Redcar Racecourse

Address:
The Racecourse, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 2BY - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01642 484068

Situated in North Yorkshire and often described as the county’s ‘seaside track’, the current racecourse at Redcar was first opened in the 1870s. Prior to moving to the present track, races in the Redcar area were held on the sands at Coatham. In 1872 The Jockey Club issued a statement stating prize money for any race should be a minimum of £50, so in order to raise funds to pay these they needed a guaranteed income. To guarantee an entry fee from spectators, there needed to be a permanent and enclosed racecourse, so a group of local businessmen teamed up and bought the lease on the land of the current site. Redcar racecourse offers outstanding and modern facilities, due to dramatic upgrades and refurbishments over the last few years whilst still staying true to its history.

Redcar racecourse is very accessible to all racegoers, whether travelling by car or by train. Redcar has links via the A1, A66, A19 and A174 Parkway, with customers encouraged to follow the yellow AA directional signs from the outside of Redcar all the way to the trackside car park. For those travelling by train, Recar Central station is less than a ten minute walk from the track (taxis also available), with regular services including the East Coast main line form Darlington.

Ticket Prices

There are two levels of ticket price at Redcar, regular and feature, with feature prices applied to the more prestigious and well attended events. Regular prices see entry to the grandstand available for just £12, whilst access to the course enclosure is priced at the bargain sum of £4. Feature race days incorporate a 25% increase in ticket prices, with grandstand and course prices raised to £15 and £5 respectively.

The Course

The course at Redcar is exclusively for flat races, with renewals run left-handed over a 1m6f oval shaped track. It is a course known for its long straights, with the home straight measuring 5f in length. It features tight bends, however the positioning of the banking serves to counteract this. A 3f chute joins on to the home straight in order to produce a one-mile flat course for shorter races. Whilst the ground staff at Redcar have done ground work to eliminate any draw bias, on soft going, horses that are drawn middle to high tend to still have a statistical advantage.

Major Meetings at Redcar

Arguably the most prestigious race that takes place annually at Redcar is the Zetland Gold Cup, which is usually run at the end of May or beginning of June over a distance of 1m2f. There are 15 days of flat racing each year, which also includes important races such as the Guisborough Stakes and the Two-Year-Old Trophy, the latter of which provides £200,000 in prize money and is officially known as one of the richest two-year-old races staged on a Northern course.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of hospitality availability in the executive areas at Redcar racecourse, there are simply four price options to choose from, each one differing and improving as they become more expensive. The cheapest is the bronze package, which starts at £50 + VAT per person, whilst the silver package is available for £60 + VAT per person. The packages increase by £10 each time, meaning the gold and platinum packages are valued at £70 and £80 + VAT respectively and all offer good value for money for those wanting a little extra glamour on their race day.

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