Lingfield

Lingfield Park is located in Lingfield town of Tandridge district in Surrey County, South East England. It is a dual-race type arena owned by the Arena racing Company, mostly hosting races for three and four-year-old horses in intense competitions .

History

It’s racing story dates back to 1890, when it was officially opened by the Prince of Wales. Unlike most other courses that were flat type first, Lingfield was initially a jump type track until flat racing was introduced in 1894.

There was a flooding problem at the course since the end of World II, up until 1982 when Ladbrokes sold the estate and the new owners erected flood defences.

The course

The course has two racing tracks; the flat and the National Hunt. The tracks are synthetic/polytrack, allowing racing to continue in all weather. This is unlike most other courses in the UK which carpet their tracks with regular turf.

Several upgrades have been done at the course over the past two decades, starting with the replacement of the Equitrack surface with polytrack in 2001. Then came with the £5.5 in 2004. The Marriot Hotel at the course is also considered a part upgrade, as it has served to increase the number of patrons visiting for events .

Races

Most aces at Lingfield are either Group 3 or Listed. The all-weather racing feature makes Lingfield a popular winter racing destination. The Winter Derby in February is in many aspects the course’s main race. It is preceded by the Winter Derby Trials earlier within the same month.

Other flat trial races include the International, Linfield Oaks and Lingfield Derby. The Spring Cup, Quebec Stakes, Churchill Stakes, Golden Rose Stakes and The River Eden Fillies Stakes are also popular races at the Lingfield site.

Lingfield Park was featured in the movie Rainbow Jacket, a film centred on a corrupt racing jockey, which premiered in London in 1954.

 

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