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Newcastle Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Newcastle Racecourse can be found within High Gosforth Park Estate in the borough of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. The course is suitable for both National Hunt and flat racing and features a left-handed straight track of one mile in distance. Newcastle Racecourse offers some 49 meetings per annum of which the Northumberland Plate is one of the most prestigious events.

Horseracing activity has been present throughout the region for hundreds of years. Indeed, records have been found that describe an event being hosted at Killingworth during the 1700s. The Northumberland Plate was introduced at Town Moor in 1833. The first running of the race was won by a horse known as Tomboy and the meeting took place every year until it was relocated to High Gosforth Park in 1881.

The land occupied by Newcastle Racecourse was at one time under ownership of the Brandling Family. They sold the plot to a group of racing enthusiasts who were keen to create a professional horse racing venue. In 1881, work commenced on the site, beginning with the building of stables and a grandstand. The new owners hoped to recoup their investment by hosting the Plate at Gosforth Park in 1882, along with further planned fixtures.

Over the years, Newcastle Racecourse continued to introduce new meetings into its racing calendar, such as the Blaydon Races and the Beeswing Ladies Day (which was name after the greatest mare in Britain). The thoroughbred racehorse didn’t actually win any events at Newcastle Racecourse; however, she was famous for having won many other events in her career. In addition to its success as a horse racing venue, Newcastle Racecourse was expanded by the creation of a Scout Camp, nature reserve and Parklands as well as providing the location for the Northumberland Golf Club.

Even with the support of sponsors such as Newcastle Breweries, Bellway Homes and private shareholders, the establishment fell into ruin by 1994. Newcastle Racecourse was then sold to Sir Stanley Clarke’s Northern Racing and millions of pounds were invested to bring the facility back to life. New lighting was installed to enable year round racing action, a new Parade Ring was built and the track was redeveloped, along with many other improvements. Newcastle Racecourse stages many exciting races on its Grade 1 National Hunt track, such as the Betfred Eider Chase, which acts as a warm up to the famous Grand National; and the Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Another popular event is the Easter Monday Raceday fixture. Children under the age of 18 benefit from fee entry whilst adult tickets are available at very reasonable prices.

At Newcastle Racecourse there is a variety of packages available to punters. Prices depend on the type of facilities required. There is a restaurant on-site, as well as several bars and marquees all with spectacular views of the racecourse and surrounding countryside.

Newcastle Racecourse specifies that entry to the Grandstand and Paddock does not require any particular dress code however the Premier Enclosure does require visitors to dress smartly.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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