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Redcar Races

Last Updated: November 5, 2018

Horse Racing has been taking place at Redcar Racecourse for over 140-years and the course now traditionally hosts around 18 meetings per season. The course stages racing on both its round course and its straight course, both of which are deemed as very fair courses for both horse and rider.

The course is very friendly, promoting a relaxed atmosphere in which punters are free to roam around the whole course on fun days like Caribbean Carnival Day, Gin & Gents’ Evening, and Ladies’ Day. Meanwhile, the main racing highlights include the Zetland Gold Cup, Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy, and the Guisborough Stakes.

Redcar Racecourse also hosts a variety of events, such as conferences, team-building days, dinners, seminars, and wedding receptions.

Key Facts

Established: 1872

Course Type: Flat

Current Owner: Not Stated

Layout

Redcar Racecourse runs races at up to a mile on its straight course, with the final five-furlongs of the straight course making up a seriously long-run for races run on the round course. The circuit of the round course measures around 13 furlongs, with races run up to two-miles. The course is fairly flat with sharp bends, though jockeys will tell you that there are also a few small ridges to watch out for. However, the biggest decision a jockey has to make is when to make their race-winning move. As with most courses, front-runners that are left to dictate their own pace can be hard to pass in a finish. However, when horses take each other upfront too soon, the winner often comes from off the pace.

Notable Races

Redcar stages three significant races each season, which are the Zetland Gold Cup, the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy, and the Guisborough Stakes.

The Zetland Gold Cup is run over 10 furlongs and is open to horses aged three and older. It is often targeted by trainers such as Luca Cumani and Mark Johnston. Cumani has won it with the likes of Forte Dei Marmi and Danadana, whilst Johnston has been successful with Fire Fighting and Revolutionist.

The Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy is a Listed Race that carries a significant prize fund, which means it is often targeted by trainers with two-year-olds that are just below top-class. Winners that have gone on to win at a much higher-level include Pipalong, Somnus, Captain Rio, and Limato.

The Listed Guisborough Stakes usually takes places on the same day as the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy and it is run over seven-furlongs. Recent renewals have been won by Top Notch Tonto, Tabarrak, and Jallota.

Dress Code

Redcar Racecourse is very punter friendly, and operates a no-barrier dress code which means punters can wear what they want in any part of the racecourse. The Grandstand Enclosure is the perfect place to watch the racing from, whilst you can also frequent a number of restaurants and bars. These include the Voltigeur Restaurant and Crow’s Nest Restaurant, as well as the Zetland, Malton, and Middleham Bars.

Please note, whilst picnics are permitted at Redcar, they can’t be eaten in the Grandstand Enclosure. The ideal place for a picnic is the Family Enclosure.

Interesting Facts

Prior to the opening of Redcar Racecourse, horse racing took place at the sand at Coatham.

Redcar Racecourse is widely-considered the flattest straight one-mile track in the United Kingdom.

Contact Details

The Racecourse, Redcar, TS10 2BY
01642 484068



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