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At The Races

Hexham Racecourse takes full advantage of a natural amphitheatre of sloping grass below the stands to provide superb viewing of horse racing as well as the magnificent surrounding countryside.

Henderson Room

Overlooking the parade ring, the Henderson Room offers great dining with a panoramic view of the course and the winner's enclosure.

Pavilion Restaurant

Grande Buffet with traditional carvery, hot and cold cuisine, salad bar and desserts to tantalise your taste buds, with a superb view of the course.

Wedding Ceremonies

Hexham Racecourse has a licence to hold marriage ceremonies and set in beautiful country surroundings it's the perfect venue for the ceremony and reception.

The Racegoers Club Award - Hexham Racecourse voted Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and the North 2015 Racehorses running up the hill to the finishing post A photo of a table in the Henderson Room A photo of a horses in the paddock at Hexham Racecourse
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Full Race Reports for Previous Meetings
Weatherby's Day - 4th November 2016 - Read a full report
intu Metrocentre & Eldon Square Day - 8th Oct 2016
Twilight Meeting - 16th September 2016
2016 Ladies Day Prize Winners
Watch Brendan Foster Video
Hexham Racecourse Wins Racegoers Award
British Racing's Authorised Betting Partners new initiative
Full Race Reports for Previous Meetings - click here
Racecourse Receives Education Award
Back A Winner By Train
BETFAIR/NASS Project awards £25,000 to the racecourse
Racecourse Wins Award


Meeting - Friday 4th November 2016 - Weatherby's Day

A full account of the day's racing is available on our Meeting Reports page.


Meeting - Sat 8th October - intu Metrocentre & Eldon Square Day

1st race 1.50pm

Intu LogoShopping centres intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square celebrated their twenty-first year of sponsorship at our 8th October meeting when another great day's racing was watched by the racegoers.

Read a full account of the day's racing on our Meeting Reports page.


Meeting - Friday 30th Sept - YoungsRPS Day

A roundup of the day's racing is available on our meeting reports page.


Twilight Meeting - Friday 16th September 2016

Our first meeting of the autumn provided an exciting evening of National Hunt racing with 6 excellent races. A full round-up of the twilight fixture can be found on our meeting reports page.

Hexham Racecourse Twilight Meeting Photo


MEETING - Sunday 19th June - Ladies Day

Ramside Spa LogoFor the first time Ramside Hall Spa sponsored Ladies Day and generously provided prizes for Best Dressed Lady, Couple, Dad, Little Miss and Best Hat.

2016 Ladies Day prize winners - select image to see full size images

See all the prize winners and the fabulous prizes they won on our 2016 Ladies Day page.

A FULL REPORT on the day's racing, with photos of the winning horses is available on our meetings report page.

Next Meeting

There is a three month break before the next meeting which is a twilight fixture on Friday 16th September with the first race starting at 4.30pm and gates opening two hours before.


Totepool Day - Sat 4th June 2016

Racing returned to High Yarridge on Saturday 4th June for the first of the three June meetings.

The feature race of the Totepool Sponsored was the class 3 handicap hurdle with a prize fund of £10,500. A full report will be available in the near future.


Meeting - Tues 24th May 2016

Racing returned to High Yarridge on 24th May for The Whitsuntide Meeting when the feature races included the Doctor Howard Scott Mares' Handicap Hurdle and The Hexham Caravan Site Novices' Handicap Steeple Chase.

A full report on the day's racing is available on our meetings report page.


Meeting - Great Run Company Day - Saturday 7th May 2016

Great Run Company LogoThe seven race card was wholly sponsored by The Great Run Company (formerly Nova International) who enjoyed 20 years of sponsorship this year.

Feature races included: The Great North Swim Handicap Hurdle over 2 mile 7 furlongs and the 3 mile The Great Run Company Handicap Steeple Chase.

Details of the meeting with photos of the winners can be found on our meetings report page.

Watch Our Brendan Foster Video

View an interview Clip with broadcaster, commentator Brendan Foster, founder of The Great Run Company (previously known as Nova International) explaining why the racecourse offers excellent sponsorship benefits here.


Heart of All England Meeting - Saturday 30th April 2016

The feature race of the evening was the Prestigious “Eve Aitchison Heart of All England Maiden Hunters Steeple Chase” and was won by the 9/5 favourite Ardea ahead of Damiens Dilemma at 9/2 and The Highlander at 15/8.

A full meeting report on the evening's racing is available on our meeting reports page.

 

 


Hexham Racecourse - Wins 'Small Racecourse of the Year' Award

The Racegoers ClubMembers of the Racegoers Club, the official club for racing enthusiasts in Britain, have voted Hexham "Small Racecourse Of The Year" for 2015 in Scotland and The North. Hexham last won the accolade in 2010.

The Racegoers Club was established in 1968 and is British Horse Racing’s Official Supporters Club with more than 5,000 members.

Last year Northumberland's only surviving racecourse celebrated 125 years of National Hunt racing on Yarridge Heights above the historic market town.

