- Built: 1890
- Track: Polytrack
- Track Length: 1m 2f
- Features: Sharp, With Some Downhill
Lingfield Park launched the newly resurfaced Polytrack in October 2012, showing their commitment to the future growth of All-Weather Racing in the UK. This latest investment, complemented by the recent regeneration of this famous racecourse (construction of a £5.5 million grandstand and 4* Marriott Hotel in 2004) puts Lingfield Park firmly on the map as a major state-of-the-art racing, conference and leisure destination with facilities to match or better any in the country.
Best known as a winter All-Weather flat racing course, Lingfield Park also stages flat racing on turf in the summer and National Hunt on turf.
Located in a 450-acre (1.8 km) estate and opened in 1890 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), who also agreed to let Lingfield Park incorporate the Prince of Wales feathers into its official heading, the course initially held Jumps Racing only. In 1894 The Jockey Club granted permission for Flat Racing to be held and it has continued ever since.
In 1982 the new owners installed flood defences on the estate to alleviate flooding. A golf course was developed and this opened in June 1987. Arena Leisure Plc purchased the course in 1991 and in 2001 made the decision to replace the Equitrack All-Weather surface with Polytrack, opening later that same year.
The All-Weather track runs around the inside of the turf. It is a left-handed loop and follows much the same line as the turf course in the home straight and the back straight, but turns sharply for home at the end of the back straight and is 1m 2f in length. The track gently rises to a slight hill at the start of the back straight before running downhill around the bottom corner and into the home straight where it levels off. The result is that the 1m, 7f, 6f and 5f starts are all downhill which contributes to Lingfield being the sharpest of the All-Weather tracks.
CONTACT THE COURSE
Clerk of the Course:
Tel: 01342 831718 – Mob: 07977 587713
Tel: 01342 834800
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