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Lingfield Park Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Lingfield Park Racecourse is located in the village of Lingfield within the district of Surry, England. It is a left-handed turf course where both National Hunt and Flat racing events take place. Lingfield Racecourse is one of only three all-weather tracks in the U.K. The track is specifically designed for year-round racing activity. Its racing calendar provides at least 100 meetings per annum. The Oaks and the Derby are popular highlights and are held each May.

Lingfield Park Racecourse was inaugurated in 1890, by the Prince of Wales - who later became King Edward VII. The track was designed for jump racing however, in 1894, the Jockey Club agreed for the venue to operate as a dual purpose track by including flat racing events.

In 1932, an important meeting was launched called the Derby Trail Stakes. The event led to a number of victorious horses, at both the Derby Crown as well as at Epsom Downs. Two such winning horses were April the Fifth and High-Rise.

Another significant meeting known as the Oaks Trail Plate was inaugurated in 1932. After World War Two the event was re-named the Oaks Trail Stakes.

Lingfield Racecourse was assigned by the War Office during World War II to be transformed into a prisoner of war camp for Italians prisoners of war. The track served also as an area for the Home Guard to practice their manoeuvres.

Lingfield Park Racecourse introduced several high profile jump races in 1988. One of which, the December Novices’ Chase, is still being enjoyed today. It is the course’s only Grade 2 National Hunt race. The other was the Summit Juvenile Hurdle; however, in 2010, the fixture was moved to Doncaster Racecourse.

The UK’s first artificial all-weather surface, known as an Equitrack, was fitted at Lingfield Park Racecourse in 1989. The venue was purchased by the Arena Racing Company the year before and it didn’t take them long before they had arranged for an even newer track surface to be put into place, a state-of-the art Polytrack.

The Popular Winter Derby flat race event began in 1998, whilst the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes started in 1994. The back straight area of the turf course was re-laid in 2003, followed by other improvements including the creation of a new grandstand. There is also a luxurious 116-room hotel and golf course on site.

Lingfield Park Racecourse boasts an impressive racing calendar with National Hunt and Flat racing events throughout the whole year, whatever the weather. Meetings are organised to suit everybody’s preference in regard to times and dates. Visitors can enjoy family days, music nights, ladies evenings as well as celebrations, bank holidays and traditional dates such as Bonfire Night and Christmas.

Tickets can be purchased to suit all pockets and there is an array of hospitality packages available, while more serious race goers can buy an annual membership. There is a track side restaurant which serves a four-course meal as well as private suites which can accommodate small gatherings. Other features include Tote betting facilities, private bars and televisions.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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