Cheltenham took the Racegoers Club 2015 Racecourse of the Year award for the 12th year running. Ayr, York, Doncaster, Newmarket and Ascot take regional honours and in the other Small Racecourse of the Year awards went to Ripon, Uttoxeter, Market Rasen, Wincanton and Fontwell Park.


Meeting - Monday 18th April 2016.

A full report on the day's racing with photos of the winners can be found on the meetings reports page.


Meeting - Tuesday 29th March 2016

A full report on the day's racing with photos of the winners can be found on the meetings reports page.


Cheltenham Festival Day at Hexham Racecourse - 17th March 2016

Clear blue sky and bright sunshine shone on the large crowd in attendance at the first meeting of 2016 last Thursday.

For more details read our race meeting report.

 

 


Hexham Racecourse supports British Racing's Authorised Betting Partners Initiative

BHA LogoHexham Racecourse has added its support to British Racing’s Authorised Betting Partners initiative, which has been introduced on 1 January 2016. The aim of the initiative is to address the need to create a sustainable method of transferring funds and value between the racing and betting industries.

Hexham, Northumberland's only surviving racecourse, has joined Arena Racing Company (ARC), Jockey Club Racecourses, Scottish Racing and several other independent racecourses in supporting the new initiative which will reward betting operators who pay an agreed contribution to the Horseracing Betting Levy (the Levy) for their digital businesses or who have a commercial funding deal in place which sees them pay an agreed equivalent sum to British Racing.

Charles Enderby, Hexham Racecourse Consultant, explained the rationale behind the decision to support the initiative.

"Horseracing is the second largest spectator sport in the country. It is vital that British Racing and betting operators work together to ensure the sport receives the funding it needs to continue to provide excellent entertainment and value to a wide spectrum of the general public and maintain its position as a major employer.

This is an important step forward. We recognise the long term value of British Racing to betting operators and as such, we are pleased to support the Authorised Betting Partners initiative.

We are looking forward to working with other parties in the sport to help establish a long term viable relationship with betting operators."

Currently, British Racing is losing out on an estimated sum of at least £30 million a year in Levy or equivalent payments. Over the last decade the Levy will have dropped from over £105 million in 2004-05 to a forecasted £53 million by 2017-18 if no action is taken, despite the sport remaining a highly desirable and seven-days-a-week betting product. This is because the majority of betting operators generating profits from taking bets and British Racing do not pay Levy on their digital businesses, which are based offshore and thus not covered by the Levy legislation. The Levy will continue to haemorrhage unless urgent measures are put in place.

Betting operators who have a fair and mutually sustainable funding relationship with the sport will receive the official designation, ‘Authorised Betting Partner’ and will be able to fully utilise British Racing to promote and grow their own businesses. A full package of benefits setting out how Authorised Betting Partners will be able to utilise their relationship with British Racing is now being finalised in consultation with betting operators.       

Meeting - 18th November - Abandoned

The Hexham Racecourse meeting was unfortunately abandoned due to the course being waterlogged. Further rain and high winds were also forecast for later in the day.


EXTRA Meeting - 13th November 2015 - 1st Race 12.40pm


A full report on the afternoon's racing can be found here.

Friday November 13th. proved to be a "lucky" date for regular racegoers at Hexham as the Racecourse Executive agreed to stage an extra race meeting.

Lake View Lad The opportunity arose after discussions between Newcastle Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority resulted in Hexham agreeing to hold a replacement fixture in place of the scheduled meeting at High Gosforth Park.

The decision was to allow work to progress on the construction of the new all weather track in order that Newcastle will be ready to host the Grade 1 £105,000 StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the £60,000 At The Races Rehearsal Chase on Saturday 28 November.

 


Meeting - 6th November 2015 - Weatherby’s Day - 1st Race 1.20pm

The Executive at Hexham Racecourse supported one of the North East's leading charities by donating a feature race on Friday (Nov. 6th.) to celebrate the 50th. Anniversary of the Tyneside Samaritans.

Two of Hexham's regular sponsors, Rowlands Chartered Accountants, whose Head Office is in Birtley, Co, Durham and Weatherbys Bloodstock made a welcome return.

Full details of this meeting can be found on our meetings report page.


Last Meeting - 10th October 2015
intu Metrocentre and Eldon Square Day

Racing returned to Yarridge Heights on October 10th when the Course staged one of the feature meetings of the year.

Intu Logointu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square returned for the twentieth consecutive year to sponsor all seven races on the card.

 

NB A full report of the day's meeting is available here.


Hexham Racecourse Shortlisted in the RCA 2015 Showcase Awards

RCA Showcase Awards LogoHexham Racecourse, Northumberland's only surviving Racecourse has been chosen as a finalist for one of the most prestigious National awards in the Racing Industry.

The celebrations and special events which took place this year to recognise 125 years of National Hunt racing in the town, have been nominated in the Events category at the 2015 RCA Showcase Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence and innovation on Britain’s racecourses and the award ceremony takes place at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 12 November.

