Newcastle Racecourse

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Newcastle
Newcastle rc.jpg
View of the stands at Newcastle Racecourse.
Location Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Owned by Northern Racing
Date opened 1882
Screened on At The Races
Course type Left-handed, Flat
National Hunt
Official website

Newcastle Racecourse is a horse racing course located at Gosforth Park near Newcastle upon Tyne, England, owned by Northern Racing. It stages both flat and National Hunt racing, with its biggest meeting being the Northumberland Plate held annually in June.

History[edit]

Horseracing began in the north east over 350 years ago, beginning in Killingworth in the early 17th century. A King's Plate for 5 year olds, run in 3 mile heats was instigated by George II in 1753. [1]The Town Moor hosted the first recorded Northumberland Plate in 1833 and did so until 1881 when the race transferred to High Gosforth Park. 1882 saw the first running of the Plate at Gosforth Park with a new flat and chase course, new stand and stabling for 100 horses.

In April, 2002 the Scottish businessman David Williamson joined Newcastle Racecourse as managing director and during a six-year period he transformed their fortunes and helped boost turnover from £2.5m to £6.5m. The Northumberland Plate weekend now brings in £30m to the regional economy and he also introduced Ladies' Day which now attracts over 15,000 racegoers. In April, 2008 he was headhunted by Newcastle United and appointed Executive Director (Operations).[2] Williamson was replaced by Mark Spincer.

In December 2013 Newcastle's owners, Arena Racing Company, announced plans to change the flat turf course into an all-weather track while retaining a turf jump racing course.[3]

Notable races[edit]

Flat races:

National Hunt races:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whyte, James Christie (1840). History of the British turf, from the earliest period to the present day, Volume I. London: H. Colburn. p. 402. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Toon win for the racetrack wizard". journallive.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Newcastle Racecourse plans all-weather floodlit track". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°1′51″N 1°36′42″W / 55.03083°N 1.61167°W / 55.03083; -1.61167