Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield Racecourse is a horse racing course located in Lingfield in Surrey in the United Kingdom. The horse racing course is owned by the ARC Racing and Leisure Group, formerly known as Arena Leisure Plc. Lingfield Racecourse is known as a winter all-weather flat racing course. The racecourse has a polytrack instead of the usual turf found in the UK. Lingfield Racecourse is among the five all-weather courses found in the UK. The other four are found in Southwell, Kempton, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City (formally known as Great Leighs Racecourse). Lingfield Racecourse hosts both flat racing and National Hunt races on turf during summer.

Lingfield Racecourse is served by the Lingfield Railway Station for train transport from London to East Grinsted via Oxted.

Lingfield Racecourse is found on a 450-acre (1.8 square Kilometres) estate. The Lingfield Racecourse was opened in the year 1890 by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) who agreed to let Lingfield include feathers of the Prince of Wales into its official heading. Initially, Lingfield Racecourse used to hold jumps racing only.

The Jockey Club later granted the course permission to hold flat racing in 1894. Since Linfield Racecourse was made, horseracing has been held except during the World War II when the War office requested the course to be used for war purposes. The course was sold out by Ladbrokes in 1982. The new owners installed flood defence to counter flooding which had by then become a major problem in the years following the war.

A golf course was developed in the estate and opened in was opened in June 1987. Later, Arena Leisure bought the course in 1991 and decided to replace Equitrack all-weather surface with Polytrack in 2001, the course was later reopened in November the same year. Some other developments done on the course include re-laying the back straight on the turf course in the year 2002/2003. A grand stand worth 5.5 million Euros was also constructed in 2004.

In 2009, Lingfield Racecourse broke record with Matsunosuke becoming the highest rated horse to win on the all-weather surface. Matsunosuke was rated by 112 or 117 by Racing Post rating. The horse was branded the all-time greatest horse in UK.

Lingfield Racecourse also serves as a venue to the people willing to hold events in the course such as private dinners or wedding parties. The space there can accommodate up to a maximum of 450 guests. The course is endowed with excellent dining and menu options, has a sufficient outdoor space and is well served by transport links.