Hexham Racecourse submitted an award application to the RCA regarding the celebrations that took place during the prestigious 125th anniversary year. The racecourse aimed to raise the profile of its unique heritage and history and reward racegoers, sponsors, owners and trainers for their loyalty by organising specific events such as the anniversary raceday which took place on Saturday 9th May 2015.

Winners of the Best Dressed Victorian Costumes at the 125th Hexham Racecourse Anniversary Meeting

The Racecourse 125 anniversary celebrations throughout the day encouraged many staff and racegoers to dress in period costume with prizes for the best dressed. Full details of the day and the winners can be found on our Meetings Report page.

Hexham Racecourse Anniversary BeerThe anniversary also attracted new and non-racegoers to Hexham and they were provided with added value and excitement at each race meeting.

Racecourse staff and racegoers joined in the celebrations by dressing in period costume (see above photo) and a special anniversary ale was brewed by Mordue Brewery, North Shields.

Lauren Dobson, Marketing Manager at Hexham Racecourse (second from left in photo above) said "Everyone is delighted that our 125th Anniversary has achieved such National recognition, particularly as we are competing against much bigger racecourses throughout the country with much greater marketing budgets. The accolade will continue to strengthen our image among racegoers, tourists."

Racecourse Services Director Caroline Davies commented “we are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2015 Showcase & Awards, the only recognised industry awards for British Racecourses. The depth of quality in this year’s submissions was greater than ever, meaning the racecourses that have been listed as finalists are all genuine examples of excellence and innovation.”

 

Read the full Press Release here (*PDF)

 

Events Category Finalists

Doncaster- Christmas Live
Goodwood- The Qatar
Goodwood Festival
Haydock Park- Kylie: Live at Haydock
Hexham- 125th Anniversary Celebrations
Royal Windsor- War Horse Fireworks Display

More details and a list of finalists in all categories can be found on the RCA Showcase Awards webpage.

*PDF you may need to Adobe Reader to view this document. It is free to download from the Adobe website.


Meeting - 2nd October - YoungsRPS Day - Report

An Indian Summer's day of warm sunshine and a cloudless sky greeted racegoers to Yarridge Heights for the latest National Hunt race meeting sponsored by loyal supporters Youngs RPS.

A full review on the glorious day's racing with photos of the winners is now available on our meeting reports page.


Meeting - 18th September - 1st 'Twilight' Race Meeting at Yarridge Heights

 

(A FULL REPORT of the meeting, with photographs is available on our meeting reports page).

Sunset at Hexham Racecourse

Hexham Racecourse broke new ground on September 18th when National Hunt racing returned after the summer break with a new meeting.

The general consensus by everyone at Yarridge Heights was that the first twilight meeting had been a most enjoyable experience and the Racecourse Executive have confirmed that the fixture will take place again next year.

Great Fighter winner of the First Twilight Maiden HurdleThe first race was aptly named the "First Twilight Maiden Hurdle" run over an extended two miles.

First past the post was the 11/10F Great Fighter (photo left) followed by Summer Storm at 5/1 and Sacred Square 9/2 in third.

Brother Scott winner of the 2nd race at Hexham on 18th Sept 2015Another feature race on the card was the "Northumberland College Handicap Chase" over two and a half miles.

The winner was Brother Scott (photo right) at 9/2 with Local Present also 9/2 in second and the 2/1F French Seventyfive third.

 

 


totepool Ladies' Day - 21st June 2015

totepool logo

A full report on the day's racing is still available on out Meeting Reports page.

totepool Ladies' Day: is one of the most popular meetings of the year. VIEW PHOTOS HERE.

Throughout the afternoon fashion experts Lesley Lister and her team from Tyne Tees Models were on the lookout for the best dressed lady, couple, hat, best little miss and as Sunday is Fathers' Day the best dressed dad too.

Discover who came top in the fashion stakes here.

This is the final race meeting before the summer break.

Racing will resume with a new "Twilight" fixture on Friday September 18th.


Meeting - Marie Curie Charity Day - 13th June 2015

A full report on the day's racing is now available on out Meeting Reports page.

 

Marie Curie LogoThe seven race National Hunt meeting at Hexham on Saturday (June 13th) was dedicated to The Marie Curie Charity which provides care and support for more than 40,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families in the UK each year.

Racing got underway at 1.50pm with the Marie Curie Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle over two miles seven furlongs. The race was won by Minella Hero at 5/2, followed by Danehills Well at 9/1 and Native Optimist in third at 11/2.

Other feature races included the St Martin's Care Handicap Chase run over one mile seven furlongs at 3.00pm, which was won by Gin Cobbler at 9/1 and the Marie Curie Handicap Chase over two and a half miles at 4.45pm won by Cool Star at 7/1.


Meeting - 6th June - The Great Run Company Day

A full report of the race meeting with photos is available on our meeting reports page.

One of Hexham's most loyal supporters, complete with new logo and new name, made a welcome return to Yarridge Heights on Saturday June 6th.

