Gosforth Park near Newcastle, England is the home of Newcastle racecourse owned by Arena Racing Company. The racecourse was opened in 1982 and hosts both National Hunt and flat races. It’s biggest meeting is the famous Northumberland Plate. This is a flat handicap race raced by horse aged three years and above. The horses race a distance of 3 miles and 19 yards in early July or late June.
For over 350 years, horse racing activities have been going on the North East starting at Killingworth in a town named Moor. It is claimed that the town hosted the first Northumberland Plate race. Records show that the race was won by Tomboy in 1833. This famous race was transferred to a place called High Gosforth Park.
At a cost of £60k, the Brandling Estate was acquired from the Brandling family. It was a large track of land measuring 805 acres. A body of spectators interested in promoting sporting activities in the region managed it. The first race called The Plate was held at the Gosforth Park. The coming of David Williamson into Newcastle racecourse to take up the position of a managing director was a turning point as it boosted the racecourse to get a turnover of £6.5 m up from £2.5 m it was making before.
Over the years, ownership of the racecourse has changed to a number of parties. The Arena Racing Company introduced plans to change to an all-weather course and do away with the turf course. The plan was to retain turf only at the jump racing course.
The most notable races held at the Newcastle Racecourse include the Fighting Fifth Hurdle a Grade 1 race that covers 2 miles raced by horses four years and above in November. The Eider Chase is another race done in February involving horses, five and half years old.
It is a Chase Race too that covers 4 miles and 1 furlong. The Northumberland Plate also raced here, is a flat Group 3 race held in June and covers a distance of 6 furlongs raced by horsed aged three years and above. These races have been going on for many years and have contributed greatly to the prestige enjoyed by the racecourse. Two races, Beeswing Stakes and Seaton Delaval Stakes, have however been discontinued.
Newcastle Racecourse has put a lot of effort in providing an opportunity to for all to enjoy other activities apart from those related to horse racing. The surroundings have been manipulated to fit your needs both for indoor and outdoor activities. A number of activities are best suited or the facilities here including but not limited to conferences, seminars, dinners and luncheons, team-building activities, weddings and property auctions. A team of award winning caterers ensure that they prepare the best package that goes with your event best from the beginning to the end.
Whether you are a horse trainer, a jockey, owner or you love watching races; this should be your number one stop. Those who are not interested in any of these activities can enjoy the racecourse while participating in the list of indoor and outdoor events listed above.