Welcome to our official guide to Lingfield Park Racecourse. In this section we explore this flat racing, all-weather and jumps racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the tracks, the major races, hotel picks, it’s packed fixture list, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 Lingfield Racecourse History
- 3 Main Races and Events at Lingfield Park
- 4 Lingfield Racecourse Maps
- 5 Lingfield Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Lingfield Racecourse
- 7 Hotels Near Lingfield Racecourse
- 8 Best Lingfield Betting Sites
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Lingfield Racecourse
- 10 Lingfield Fixtures
- 11 Lingfield Park Weather
- 12 Other Events at The Course
- 13 Lingfield Racecourse Guide Summary
- 14 Other UK and Ireland Racecourses
Lingfield Park Racecourse is set apart from all other courses in the UK – being the only one to host all three race types: flat turf, flat all-weather and National Hunt.
Considered the UK’s premier flat all-weather track, Lingfield Park Racecourse is surfaced with Polytrack; which while popular worldwide, only features on two other British courses – Kempton Park and Chelmsford City.
A mixture of recycled synthetic fibres, recycled PVC and silica sand, Polytrack is then covered entirely in wax to give a fantastic versatile surface well suited to all-weather racing.
The course often referred to simply as ‘Lingwood’ or ‘leafy Lingwood’, is situated in a picturesque 450-acre estate on the border between Surrey, Sussex and Kent – making it easily accessible for many and well connected with public transport. It’s scenic nature and great location make it a popular attraction in the local area; and with an on-site golf course and hotel, alongside the standard hospitality options you’d expect from a tip-top racecourse; Lingfield Park Racecourse really is a world-class facility.
Lingfield’s left-handed all-weather track measures just under a mile and a quarter, and the turns are sharp. The turf track runs outside of it and is almost a mile in length, with the facility for longer races to join four furlongs further out. The National Hunt course is triangular, with a run-in of approximately 200 yards. There are some undulations in the track, but nothing too taxing. Lingfield Park’s track is often compared to Epsom Downs, so it is not uncommon to find horses that do well there also fare successfully here. The course holds a key Derby Trail a few weeks before the main race at Epsom.
Today, Lingfield Park Racecourse hosts almost 100 race days a year; primarily on the all-weather track through the autumn and winter.
Lingfield Racecourse History
Lingfield Park Racecourse was opened in 1890 by the then Prince of Wales (who we know now as Edward VII). Initially, the course was only home to National Hunt racing, but its popularity (in part caused by the Prince of Wales allowing his logo to be used in the course’s marketing and branding!) meant that just four years later, the Jockey Club agreed it could expand its operations to include flat racing also.
It was the first-ever all-weather horse racing course in the UK and continues to host this type of sport today.
Ever since the course has remained operational but for a brief break during World War II when it was requisitioned by the War Office. After the War, it was handed to back to its original family owners, who sold the course in the 1970s to Ladbrokes. Less than ten years later it was sold again to developers who installed a (now very successful) golf course on the site and fixed a lot of the ground’s issues with flooding and poor drainage.
Arena Leisure purchased Lingfield Park Racecourse in the 1990s and developed it heavily: laying Polytrack on the all-weather course, re-laying the turf course, investing in a new grandstand at the cost of some £5.5m, and building a Marriott Hotel on-site.
Lingfield Park Racecourse made history in 2009 when horse Matsunosuke became the highest-rated horse to win on the all-weather surface! Rated at 117 by the Racing Post, he has been described as the ‘best all-weather racing horse of all time’.
Main Races and Events at Lingfield Park
Whilst Lingfield Park Racecourse hosts over 100 race meets a year, there are no doubt two ‘main’ events held at the track. The all-weather Winter Derby is a Grade 3 race run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs, and is the UK’s first group race of the year. No horse has ever won the Winter Derby more than once.
Secondly, the Lingfield Oaks and Derby Trial, run on flat turf both measure in at 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 133 yards. These are trials for the Epsom Oaks and Epsom Derby events, and a great indicator of what’s to come in those races, with several winners going on to win their respective qualifying events later on.
They also hold the AW Championship finale normally around March which is always a fantastically well-attended and brilliant event with the best UK all-weather horses competing.
Lingfield Racecourse Maps
Lingfield’s all-weather – the most used of the three courses – is left-handed and is on inside the turf track. It is only a mile and a quarter round meaning that it is a sharp track. This, along with how the races develop mean that strong-travelling types with a turn of foot often perform well.
The flat turf course is used a lot less often than the a/w track. It is longer and undulating with a steep downhill run into the home bend and home straight. Races of up to 7f are run on the straight flat turf course.
The jumps course is left-handed and undulating as well. The fences are not as stiff as other courses and fallers are low. National hunt bumper races are usually run on the all-weather track nowadays.
Lingfield Racecourse Address
The official address for Lingfield Racecourse is:
Lingfield Park Racecourse
How To Get To Lingfield Racecourse
- Train – the easiest way to get to Lingfield Park Racecourse is undoubtedly by train – because the station is directly adjacent to the venue! Trains run from London Victoria and take just 45 mins direct.
- Car – there is free parking on-site, but traffic gets busy on race days, so arrive early to avoid congestion.
- Air – helicopters can arrive on the course by prior arrangement, but most flying choose to do so into London Gatwick airport, which is just 10 miles away.
Hotels Near Lingfield Racecourse
The on-site Marriott Hotel at Lingfield Park Racecourse includes a bar, restaurant and grill, spa facilities, and rooms that overlook the course – so why go anywhere else? Complimentary WiFi is included for hotel guests and there are even rooms with balconies overlooking the track, so you can watch the racing without leaving the comfort of your own bedroom! For a full range of affordable options check out the brilliant options:
Best Lingfield Betting Sites
At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.
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Betting Shops Local to Lingfield Racecourse
Betting stalls and tote facilities are available throughout all enclosures and hospitality suites at Lingfield Park Racecourse, with some at-table service available for those enjoying extended hospitality. The mobile signal isn’t the best, but free WiFi allows race-goers to access the internet and bet online if desired. Independent bookmakers can be found ‘by the rails’ at the track.
Lingfield is only a small town, so you won’t find any bookies in the centre. Therefore if you have a specific bookmarkers you’d like to take a flutter with, it’s best to wait until you’re at the racecourse, and use the WiFi to do so online.
Due to current restrictions, fixtures are being run behind closed doors, we will update you with more information and fixtures asap.
Lingfield Park Weather
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Lingfield Park:
Other Events at The Course
With a golf course and hotel on-site, it’s no surprise that racing isn’t the only thing happening at Lingfield Park Racecourse! The course hosts family fun days, an Oktoberfest-style beer fest and several music concerts a year: with girl group the Pussycat Dolls, old-timers UB40 and crooner Rick Astley all lined up for 2020!
Lingfield Racecourse Guide Summary
Lingfield is great and very busy racecourse hosting racing all year round across it’s all-weather, flat turf and jumps course. Sandwiched in between a large quantity of racing, there is also some moments of real quality, such as their all-weather finals and key Derby Trial. Whilst it’s probably not towards the top of most peoples bucket list – when compared to some high-profile tracks – Lingfield is actually a beautiful course, with friendly staff and competitive racing all year. It’s definitely worth a visit.
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