Great Run Company logoFor the nineteenth consecutive year The Great Run Company, formerly known as Nova International, sponsored all races on the seven race card.

Celtic Monarch - winning racechorse at Hexham on 6th June 2015The races were named after sporting events for which The Great Run Company has achieved worldwide recognition.

The meeting got underway at 2.05pm. with the Greatrun.Org Selling Hurdle contested over two miles and it was won by Celtic Monarch - photo left - the 9/4 second favourite. 7/4 favourite Bob's Legend was second with Butlergrove King at 4/1 third.

Ghurkha Brave  - winning racechorse at Hexham on 6th June 2015Richest race of the day with a prize fund of £10,500 was the Great North City Games Handicap Hurdle at 4.45pm also run over two miles. First past the post was 7/2 favourite Gurkha Brave - photo right - followed by Vodka Wells at 6/1 and Tekthelot third at 4/1.

Another feature race was the Junior Great North Run Novices Steeple Chase over two and a half miles at 2.40pm.

The meeting ended at 5.55pm with a traditional bumper, the two mile Great Run Company Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

At the meeting, the Racecourse Executive arranged for a bucket collection to take place for the "Stay Strong Stu Trust" a Tynedale community effort to raise funds to support local man Stuart Ridley, aged just 25, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

 


Meeting - 26th May 2015

 

Evening National Hunt Racing at Yarridge Heights

 

NB A full report, including photos, of the evening's racing is now available on our meeting reports page.

The second evening National Hunt race meeting of the year took place at Yarridge Heights on Tuesday May 26th when the seven race card got under way at 6.10pm.

Agrical logoFeature races included the Agrical Novices Limited Handicap Chase run over three miles and one furlong.

Agrical, a regular sponsor at Hexham, are based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire and are specialist providers of loss adjusting and claims management services to the farming, estates, commercial leisure and high net worth markets.

 


Meeting - 9th May - 125th Anniversary.

A full report of the day's racing with photos of the winners is now available to read on out meeting reports page.

Hexham was in a party mood when the Course celebrated 125 years of racing at Yarridge Heights.
Racegoers were invited to join in the anniversary celebrations by dressing in Period costume with prizes being awarded for the most authentic. Winners will be announced soon.

Feature race was the CWC Henderson 125th Anniversary Conditional Jockeys Handicap Chase over an extended two miles at 3.15pm.

Charles William Chipchase Henderson The race was named after Charles William Chipchase Henderson (photo right) or ‘CWC’ as he was more affectionately known.

"CWC" together with Sir Loftus Bates were the key figures in instigating the inaugural meeting at Yarridge Heights in April 1890.

Feature races also included the H. Malone & Sons Handicap Hurdle over three miles and the 4.25pm Handicap Chase ran over three miles and one furlong which was in memory Dr. Howard Scott who was Chief Medical Officer at Hexham Racecourse for many years.

The racecourse also launched an anniversary ale, specially brewed by Mordue Brewery in North Shields.

Hexham 125th Anniversary Beer Bottles

 

Forthcoming Meetings

The next meeting takes place on the evening of Tuesday May 26th. and there are three meetings in June. Nova International Day takes place on Saturday June 6th, a Marie Curie Charity Day is on Saturday June 13th and the ever popular Totepool Ladies' Day is on Sunday June 21st.


Meeting - Sat 2nd May 2015 - Heart of All England Steeplechase Day

A full report on the evening's racing can now be found on our meetings reports page.


Meeting - 20th April 2015 - Kirkley Hall Day - FULL REPORT HERE

 

Ninety Runners and Spring Sunshine at Yarridge Heights

Hexham Racecourse

Yarridge Heights were at their spectacular best on 20th April 2015 as warm Spring sunshine greeted a large crowd at the first Northumberland College sponsored National Hunt race meeting.

There was an 8 race card on Monday when the racecourse welcomed a major new sponsor.

A full report on the day's racing can be found here.


Meeting - Tues 24th March 2015 - FULL REPORT HERE

(Details of our first meeting of the year on 12th March can also be found on our meetings report page).

Palm Grey winner of the John Smiths Handicap Hurdle at Hexham Racecourse on 24th March 2015National Hunt racing returned to Yarridge Heights on Tuesday 24th March where the feature race on the 7 race card was the John Smiths Handicap Hurdle.

The race was won by 3/1F Palm Grey (photo left) followed 5 lengths behind in second by Golans Choice at 7/1 with Surprise Vendor 15/2 third.

It was a day for backing favourites as 5 races were won by the shortest priced horses in the fields, one by a co-favourite and only one outsider (Flaming Thistle at 10/1) who won the Primary Websites Handicap Chase.

 

2014 Hexham totepool Championship - Champion Trainer and Jockey

Prior to racing on 24th March a presentation was made to the totepool sponsored 2014 Hexham Champion Trainer and Jockey.

