About Newcastle Racecourse
Newcastle Racecourse is a racecourse located in Goforth Park, around 6 miles north of Newcastle. It’s one of the bigger venues in the UK and has a history dating back to 1882. Nowadays, Newcastle Racecourse’s owners are by Arena Racing Company. They own 16 racecourses in Britain and account for 39% of all British racing Fixtures.
Newcastle Racecourse has both a Flat and Jump racing track at its venue. The course is left-handed and oval-shaped with a mile-long sprint attached. We’d rate this as one of the more challenging courses out there. The fences here are slightly higher than average, and the course has many similarities with Newbury Racecourse. Flat racing is done here on their all-weather course while the Jump racing takes place on turf.
Newcastle host notable races in all three of Flat, Chase, and Hurdle events. In November you’ll find their Grade 1 National Hunt race, open to horses aged four and older. It runs over a distance of around 2 miles and has a prize pool of £80k.
The biggest race of the year, however, takes place during their late June meeting. This is the Northumberland Plate, an event first established in 1833! So this is a race that’s been around since before even the racecourse! The Northumberland Plate is a Flat Handicap open to horses aged three or older. It has a distance of around 2 miles, which runs on an all-weather surface. The prize pool for this race stands at £150k, while the winner receives around £92k!
The Northumberland Plate is more than just a race to Newcastle Racecourse. The weekend this race is on brings an estimated £30m into the economy! So this isn’t just one of the biggest events at Newcastle Racecourse every year; it’s one of the biggest events in Newcastle too!