Lingfield Racetrack Guide
Lingfield is the only UK course to hold Flat racing on both Turf and the All-Weather (Polytrack) as well as National Hunt racing on Turf.
It is kept busy throughout the year, and because of the climate is often called upon to arrange fixtures at short notice when other tracks are unfit for racing.
The racetrack opened in 1890 initially as an NH track but commenced flat racing 4 years later. The original Equitrack surface, opened in 1989, was the first AW surface in the UK. This was replaced by the current Polytrack in 2001 and relaid in 2012.
Highlights: Although still holding meaningful classic trials in May on the turf with similarities between Lingfield and Epsom making Derby and Oaks trials more meaningful than may otherwise be the case, the highlight of the season is now the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday.
Top-class horses from a series of qualifying races through the winter meet in 6 races covering different categories. Qualification is by either running a minimum of 3 times during the season on AW or winning one of the 4 ‘fast track’ qualifying races in a specific category.
The AW Championships have been held here since the 2013-14 season. It is the most valuable day’s racing held on any AW surface in Europe but caused some controversy by designating Good Friday as the date.
Once Sunday racing had been accepted, Good Friday was traditionally the only day away from the Christmas period that did not have any racing.
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* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Lingfield
Lingfield Outright Favorite Statistics
- Flat Handicaps: 68-228 (30%) -33.42
- Flat Non-Handicaps: 58-108 (54%) +12.38
- AW Handicaps: 406-1332 (30%) -125.96
- AW Non-Handicaps: 238-517 (46%) -20.16
- Handicap Chases: 25-69 (36%) +6.60
- Handicap Hurdles: 15-50 (30%) -3.22
- Non-Handicap Chases: 3-7 (43%) -1.30
- Non-Handicap Hurdles: 23-45 (51%) -0.57
Lingfield Racecourse Map
Course: Left-Handed, the flat turf course is level for most of the circuit but has a slight climb that leads into a downhill turn to the home straight.
The 'All-Weather' Polytrack is inside the turf track so is triangular generally in shape and mainly flat apart from a slight downhill run before the final turn into the home straight.
The NH course has a more level feel to it but does have some undulations.
Lingfield Racetrack Address: Racecourse Rd, Lingfield RH7 6PQ
Lingfield Racetrack Telephone: 01342 834800