Lucinda Russell Hexham Races Top Trainer in 2014 receiving her memento from Chief Executive of the course Charles EnderbyThroughout the year trainers and jockeys amassed points according to the number of winners and placed horses achieved. First past the post gained five points with three points for a runner up and two points and one point for third and fourth place.

There were fourteen fixtures comprising ninety eight races and the winning trainer by a wide margin is Lucinda Russell who trains at Kinross in Perthshire who amassed ninety four points well ahead of her closest rival Donald McCain who trains at Cholmondeley who scored fifty eight points. Lucinda was presented with her award by Hexham Racecourse Chief Executive Charles Enderby.

Wilson Renwick Hexham Race's top jockey in 2014 receiving his awardThe jockeys' Hexham Championship was a much more close run affair. First past the post with eighty points was Wilson Renwick.

Wilson can be seen in the photo receiving his award from racecourse Marketing Director, Ron Woodman and Business Development Director, Lynn Tomkins.

Second place, with a total of sixty five points, went to Brian Hughes who scored twelve points at the last meeting to pip long time leader Peter Buchanan at the post.

 

 


 

Final Race Meeting of the 2014 - Wed 10th December

National Hunt racing took place at Yarridge Heights despite the high winds threatening when Hexham's traditional Festive Meeting brought down the curtain on another successful year for Northumberland's only surviving racecourse.

Racehorses jumping fenceAll six races were named in recognition of the loyal support the Racecourse enjoys from regular sponsors including Youngs RPS, Nova International, Intu Metrocentre and Intu Eldon Square.

First race on the six race card was the 12.50pm. Thank You Rowland's Maiden Hurdle run over three miles.

A feature race was the Hexham Bookmakers NH Novices Hurdle over an extended two miles. The race was sponsored by the bookmakers who regularly attend the Course.

A full report of the day's racing can be found on our meeting reports page.


Totepool Top Trainers and Top Jockeys at Hexham Championships

Congratulations to Lucinda Russell who has won the Top Trainers award and winning jockey Wilson Renwick who added to his points total in the first race of the day riding the 1/5 favourite Ballyboker Breeze? As James Reveley rode the winner of the second race then Wilson could not be caught even if Peter Buchanan or Brian Hughes rode the winners of the last 4 races. Both Lucinda and Wilson will be presented with a silver plate.

NOTE: the table below shows the 'state of play' prior to the last meeting of the year on 10th December 2014.

Totepool Top Trainers and Top Jockeys at Hexham Championships Table


Meeting - Wed 19th Nov

A full report of the day's meeting can be seen on our Meeting Reports page.

On 19th November one of the feature races of the year at Yarridge Heights took place, when the Northumberland County Handicap Chase was run over a gruelling four miles. On heavy ground Snuker managed to hold off Silver Dragon the 5/2 favourite by a length and Beau Dandy a further 12 lengths behind.

The last race at 3.20pm was a handicap hurdle dedicated to Durham County Cricket Club in honour of their success in winning the Royal London One-Day Cup. Course regular Tikkandemickey won at 6/1 from 2/1 favourite Walser and Hunters Belt at 16/1 in third.


Meeting - Fri 7th Nov - Rowlands Chartered Accountants/Weatherby's Bloodstock Insurance Day

 

National Hunt racing returned to Yarridge Heights when a seven race card got underway at 12.50 pm.

NB A full report of the day's racing can be found on the meetings report page.

Two of Hexham's regular sponsors, Rowlands Chartered Accountants, whose Head Office is in Birtley, Co, Durham and who have an office in Hexham and Weatherby's Bloodstock Insurance made a welcome return.

Racehorses at Hexham Racecourse in a close finishFeature races included the Rowlands Chartered Accountants Handicap Hurdle over an extended two miles and the Weatherby's Hamilton Insurance Novices Handicap Chase over three miles and one furlong.

The last race on the card was the intriguingly named Delightfully Memorial Handicap Hurdle over three miles.

The race was sponsored by racing enthusiast Robert Boyd who was the owner of a horse called Delightfully which was in training with Lucinda Russell. Under Robert’s ownership, Delightfully won the Golden Plover Handicap Hurdle over 3 miles at Hexham in March 2011.


Meeting - Sat 11th Oct - Metrocentre & Eldon Square Day

Racing returned to Yarridge Heights on October 11th when a large crowd attended one of the most important meetings of the year.

Intu LogoFor the nineteenth consecutive year Intu Metrocentre and Intu Eldon Square sponsored all seven races.

Feature races included The Intu Eldon Square Alive After Five Handicap Hurdle, which was won by Bless The Wings at 11/1 ahead of Solway Sam 100/30F and Sentimentaljourney 16/1 in third and also the Intu Metrocentre Platinum Mall Maiden Hurdle.

In the latter the 13/8 favourite Ride The Range was first past the post followed by Uisge Beatha at 100/30 in second and Galleons Way at 22/1 in third.

A full report of Metrocentre and Eldon Square Day is available on our meeting reports page.


