Enclosure is located in the middle of the course and offers the cheapest entrance fees.

There are several packages available with options such as dinner, drinks and race day programme, plus a private table. The more expensive packages include hospitality admission into the Silks Restaurant which serves a Royal Banquet Menu. There is an assortment of eating options from fine dining and sea food, to fast food and bar snacks. Families can enjoy the beautiful picnic area along with an outdoor play zone and other seasonal entertainment for children.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind