Kent no longer has a racecourse to call its own.
The closure of Folkestone Racecourse in 2012 was a major blow to horseracing fans across the county, with only the point-to-point racing at Aldington up for grabs every Easter Monday. However, Lingfield Park in neighbouring Surrey is just a stone’s throw from the likes of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks, making it a hugely convenient venue for Kentish residents seeking their racing fix.
A Busy Venue
Lingfield Park is said to be one of the busiest racecourses in all of Europe. It stages 80-plus fixtures throughout the racing season, with the ability to host flat, all-weather and jump races. Being such a versatile racecourse, it’s no surprise that Lingfield features heavily in weekly horse racing tips, which are often defined by the going of the circuit on the day.
Given that Lingfield boasts one of the most-packed schedules throughout the season, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of race meetings on the horizon this autumn. Below, we’ve previewed some of the biggest fixtures to add to your sporting calendar before the year is out.
Fleur De Lys Stakes (27th October)
Just a matter of days before Halloween, Lingfield Park plays host to the Fleur De Lys Stakes, which is one of the most popular fixtures on this racecourse’s all-weather track. It attracts some of the leading thoroughbreds, due to what’s at stake for the winner of the headline race. Winners can secure an automatic spot in Newcastle’s Finals Day meeting on Good Friday next year.
Advance purchase tickets to the Fleur De Lys Stakes meeting start from just £14, which gives spectators access to premium views of the course, as well as the best bar areas. Trackside restaurant tickets are also available, with private window tables available for a minimum of four people, at £100 per head.
Wizards and Witches Fireworks Night (5th November)
We’ve already touched upon Halloween and no sooner are these festivities over and done with before Fireworks Night rolls into town.
Lingfield Park is the place to be for families across western Kent with a Wizards and Witches-themed extravaganza held here on Saturday 5th November.
There’s no horse racing during this event, but it’s an event that’s guaranteed to offer fun for all the family. Gates open at 5 pm and the bonfire is lit from 6.45 pm, before the impressive fireworks display at 7.30 pm. There’s a fun fair and plenty of street food-style outlets. Advance purchase family tickets start from £20, covering two adults and two children.
Churchill Stakes (12th November)
A week after the excitement and colour of the Fireworks Night extravaganza, Lingfield Park returns to normality with some high-class all-weather racing.
Saturday 12th November sees two key Listed races come to town, with the Betway Churchill Stakes and the Golden Rose Stakes proving the main spectacles here. Last year, Pyledriver took home the Churchill Stakes in fine style, while Good Effort inched his way to the Golden Rose Stakes in dramatic fashion.
Advance purchase tickets for this day start from just £14, like the Fleur De Lys Stakes meeting. Private window tables in the trackside restaurant have already sold out, but private hospitality is still available at £140 per head for groups of 12 or more.
Saturday Afternoon Racing (19th November)
Saturday afternoon racing doesn’t get more autumnal than a 19th November meeting just one month from the festive season. The action at this time of the year is fast and furious, with plenty of twists and turns to be expected throughout the racecard.
Once again, advance purchase tickets for general admission and trackside restaurant tables are already available, while hospitality packages are also open to groups of 12 or greater.
As one of only six all-weather racecourses in the UK, Lingfield almost guarantees flat racing throughout the colder months, giving its turf track more time to recover until the summer flat racing season.