Meeting 3rd October - Youngs RPS Day

National Hunt Racing returned to Hexham to celebrate the Great North Run's one millionth competitor on Friday 3rd October.

A full report on the Youngs RPS Day meeting including photos can be found here.


 

Admission Charges and Membership Badges

An assortment of Hexham Racecourse ticketsFor the second consecutive year, the Directors at Hexham have decided not to raise admission charges for 2015. The cost of annual Hexham Racecourse Members' Badges will also remain the same and are already on sale online, by phone or by post.

Lauren Dobson, Racecourse Marketing Executive told the Courant;

"Annual Hexham Races badges are tremendous value. In addition to admission to all race meetings at Hexham, badge holders are entitled to free admission to forty reciprocal meetings at other racecourses throughout the country and a free day at a Durham County Cricket fixture at Chester-le-Street.

"If a racegoer with an Annual Badge attends all Hexham meetings and reciprocal meetings the cost of admission to each meeting is as little as £2.”


 

Hexham Marketing Executive Makes Mark In National Racing Organisation

Lauren Dobson, 23, has only been Marketing Executive at Hexham Racecourse for 3 years but already she is making her presence felt in National horse racing circles.

Lauren Dobson Marketing Executive at Hexham Racecourse pictured in the paddock at the courseAt the recent AGM of the organisation Women in Racing, Lauren was elected on the Committee which reflects a diverse and dynamic representation of the sport professionally and geographically.

Lauren is the only Committee member to be based at a Northern Racecourse.

Women in Racing was formed in 2009 with a vision to reach women across the racing industry to raise their profile and encourage more women to be appointed into senior roles. With such role models as Lauren, it is hoped that more women will come into horse racing and enrich the sport accordingly.

Commenting on her appointment Lauren said; "I am delighted to be have been elected onto the committee”.

"Women in Racing has been created to develop the profile of women in the sport, to encourage senior appointments at Board level across the industry and to attract more women into Racing."

"We aim to strengthen connections and help promote the health of the sport and to enhance its reputation as an attractive sector in which to build a career."

With a passion for horses and racing from an early age, Lauren has helped at Hexham Racecourse on race days since the age of 12.

Educated at Ashington High School Lauren previously worked for Dickinsons Furnishers before joining Hexham Racecourse as Marketing Executive.

Lauren is currently studying a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) course.

Welcoming Lauren onto the WiR Committee, Chair Sally Rowley-Williams commented:

"Our network has had a fantastic year, our membership continues to grow and reach across all areas of racing. Several of our members have been appointed into senior and boardroom roles in 2014 but there is still more work to be done as British Horseracing lags behind the diversity targets set by DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for government-funded sports as well as the government targets of 30% for FTSE 100 companies"

Charles Enderby, Chief Executive at Hexham Racecourse said that the appointment was a fitting recognition for Lauren's achievements at Hexham.

"The election confirms the impact which Lauren has made in the Racing Industry in such a short time not just regionally but also nationally."


Last Meeting - One of the year's many highlights - totepool Ladies Day

 

A large family crowd was at Yarridge Heights for the final National Hunt meeting before the summer recess.

"totepool Ladies' Day" is always one of the most popular meetings of the year when the ladies of Tynedale prove that, whatever fashion show Royal Ascot can stage, Hexham can at least equal if not better.

 

Videos

Lesley Lister of Tyne Tees Models explained the fashion styles that the judges were looking for on our Ladies' Day videos page.

 

Lucy Hillbeck winner of the the Best Dressed Lady Prize at Hexham Racecourse Ladies Day in 2014 Donna LawsBest Dressed - A full list of the 2014 Prize Winners, including Best Looking Jockey are revealed in our race meeting report.

Throughout the afternoon fashion experts Lesley Lister and her team from Tyne Tees Models were on the lookout for the Best Dressed Lady who won a champagne afternoon tea and Spa treatment for two at De Vere Slaley Hall.

(Photo left - Donna Laws - winner of the Best Dressed Lady Prize in 2014). Donna also won Best Dressed Couple, with Michael Laws, in 2013.

The Best Dressed Couple won a one night stay at Ramside Hall Hotel Durham City.

The wearer of the Best Hat won a £50 gift voucher for Hay's Travel and a makeover by Transcend Hair and Beauty.

The Best Dressed Little Miss won four tickets to see Disney On Ice at The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle.


Hexham Racecourse - Wins Award

Hexham Racecourse has been awarded the accolade "Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and North East England" by the influential Racegoers Club.

The Club, which has 5000 members, is widely recognised as one of the sport's leading organisations. The award is "in recognition of the Course's efforts on behalf of the racing public."

Commenting on the award Dennis Gallagher, Racecourse Marketing Manager told the Courant;

"We are delighted to receive such recognition from one of the most important groups in racing. The award is a tribute to the hardworking and dedicated team at Hexham including our caterers Ramside Outside Catering, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every racegoer has an enjoyable visit."


