Redcar Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Redcar Racecourse. In this section we explore this flat racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the tracks, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!

Redcar Races

Overview of Redcar Races

If you’re keen to combine a day at the races with a trip to a sun-kissed beach, Redcar is the answer. Based in North Yorkshire, Redcar is a seaside town located just outside Cleveland. Hosting flat race meets from April through to November, Redcar is a uniquely British institution.

It is not the most prestigious racecourse in Britain based on events. It is not renowned for graded racing meets or generating huge revenues in prize money. It is, however, a unique beauty spot among British racing.

Redcar is a seaside town, so the racecourse overlooks the North Sea Coast.

This leads to a fun, laid-back atmosphere at Redcar, which is owned by Go Racing in Yorkshire. There is no dress code to speak of (though, as you may expect, swimwear is a strict no-no), and families are frequently welcomed to the course.

The track is a narrow oval that bends to the left, covering around 1.75 miles in length. The track is completely flat aside from two particularly sharp curves, so this opens up the field of racers.

Neither gallopers nor nimble horses have a particular advantage, so future superstars can be discovered testing their mettle at Redcar. Typically, however, this flatness can lead to difficulty catching up for slow starters.

History of Redcar Racecourse

Redcar has long been associated with racing and equestrian events. Redcar has been hosting equestrian events since the early 18th Century, when racing took place on the local beaches.

The racecourse as we now it was built in 1872, when Jockey Club rules began to place restrictions on operation – and financing – of these unofficial events. The racecourse was gradually been expanded and improved upon. During World War One, it was used as an airfield, before doubling as an army camp during WW2.

This led to the racecourse falling into a state of neglect and disrepair before it enjoyed a renaissance in both image and interest in the post-war years. Decades of investment and improvements have made the course a desirable location today.

Redcar Racecourse Map

Redcar Racecourse Map
Map courtesy of At The Races.

The course is narrow and left-handed. It is 14 furlongs around. Races up between 5 furlongs and a mile run on the straight course. The course is flat and is known for sharp bends, provides a very fair test. The course drains well and conditions don’t generally get too testing.

Redcar Racecourse Address

The official correspondence address is:

Redcar Racecourse
Thrush Road
TS10 2BY

How to Get To Redcar Races

  • By road – it is easy to reach by road, as it is served by multiple major routes. The A1, A66, A19 and A174 Parkway all lead to Redcar, and will bring you to the outskirts of the seaside town. From here, just follow the signposts. Be aware, though; if you’re using Sat Nav, punch in the postcode TS10 2FD rather than the one found on the racecourse’s postal address.
  • By rail – if you are travelling by public transport, Redcar has multiple train stations. Redcar Central Station is the closest to the racecourse, based less than ten minutes away on foot.
  • By air – if you prefer to fly, Middlesbrough is the closest airport. This is around ten miles from the racecourse, so you’ll need to take a taxi.

Hotels Near Redcar Racecourse

As a seaside town, it has no shortage of cheap-and-cheerful seafront accommodations. Examples of this include the Claxton Hotel, the Park Hotel and the Armada Guesthouse. Distances from the racecourse can vary, though. You may find yourself reliant on transport. In reality, however, this is the case with all hotels approaching this racecourse. For a little more luxury, head to nearby Saltburn and investigate  The Spa Hotel or Brockley Hall. Just remember, wherever you are, the area is very popular with tourists and holidaymakers. If you leave your booking to the last minute, you’ll face challenges finding somewhere suitable.

Also, check out the fantastic range of brilliant hotels available via below:

Best Redcar Races 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.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals:

Main Races and Meetings at The Course

Redcar roperates throughout the Flat racing season, kicking off in April and concluding in early November. As always, a handful of special and themed events unfold during the season. On average, there will be 18 meets across the season.

A typical fixture list will look like this.

  • April – the season opens in April. The season commences with the TS£10er Raceday, which invites anybody with a local TS postcode entry for a mere £10. If Easter falls in April based on the foibles of the calendar, this will also be marked at Redcar with a Family Fun Day.
  • May – May sees four meets . Three of these are traditional racedays with little specialist fanfare, but the second Bank Holiday Weekend of the month hosts the Zetland Gold Cup.
  • June June sees the introduction of evening racing, in addition to Ladies Day.
  • July The Family Fun Day of July is a major annual addition to the calendar. This is usually flanked by one a regular afternoon meet and potentially a Caribbean Carnival Day – though on some years, the latter is pushed back to August.
  • August – August will host one or two events, depending on how many took place in July. Typically, these will be themed. Gins and Gents Evening is an annual tradition on the August Bank Holiday. If Caribbean Carnival Day did not occur in July, it will take place in early August.
  • September – September sees two traditional race meets.
  • October – October is a prestigious month, with the racecourse’s two most notable events unfolding over the course of three meets. Oktoberfest is celebrated, with the themed event usually hosting the and Two-Year-Old Trophy and Guisborough Stakes. Two further afternoon events also unfold during this month.
  • November – Redcar wraps up its season with a final afternoon meet in early November, which is usually tied in with fundraising for the RBL’s poppy appeal.

Always be sure to investigate that a racing event is going ahead before making arrangements and check an official fixture list released by the racecourse directly. All race meets are subject to change due to a wide array of external circumstances.

Redcar Racecourse Fixtures

The current Redcar race meeting dates for 2021 are:

  • Friday 18th June
  • Saturday 19th June – Premier Raceday
  • Sunday 18th July
  • Wednesday 28th July
  • Thursday 5th August
  • Saturday 28th August – Evening
  • Tuesday 14th September
  • Wednesday 22nd September
  • Saturday 2nd October – Two-Year-Old Trophy
  • Friday 15th October
  • Monday 25th October
  • Tuesday 2nd November

Redcar Racecourse Weather Forecast

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 Redcar Racecourse:

Other Events Held at the Course Throughout The Year

The racecourse is can be hired for use as a wedding, corporate or party venue. Beyond this, there are no non-equestrian events that unfold at the racecourse. There is no need, in all honesty – the location is in the heart of the seaside, so there is plenty to see and do.

Redcar Racecourse Guide

Summary of Redcar Races

A fab, fun and family-friendly racecourse, a trip to Redcar is a great day out. A popular seaside resort the crowds are often relaxed, chilled out and enjoying a holiday. The Grandstand Enclosure is a favourite of the teams here, giving a great view and lively atmosphere. The track is left-handed, oval and perfectly flat meaning that races tend to be fair. Whilst racing is not strictly of the highest quality it is always competitive with good field sizes. If you are looking for a fun, welcoming, lively and fair track, a trip to Redcar should definitely be on your list. Great British seaside racing!

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