Sedgefield racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in Britain. It is located in the village of Sedgefield, south of Durham city. The racecourse is owned and operated by Northern Racing. The left-handed track hosts a total of 19 race meetings each year, all spread over a period of 11 months. It is located approximately five minutes from jct 60, and about 20 minutes from Darlington and Teesside, making it accessible to many people. Sedgefield hosts National Hunt races only. Apart from being a horse racing venue, it is also used for various indoor and outdoor events such as conferences, weddings and exhibitions.
Racing at Sedgefield dates back to 1732, making it one of the most ancient racecourses in Britain. It staged a number of races each year. Its operations were however cut short by the outbreak of the World War 1, when it was forced to close down. In 1804, a club based on Sedgefield and Hardwick Arms was formed by Ralph Lambton, making Sedgefield the headquarters of Ralph Lambton Hunt. In 1977, Frank Scotto was appointed to be the chairman, after Harry Lane, the previous chairman had died. His appointment came along with a number of improvements. A new pavilion was built, as well as the Theakston suite.
The most notable race held at Sedgefield is the Durham National. The race is scheduled to happen every October, with the horses running over a distance of three miles. Fatehalkhair is the most famous winner of this race, having won a good number of races in the recent years. This year, the racecourse will be hosting a good number of fixtures. On Tuesday the 15th of May will be the Paxtons season finale. The fixture will be sponsored by Paxtons, and tables will be going for 57 Euros in the Hoops Bistro and 40 Euros in the Silks restaurant. There will be a wide range of hospitality services, catering for the needs of every racegoer.
Haydock racecourse is a thoroughbred racing track located in Haydock, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourse, and is well known for hosting flat and National Hunt races. Being situated in the middle of three towns, the racecourse is easily accessible to many people. The racecourse has been a venue for horse racing for many years now, with the current venue being functional since 1899. Sydney Sandon was the one who oversaw its early developments in the early 20th century, being both the secretary and managing director of the course. It has been voted for as the racecourse of the year for two consecutive times.
According to historians, Haydock was more than just a racecourse. It was a venue for parties and musical entertainment, attracting a wider range of audience other than just race-goers. The racecourse had been functional since it was opened up in 1899, but was closed down during the World War Two. It was used as a station for invading
Europe after the American infantry divisions were stationed in the racecourse.
Today, the left-handed oval track hosts a significant number of fixtures annually. The most notable races held there include; the Altcar Novices’ Chase, Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and Marsh Chase. The Altcar Novices’ is scheduled to take place every January, and takes in horses five years and above. It takes place over 4,099 metres with the horses jumping over a total of 17 fences. Rossington Hurdle is a Grade 2 race scheduled for every January just like the Altcar. It first took place in 1971 at Doncaster racecourse. The race is open to horses aged four years and above. The Marsh Chase is run over 5,144 metres, making it the longest of the three races. It is open only to horses aged five years and above. The racecourse has a wide range of hospitality services guaranteeing a comfortable stay to the racegoers.
Pontefract racecourse is a horse racing track located in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. It is owned and managed by the Pontefract Park Race Company Ltd. The course is left- handed, and is about 5km long, with the last three furlongs steeping up a hill, making the finish very challenging. The course hosts flat races, and is considered as the largest flat racing track in the whole of Europe. It is easily accessible by public transportation, making it convenient to most racegoers. By train, one can choose to either use the Glasshoughton orTanshelf station. Bus services are also available and run frequently from Pontefract to Castleford.
Racing at Pontefract racecourse began way back in 1648. Back then, races occurred at the meadows near Pontefract. They however ceased happening in 1769 due to unknown reasons, and resumed in 1801. Unlike other racecourses, Pontefract remained functional during the World War 2. It was used as a venue for important races such as Lincoln Handicaps. It became the first racecourse in 1952 to install a photo finish, but was among the last racecourses to stage evening meetings.
The most notable races held at Pontefract are the Pontefract Castle Stakes and the Pomfret Stakes. The Pontefract Castle Stakes takes pace every June, and it first happened in 2005. Only fillies and mares are allowed to take part in the race. Pomfret Stakes on the other hand is scheduled for every July. It first happened in 2004, but was run as a handicap race. This year, the racecourse will be holding a total of six fixtures, three of them being Evening meetings and the other three being Sunday Meetings. There will be live concerts, with the Bootleg Beatles performing on the 20th of July after the racing. The racecourse will also be hosting the annual Ladies Day on the 8th of August, where the best dressed lady will be awarded with a holiday for two to the Dominican Republic.