Meeting Sat 14th June - Marie Curie Day - Full Meeting Report here

Marie Curie Cancer Care logoYarridge Heights saw action again on Saturday June 14th when the Course staged its first ever Marie Curie Charity day.

Bell Weir winner of the 4th race at Hexham Racecourse on 14th June 2014One of the features races was the aptly titled Marie-Curie Daffodil Dash Handicap Hurdle run over 2m 4 1/2 furlongs.

In a closely contested finish Bell Weir at 8/1 was first past the post followed by Aalim at 5/2 with the 11/8 favourite Vasco Du Ronceray third.

A full report on the day's meeting is available on our meeting reports page.


Meeting Sat 7th June - Nova International Day - Meeting Report here

 

Nova International Returned to Yarridge Heights

One of Hexham's most loyal supporters made a welcome return to Yarridge Heights on Saturday afternoon (June 7th.) when, for the 18th consecutive year, Nova International sponsored all races on the seven race card.

All the races were named after sporting events for which Nova International have achieved worldwide recognition.

A full report on the meeting can be found here.


Meeting - Tues 27th May (eve) - Agrical Day

A full report on the evening's meeting can be found on our meeting reports page.

Australian Racing Enthusiasts Visit Hexham Racecourse

A map of Australia showing the position of IllawongThe worldwide reputation of Hexham Racecourse has reached the suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales and, as a result, a party of ten Australian racing enthusiasts from Illawong were guests at the second evening meeting of the year at Yarridge Heights.

The group, who are on a three month tour of the UK, are staying at Alnmouth, are keen to experience local events and meet local people and decided National Hunt racing at Hexham would provide an ideal opportunity.

One of the meetings features races was the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th. Anniversary Handicap Hurdle run over three miles.

The IJF provides care, compassion and financial help, to injured jockeys and was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National.

Injured Jockeys Fund logoTo date the Injured Jockeys Fund has spent over £18m helping more than one thousand jockeys whose injuries have forced some of them to give up riding. The aim of the IJF is to provide continuing support for existing beneficiaries and immediate and effective help to all newly injured jockeys in whatever way is appropriate to ensure a reasonable quality of life for them and their families.

The most valuable race of the evening with a prize fund of £10,000 - the 7.40pm Handicap Chase run over three miles and one furlong was sponsored by one of Hexham's most enthusiastic supporters, Sedgefield owner trainer, John Wade.


Meeting - Hexham Courant 150th Anniversary - 10th May 2014

Hexham Courant 150 year anniversary logoRacing returned to Yarridge Heights on May 10th to celebrate the Hexham Courant 150th. Anniversary Family Day.

The feature race was the Hexham Courant 150th. Anniversary Novices Hurdle over two and a half miles.

Scooby Doo presenting a prize to members of the Nixon familyAs part of the family day younger racegoers were on the look out for a very special guest as Scooby Doo was bounding around the course looking for a Scooby Snack!

The lovable hound was spotted in the paddock at one point during the afternoon, where he presented a special prize to a lucky family.

A full report of the meeting is available here.


Meeting - 3rd May - featuring the Heart of All England Steeple Chase - Full Race Report here.

A New Rising winner of the 2014 Heart of England Maiden Hunters' Chase ay HexhamOne of the most important and popular races of the year at Yarridge took place on May 3rd. when Hexham racecourse staged the first evening meeting of the 2014.

Pictured right is A New Rising winner of the 2014 Heart of England Maiden Hunters' Chase ay Hexham.

A full report on the evening's racing is now available on our meeting reports page.

School Holiday Race Meeting at Yarridge Heights - Mon 14th April 2014

A full Race Meeting Report, with photos, is available here.

A bouncy castle at Hexham RacesFamilies enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at Yarridge Heights when a seven race National Hunt race meeting got underway at 2.00pm.

Accompanied children under sixteen years of age were admitted free and there was also a free bouncy castle to keep the younger racegoers amused between races. Racing Welfare logo

The pre race spotlight fell on the backroom staff in the racing industry.

Representatives from Racing Welfare, the Jockey Club Charity which provides support for those in need who work, or have worked in the British Racing and Thoroughbred Breeding Industries were in the parade ring to judge the Racing Welfare Best Turned Out Competition which is being held at racecourses throughout the UK.

The Best Turned Out series, sponsored by EPDS Racing for the third year, aims to highlight the hard work and dedication shown by working staff in preparing their horses for a day at the races

Rebecca Menzies presented with EPDS Racing Welfare BTO series gilet by John Powell, Racing Manager of the Racing Welfare BTO Sponsors, EPDS Racing The groom in the second race leading up the horse judged best turned out was Rebecca Menzies (pictured right with John Powell) who also trains third placed Vuvuzela. She received a £50 first prize, plus an "EPDS Racing Welfare BTO" series gilet. Points have been allocated to the groom's yard and a league table runs until the finale at Huntingdon in December.

The winning yard will receive a trophy and £1,000 to be shared between the yard's staff.

