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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Fundamental Facts about Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield Park Racecourse, also commonly referred to as Lingfield, is a racing venue that is located in Surrey, United Kingdom. 

Over the years, the racing facility has established itself as one of the most notable racing facilities not only in Britain but also in the whole world. It is jointly owned by Leisure Group and ARC Racing Company, formerly Arena Leisure Plc. It is one of the most influential facilities of its type attracting thousands of fans, racegoers, and horse racing enthusiasts from all over the globe.

It's Polytrack all-weather surface hosts Flat winter racing in the United Kingdom. It is one of the first all-weather courses to be built in Europe. 

It ranks alongside other top-notch facilities such as Wolverhampton, Kempton, Southwell, Newcastle and Chelmsford City. 

Opened in 1890 by the Prince of Wales, he allowed the racecourse to incorporate the Welsh symbolic feathers in its official logo. As such, the racing site has benefitted from this dignified ranking and expanded its fame and influence beyond Surrey to become a globally recognised racecourse. Although the site initially hosted only jump races, it later got the nod to hold flat racing events as well. With permission to run both flat and jump races, Lingfield currently attracts racegoers from as far as London and Manchester.

Originally Lingfield was just a popular National Hunt racecourse until 1894 when Flat racing was given permission by the Jockey Club. The yearly events have helped market the well-liked horse riding venue to millions of horse racing enthusiasts from Britain and beyond. Able to accommodate thousands of racegoers, Lingfield has been in the news for decades due to its state-of-the-art design and also for hosting regular race fixtures in the United Kingdom. It is one of the very few racecourses in Europe that attract worldwide publicity and media attention.

Moreover, the racecourse is one of the oldest sporting venues in the United Kingdom. 

A golf course was established on the grounds and launched in 1987. Although Arena Leisure later purchased the racecourse, the ownership and transition did not diminish the facility’s worldwide fame.

In recent years, Lingfield has re-laid the back straight of the major turf course. This project took place between 2002 - 2003. It cost several million pounds. In 2004, a new grandstand was unveiled at a cost of £5.5 million. 

Again, the racecourse won global fame when Matsunosuke, a top-rated horse, established historical records at Lingfield. The famous horse triumphed in the all-weather competitions. He had an official rating of 112. 

The victory entered history as the greatest all-weather record of all time.

The racecourse was featured in the 1954 film The Rainbow Jacket.*

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Contact details: Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ 

Tel: 01342 834 800