About Sedgefield Racecourse
Sedgefield Racecourse is a racecourse located a few miles south of Sedgefield, County Durham. It’s about 15 miles south of Durham, and 15 miles north of Middlesbrough. So it gets a lot of traffic from the two areas. Racing in the area dates back to the early 1700s; however, it wasn’t until 1804 it arrived at this venue. Even so, this still makes it one of the oldest in the country. Sedgefield Racecourse is one of a dozen or so racecourses owned by Arena Racing Company. So despite being one of the smaller venues, it’s still complete with state of the art facilities!
Sedgefield Racecourse only offers Jump racing at its venue. The track is around 3 miles in length and has a 3-furlong sprint finish. Some of its key features include the low fences, undulating track, and few sharp corners. Overall, Sedgefield Racecourse is a challenging course that gets a lot of love from jockeys.
Sedgefield Racecourse doesn’t have too many notable races to speak of, but it has some. The biggest race every year takes place in October and is called the Durham National Handicap Chase. This is a steeplechase which runs over a distance of three and three-quarter miles. So one of the longest races every year too! The prize pool for this race is £30k, the largest sum of any race at Sedgefield Racecourse.
Over recent years local businessmen and racehorse owner John Wade has sponsored a series of selling hurdle races. However, in 2010 they were upgraded to a series of novices’ hurdles. The final of this series runs on the same day as the Durham National!
Overall, we’re huge fans of Sedgefield Racecourse. Their facilities are great, the track is a fun one, plus there are a few notable races worth travelling for!