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.