Sedgefield Racecourse Guide

Guide to Sedgefield​ Racecourse

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About Sedgefield Racecourse

National Hunt

Local Hunt Origins

Racing has been taking place at Sedgefield Racecourse from around 1732, with the first recorded meetings in 1846. The original course was laid out in the Sands Hall Estate, for the local hunt to host an annual two-day meeting.

Never Heavy Going

The dense turf of the course absorbed rainwater so well, it was never known to get heavy; the course was so highly esteemed it was known as the ‘Melton of the North’ in the same way York today is described as the ‘Ascot of the North’. After Richard Ord, owner of the Sands Hall Estate died in 1920, a new racecourse company was founded in 1927 and racedays were gradually increased to the current level.

Arena Racing Company

Facilities have been improved and replaced over the years and Sedgefield Racecourse is now owned by Arena Racing Company.

Important Races/Festivals

  • March – Hurdle Series Final
  • October/November – Durham National


  • Road: The course is five minutes from Junction 60 off the A1 (M).
  • Rail: The nearest stations are Darlington and Durham, both about 20 minutes away by taxi.
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  • Telephone: 01740 621925

The Sedgefield Racecourse Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Sedgefield Races? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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