Lingfield is extremely popular with racegoers from the bordering counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey the whole year round, as it stages flat racing on the turf and the all-weather and jumps racing on turf. Racing has been taking place at Lingfield for nearly 130 years and it stages two very important races on the flat, the Lingfield Derby Trial and the Lingfield Oaks Trial. The course also stages its prestigious All-weather Finals Day on Good Friday.
Below are some key facts about Lingfield Racecourse.
Established: 1890 (turf) 2001 (All-weather)
Course Type: Flat, all-weather, and jumps
Current Owner: Arena Racing Company
The flat turf course at Lingfield measures around 12 furlongs, with a straight course of around seven furlongs and 140 yards. The course runs downhill into the straight so front-runners often try and poach an advantage by kicking-on at this point and they can be hard to peg back. The course usually suits speedy types, but that changes dramatically when the ground is testing. Meanwhile the stands rail is often the place to be on the straight course, with the exaggerated bias here often meaning that form doesn’t stand up elsewhere.
Lingfield’s all-weather flat track is inside the turf track, meaning its circuit measures around 10 furlongs. Again, it is sharp in nature and tends to suit horses that can show the best turn of foot off the final bend. However, winners win from behind here more than on the turf course.
Jumps races at Lingfield are often run on testing ground and horses can get very tired. However, when the ground rides decent, front runners with pace to burn can slip their fields as the fences are relatively easy to jump compared to some of the major national hunt courses.
The Lingfield Derby Trial may not have produced the winner of The Derby since High Rise in 1998, but this 1 mile 3 furlongs and 133 yards Listed Race is regularly supported by top trainers such as Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien. Other Derby winners to have won the race on route to Epsom include April The Fifth, Teenoso, Slip Anchor, and Kahyasi.
The Lingfield Oaks Trial is run over the same distance as the Lingfield Derby Trial and last produced the winner of The Oaks in Look Here in 2008, though that horse had only finished runner-up at Lingfield. Oaks winners to have taken this race on route to Epsom include Ramruna, Lady Carla, and User Friendly.
Lingfield also stages the Listed Derby Trial and the Group 3 Winter Derby, with the latter won by Grendisar, Convey, and Master The World in recent seasons. It also stages the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes in May, which was won in 2018 by Tomyris.
However, the meeting that Lingfield really prides itself on now is its All-Weather Finals Day, which is held on Good Friday. Races include the Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap, Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes, 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes, Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes, 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes, and the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes.
French horse had a field day in 2018 with wins for Funny Kid, City Light, and Lucky Team, though the Easter Classic stayed at home thanks to a win for Victory Bond.
Horse racing takes place at Lingfield throughout the year, so the general advice is to wear as much or as little as you need to feel comfortable in the prevailing weather conditions. However, the course does ask racegoers to adhere to some rules.
If attending the various enclosures, men are asked to wear a shirt at all times, though a tie is not a necessity. Smart casual is accepted, with tailored shorts, smart jeans, chinos, and trainers all permitted. Ladies do not have a specific dress code, though many ladies dress to impress in dresses, heel, and hats when the weather permits. However, warm clothing is usually a must in the winter months.
Clothing that is not permitted includes football shirts and shorts, ripped denim, fancy dress, and beachwear.
In 1989, Lingfield became the first racecourse in the UK to stage an all-weather meeting.
Lingfield is currently the only course in the UK that stages all three types of horse racing, flat, all-weather flat, and national hunt racing.
Address and Contact Details
Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ
01342 834 800