Moving a major racing event to Newcastle is ‘great news for the city’


The news that a major race day event is moving to Newcastle has been greeted as a huge boost for the city.

It has been announced that All-Weather Championships Finals Day will be held at Gosforth Park next Easter, bringing not only the TV spotlight but also – says a councilor – thousands more fans and bigger benefits.

The £1m Good Friday fixture, due to leave its former home at Lingfield Park in Surrey, has been popular with racing fans since it first appeared in 2014.

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Then the news came of a change for the ninth season of the All-Weather Championships on Monday.

Responding to the announcement, Councilor Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Development, Neighborhoods and Transport, said: “This is great news for the city.

“Having the All-Weather Finals day in Newcastle will attract thousands more racing fans which is good for the local economy and good for job opportunities.”

He added: “Attracting television coverage will also raise the city’s profile in the horse racing world as its sporting credentials continue to grow.”

Newcastle Racecourse, which hosts an evening of fireworks and funfair on November 5, introduced all-weather racing in 2016, with a Tapeta track surface.

On moving day, Lingfield will host an all-weather vase instead.

Arena Racing Company, which owns both Newcastle and Lingfield, has also announced a £4million increase in prize money for the 2022 season; compared to 2019, up to a total of £21.7m.

Mark Spincer, Managing Director of ARC’s Racing Division, said: “The day of the All-Weather Championship Finals has, over the years, become a mainstay of Britain’s Easter programme.

“As we have seen before the disruption of the past two years, people want to come and race on Good Friday and we believe Newcastle offer a real opportunity to develop the day even further.

“Added to this is the popularity of the track and running surface, as has been proven since the Tapeta was installed in 2016.

“The six all-weather championship finals alongside the listed Coral Burradon Stakes will be a top-notch fixture worthy of the fantastic racing facilities that have been developed at Gosforth Park.”

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