A Guide to Newcastle Race Course

A Guide To Newcastle Race Course

Also known as Gosforth Park, Newcastle racecourse opened to the public in 1882 . Today it offers both Flat and National Hunt racing and has both a turf course and an all weather track.

The highlight of the Flat season at Newcastle is the June meeting for the Northumberland Plate. The meeting is a three day event and hosts not only the Northumberland Plate, but also the Gosforth Park Cup and the ChipChase Stakes.

Newcastle also stages the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on grass. This race is on of three that make up the Triple Crown of two mile races in the UK. The race is run in November and is a grade 1 listed race open to all horses aged 4 years old or more.

The All Weather track is a left handed affair made of Tapeta. Tapeta is made up of sand, rubber and wax and makes up a racing surface that is about 4-7 inches deep. Newcastles All Weather track differs to most as not only is it a broadly circular track (unlike the more familiar oval), but that is also has a floodlit straight mile. The All weather track is 1 mile and 6 furlongs long with an uphill incline over the last 4 furlongs to the finish.

The turf track is also left handed and is the same length as the All Weather track with the same steep uphill finish. The grass racecourse at Newcastle has 10 fences for its Chase events, of which two are open ditches and 7 fences for its Hurdles cards.

Bullet Points

  • All courses are left handed
  • All courses are 1 mile and 6 furlongs long
  • All Weather course has a straight mile track
  • 10 fences on the Chase course including two open ditches
  • 7 Fences on the Hurdles track

Map of Newcastle All Weather Course

Map of Newcastle Racecourse for daily racing tips

Map of Newcastle Turf Course

Statistics – Last Three Years

Top Trainers – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

S Smith                                  30                   6                      13

N Alexander                         26                   5                      9

J Ewart                                  17                   5                      8

N Richards                            20                   4                      8

I Jardine                                8                      4                      2                                                                                 


Top Trainers – Hurdle

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

P Kirby                                   31                   6                      9

M Hammond                       22                   6                      8

S Smith                                  20                   5                      12

L Russell                                32                   5                      10

N Henderson                       6                      5                      1                                                                                 


Top Trainers – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Ellison                                 18                   7                      7

R Menzies                             17                   2                      8

K Dalgleish                            12                   2                      7

N Richards                            10                   2                      6

T Lacey                                  4                      2                      2                                             


Top Trainers – Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

R Fahey                                 398                 50                   135

J Goldie                                 308                 38                   104

J Godsen                               100                 37                   39

B Haslam                               223                 33                   73

M Johnston                          266                 26                   102


Top Jockeys – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Hughes                              35                   8                      18

D Cook                                  32                   6                      16

S Quinlan                              28                   4                      13

H Brooke                              21                   3                      8

J Hamilton                            27                   3                      7                                                         


Top Jockeys – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Hughes                              47                   11                   19

D Cook                                  30                   5                      14

C Nichol                                 23                   5                      11

T Dowson                             26                   5                      6

R Chapman                          35                   4                      13                              


Top Jockeys – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

H Brooke                              16                   7                      2

B Hughes                              30                   5                      14

D Cook                                  14                   5                      6

N Moscrop                           12                   3                      4

G Lee                                      5                      2                      1                     


Top Jockeys – Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Curtis                                  332                 68                   106

P McDonald                         386                 47                   154                            

J Fanning                              314                 43                   109

A Mullen                               402                 39                   113

D Tudhope                           209                 38                   87                                          


Course Address

Newcastle Racecourse

High Gosforth Park

Newcastle Upon Tyne


A Guide to Newcastle Race Course

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