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Flat / National Hunt
Racing since the 17th Century
Horseracing is recorded in the North East for the past 350 years, records starting at Killingworth in the early 17th century.
The Northumberland Plate
The Town Moor hosted the first recorded Northumberland Plate in 1833 and did so until 1881 when the race was transferred to the current track at High Gosforth Park.
In 2016 the turf track was changed to an all-weather surface for Flat racing, though the turf Jumps course remains.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Melbourne Cup
The Northumberland Plate continues to be run (now on the all-weather) and is one of the most valuable two-mile handicaps in the world. Also known as the Pitmens’ Derby it is sometimes described as the Northern Hemisphere’s Melbourne Cup.
- Road: Follow signs bearing from the A1, A19 and main approach roads to the city.
- Rail: The nearest stations are Regent Centre Metro Station and Newcastle Central Station.
- Website: www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk
- Telephone: 0191 236 2020.
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