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Where is Sedgefield Racecourse?
Sedgefield Racecourse is in County Durham 2km south of the town of Sedgefield.
It is situated just off the A689 2km east of J60 of the A1(M).Darlington and Durham are the nearest mainline rail stations, both around 20km and 20 minutes by taxi away.
What is Sedgefield Racecourse Famous For?
The first Sedgefield Races were reportedly held in 1732 but the current racecourse on the Sands Hall Estate was not established until 1846.
Sedgefield now hosts a total of 20 jumps meetings throughout the year, except for June and July, with the vast majority in midweek.
Sedgefield Racecourse Track Specifics
Sedgefield is a tight left-handed undulating wedge-shaped track with sharp turns. The circuit covers a mile and a quarter (2000m) and the chase course features some of the easiest fences in the country.
The finish is uphill with a short run-in from the last hurdle, but stamina rarely comes into play apart from on testing winter ground. Sedgefield has more than its fair share of course specialists with Brian Ellison's Fatehalkhair winning no fewer than 13 times between 1997 and 2002.
Biggest Meetings at Sedgefield Racecourse
October's Durham National over three and three-quarter miles (6000m) is Sedgefield's highlight with past victors Red Alligator (1967) and Rubstic (1978-80) winning the Grand National at Aintree in 1968 and 1979 respectively.
Racing has been held at Sedgefield on Boxing Day since the 1920s and it remains one of the track's most popular meeting. Ladies Day, staged on the last Thursday evening in August, is another well- attended fixture.
Visit the official Sedgefield Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!