Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (3 hours from London to Redcar, with a change at Darlington)
Railway station to Racecourse (Less than 1 mile from the station to the course)
Multiple stands and bars. The Grandstand enclosure has several bars on the first two floors and two dining options on the third floor. The afternoon tea is especially good value.
We stayed in Sandsend near Whitby, but with the Railway being an option to travel to the track, Newcastle, Durham, Stockton and Durham are also good options as the basis a stopover.
Two ticket types, course enclosure and Grandstand
(2) Return before challenge complete
19th October 2018– Tracks Visited: UK (53), Ireland (4), France (1), Barbados (1)
It is hard to know where to begin with Redcar as there are so many positives. We drove to the course as Madam Hoof and I were doing a mini tour of the North Yorkshire courses. This meant it was a dry day for me, but this in many ways made it all the more enjoyable. When we arrived, everyone we met were in great spirits, from the man directing us to park to Ernie who helped us to orientate ourselves around the track.
Ernie told us some of the history of the track and introduced us to Graham who was looking after the owners and trainers. And here is the first reason why this track is very cool. Graham told us many reasons why the track and also Redcar and then Yorkshire in general were interesting. It was in fact like talking to a passionate, paramilitary member of the Yorkshire and Redcar tourist board. The most important fact which was imparted was the straight mile at Redcar is the longest Straight mile in the country, which is odd and slightly ironic, but awfully sweet.
The day was amazing, not only for the weather, which again I will mention, we have only had rain at four tracks. No, the day was made even more amazing by the friendliness of every single member of staff at the track and many of the people who came to watch on the day. Nothing appeared to be too much trouble and everyone helped us when we were trying to find our way around and learn about the track itself.
A brief word about the track itself and the facilities. The pre-parade and parade ring are behind the main grandstand, which does create the oft-mentioned tidal flow between the races, but there are so many paths from front to back, that there is never any issue getting to the rail before the race begins. The track is very easy to see for all the straight races and from the stands, restaurant and boxes, the rear of the track (used for the longer races). Also, as talked about earlier, the mile straight seemed to lead to a lot of very close and exciting races. This was helped tremendously by the way the ground was prepared, as the track was in beautiful condition.
Finally, a word about Aaron and the crew in the restaurant. We walked in around half past three and managed to get a table (booked beforehand on busy days) and had afternoon tea. The quality of the tea (sandwiches and cakes) would not have been out of place in a Top London Hotel. The service was excellent and the experience gave us a good break before going back out for the last few races.
Madam Hoof and I would like to thank one and all at the track and would recommend Redcar to any one who truly loves horse racing.
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