Horse Racing In Durham
|| Racing first took
place at Sedgefield [map] in 1732, although the first recorded meetings were not
until 1846. At this time the course was actually part
of the Sands Hall Estate, home of the Ord family
and known as the Melton of the North.
In 1804 Ralph Lambton, an ancestor of the Earls
of Durham, formed a club at the Hardwicke Arms, and Sedgefield
became the headquarters of the Ralph Lambton Hunt.
By the turn of the 20th century Sedgefield
was described as, ‘one of the very finest of
good turf’ and during Edwardian times the course
had a two day fixture in March, making it a much more
Due to World War I racing was abandoned from 1915 until
1920 but the post-war resumption was marred by the death
of Richard Ord, the Squire of Sands Hall, who was owner
of the estate.
By the mid-20s Sedgefield had three meetings a year, including
a lucrative Boxing Day fixture, which still takes
place to this day. Since then the number of fixtures have
gradually increased to the current 22.
In the late 1970s, under the reins of Frank Scotto, the
racecourse was re-vamped, with the introduction of new
bars and eating areas and improved stable facilities for
the horses, stable staff, jockeys, owners and trainers.
With racing becoming a popular sport, Scotto's aim was
to make Sedgefield a friendly, welcoming place, with top
class facilities available to all racegoers.
The course has undoubtedly achieved this status, as it
is now one of the top sporting, entertainment and
conference venues in the North East. Punters can choose
from a variety of race day packages, which include
top class meals and evening discos.
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