The Ultimate Guide to Redcar Racecourse

Redcar Redcar Racecourse is situated near the centre of the seaside resort of Redcar in North Yorkshire, England on the North Sea coast. Horse racing has taken place on the course, in its current location, since 1872 and in 1875 the first grandstand was erected. Between the start of World War I and the end of World War II, Redcar Racecourse was used as an airfield and an army camp and fell into a state of disrepair. However, following the appointment of Major Leslie Petch as manager in 1946, its fortunes revived. Indeed, Redcar Racecourse was the first in the country to have CCTV, a timing clock and furlong markers. A new grandstand, which is still in use today, was erected in 1964 and the racecourse and its facilities have undergone improvement right up to the present day. Today, Redcar Racecourse stages 18 Flat racing fixtures between April and November.

For racegoers, Redcar Racecourse offers a choice of the Grandstand Enclosure and the Course Enclosure. On “regular” racedays, admission prices are £12 for the Grandstand Enclosure and £4 for the Course Enclosure, rising to £15 and £5, respectively, on “feature” racedays. Concessions are available for senior citizens and students and admission is free for accompanied children.

For corporate events, Redcar Racecourse offers a purpose-built conference and events centre, with five main conference suites and up to 20 syndicate suites, suitable for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and seminars. The centre of the course offers 30 acres of flat grassland, which has been used successfully for car exhibitions, dog shows and a variety of other outdoor events in the past. High quality catering is available, if required, along with free on-site parking.

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What's unique about the course at Redcar?

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The round course at Redcar is a narrow, left-handed oval, approximately a mile and three quarters around, with a five-furlong straight. The course is perfectly flat, with no pronounced undulations and, although the banked turns into the back and home straights are sharp, it is generally galloping in character. There is a straight course, on which races up to a mile are run.

Notable Races and Events

Body and SoulFar and away the most prestigious race at Redcar is the Two-Year-Old Trophy, a Listed race run over 6 furlongs in October and worth £125,386 to the winner. In 2012, the race was won by Tim Easterby's Body And Soul, a filly by Captain Rio, who started 4/1 favourite and was ridden clear inside the final furlong to beat her 20 rivals by 2¾ lengths and more.

Other notable races at Redcar include the Guisborough Stakes, another Listed race, run over 7 furlongs on the same card as the Two-Year-Old Trophy and the Zetland Gold Cup, a handicap run over 1 mile 2 furlongs in June. The latter race is named after the Zetland family, who are long-established supporters of Redcar Racecourse and were instrumental in the return to popularity of the seaside track.

Paul Hanagan


Top Owners, Jockeys and Trainers

Paul Hanagan is the leading jockey at Redcar over the last five seasons with 27 winners from 138 rides but, although he has a respectable 20% strike rate, he's still showing a level stakes loss of 22.76 points.

Daniel Tudhope is only in fifth place in the jockeys' table with 18 winners from 99 rides and a strike rate of 18%, but is the only one of the top five to show a level stakes profit, of 21.21 points, over the last five seasons. Richard Fahey is the leading trainer with 31 winners from 171 runners over the last five seasons and R.C. Bond is the leading owner with 8 winners from 46 runners in the same period.

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