Lingfield Park Racecourse

Address:
Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01342 834800

Lingfield Park Racecourse (just plain old Linfield to most) is just one of four in the UK that operates an artificial all-weather Polytrack, which allows racing to take place all through the year and in all but the very worst of weather conditions. The Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VII) opened the 450-acre estate in 1890 (would you believe there was no Polytrack back then!), and the first race meeting took place that same year. It was initially only a jumps course but in 1894 the Jockey Club granted permission for flat racing to be held and racing has been taking place continuously since then, apart form a brief closure during WWII. It is one of the busiest tracks in Europe with over 100 days of competitive racing taking place each year and the course was featured in the 1954 film ‘The Rainbow Jacket’.

Previous track owners Ladbrokes sold the course in 1982 and the new owners immediately installed flood defences in order to alleviate flooding that had become a major problem in the area. An 18-hole golf course was opened on the site in 1987, whilst the construction and opening of a new £5.5million grandstand took place in 2004. Lingfield Park racecourse is easily accessible by following the brown tourist signs after Junction 6 of the M25. Those travelling by train should travel to Lingfield station, which is just a five-minute walk from the course and a 50-minute journey from London Victoria, making Lingfield extremely easy to reach for those travelling from or via the capital.

Ticket Prices

Access to the Premier Enclosure at Lingfield is priced at just £16, whilst those visiting who are under the age of 18 are allowed access free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

There are two flat courses at Lingfield – a turf course and an all weather course. The turf course is 1m4f in circumference and run left-handed, with a sharp and galloping nature making it a tough test. Triangular in shape, the track features a continuous climb to the end of the back straight before a sharp turn and steep descent to home. The home straight is a 3½f run in, joined by a chute able to produce a 7f straight course for shorter races. The all-weather flat track, used in winter only, is located on the inside of the turf course and is 1m2f in length. A 1f chute adds onto the 2f home straight to enable 1m5f races. In winter the flat turf course is converted into the hurdles course, which features six flights. The steeplechase course is 1m5f but despite its length it is still considered sharp and galloping, so well suited to fast runners.

Major Meetings at Lingfield Park

There are a number of high profile races run each year at Lingfield, including the Chartwell Fillies Stakes, which was established in 1994 and is run over 7f every May. The Lingfield Derby Trial is also run in May, as well as The Lingfield Oaks Trial, and they are both run over a distance of 1m3f. The Winter Derby was established in 1998 and is run slightly earlier, slightly confusingly taking place in March, over a distance of 1m2f.

Dining and Hospitality

There is an assortment of bespoke packages to suit all tastes available, with private hospitality suites for between 10 and 450 guests available for just £85 + VAT per person and various other dining options available.

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