Newcastle

Left Hand Flat & National Hunt Course

Newcastle

This left hand course offers no advantage in the draw if the going is good low numbers are best on the straight course if the ground becomes soft, and progressively more so if the going becomes heavy.

 

With a long and distinguished history dating back to the 17th century racing at Newcastle is a celebrated affair. One of the most famous horses to run this course was Beeswing who had not only a race named in her honour but several pubs and a song or two.

 

A pear shaped track with a 7 furlong straight which joins the course 4 furlongs from the finish. a steady rise from the final turn to the winning post, the bends are banked and can be taken at speed this takes out the chance for a horse to catch it's breath so no horse lacking in stamina will win on the flat or jumps.


Major Races

The main race at Newcastle has to be the Pitman's Derby it's real name being the Northumberland Plate which has been run for handicappers since 1833.

 

Other races of note are Gosforth Park Cup 5f handicap August sees the famous Blaydon race nursery handicap.

National hunt racing sees in November the Fighting fifth Hurdle 2m January the Dipper Novices chase 2m February sees the Tote Eider National Handicap run over 4m 1f worth over £62,000 to the winner and a recognised Grand National Trial race.