Lesley Graham, Racing Welfare's Chief Executive said;
"We are delighted Hexham Racecourse is supporting our initiative and are very grateful to EPDS Racing for their continuing sponsorship. Such support has the double benefit of recognising the hard work put in by grooms and highlighting Racing Welfare's crucial work in support of racing staff."

Racehorse Frankie's Promise winner of the 3rd race at Hexham Races on 14th April 2014 and ridden by Lucy AlexanderFeature race on Monday's card was the Thornton Firkin National Hunt Novices Hurdle ran over an extended two miles and first past the post was Frankie's Promise (photo left) at 4/1 followed by Wild Card 100/30 in second and course regular Tikkandemickey the 6/4F in third.

Thornton-Firkin, a very loyal supporter at Hexham, is a National practice, with an office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which offers professional construction consultancy services across all sectors of industry and commerce.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy making a second visit to Hexham Races in a fortnight won the Riding Mares' Maiden Hurdle on Bespoke Lady 9/4 ahead of Nosey Box 5/1 and the 15/8F Waltz Legend.

This May is a very busy time for the Racecourse with three meetings including two evening meetings on May 3rd. and May 27th. and an afternoon meeting on Saturday May 10th.


Meeting - Mon 31st March 2014 - Yarridge Heights hosted 8 Races

The second National Hunt meeting of the year took place at Yarridge heights on Monday 31st March when a planned 7 race card was increased to 8 because, due to the number of entries, the last race was divided into 2.

A full report on the day's racing, with photos, can be found on our Meeting Reports page.

Tony McCoy on Tonvadosa at Hexham RacesChampion jockey Tony McCoy claimed a double on board the Donald McCain trained Tonvadosa (100/30), photo left, in the second race, the Chollerford Novices' Hurdle and in the last race, the Hexham For Tourists Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race (Div II) on 6/4F Never, Never, which was also trained by Donald McCain.

Tynedale's importance as a holiday destination was recognised in the split penultimate and last race, which the Racecourse Executive named the Hexham For Tourists Maiden Open N.H. Flat Race to be run over two miles.

Lauren Dobson, Racecourse Marketing Executive told the Courant;

"Hexham is Northumberland's only surviving racecourse and we are keen to promote Tynedale as a holiday destination.

"Our recent research confirms that owners, trainers and racegoers from throughout the Country are visiting Hexham in increased numbers with many combining a day at the races with a longer stay in Tynedale."

NB See below for ideas for a longer stay.


Ladies Day

Winners of the Best Dressed Couple at Ladies Day 2013 at Hexham RacecourseDespite a cool, blustery wind, high fashion was to the fore at our 2013 Ladies Day meeting. The judges had a very difficult task picking the best dressed racegoers competitions.

"Picking winners in the fashion stakes was more difficult than picking winners on the racecourse as there were so many elegant outfits to choose from" said 'head judge' Lesley Lister.

The 'Best Dressed Couple' award went to Donna and Michael Laws pictured above in colour matching outfits, even down to the socks. View a photo of the 'Best Dressed Lady' and 'Best Hat' in the Ladies Day meeting report.


Education Award for Hexham Racecourse

The racecourse has received an award from the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust in recognition of their support for the Racing to School education programme 2011.

British Horseracing Education and Standards TrustHexham Racecourse hosted 2 Racing to School events in the year providing 57 pupils with an unique learning experience through the sport of horseracing. The award certificate can be viewed here. (This is a PDF and you need Adobe Reader software to view it. If you don't have it, download it free here).


Back A Winner By Train

A special promotion to encourage more racegoers to travel to Hexham by train which gives discounts on admission prices and a bet.


 

BETFAIR/NASS Project awards £25,000 to the racecourse

betfair logoBETFAIR have donated £25,000 to the National Association of Stable Staff (NASS) to be used to improve facilities at Hexham racecourse.

 

National Association of Stable Staff logoNASS established a minimum standard for stable staff facilities at racecourses and Betfair agreed to sponsor a joint project with NASS to enable their donation to be used for the benefit of stable staff.

The Betfair/NASS Project was announced in March 2011 and independent racecourses were asked to bid for funds on a match-funded basis to improve their stable staff facilities in line with the NASS minimum standards.

Six Racecourses put in submissions for funding and the past four months have been spent exploring the potential benefits of the bids to stable staff and racecourses and the necessity for the improvements.

The decision of the Project Panel, which comprised Betfair and NASS representatives, is that the whole of the funding should go to Hexham Racecourse for their proposal to build a new second stable staff accommodation facility, which will enable both male and female staff to stay on site near their horses.

The present arrangement means that when more than one gender wishes to stay then Hexham have to utilise local bed and breakfast facilities at short notice, and not all are completely satisfactory.

Jim Cornelius, NASS Chief Executive, said: “I would stress that this was not a rejection of the other bids, all of which we would have loved to have funded, but the Hexham submission was clearly one that we had to support.

“It doesn’t surprise me that four out of the six bids were from National Hunt Racecourses as they are generally more likely to be struggling financially and we are more likely to get complaints from them as opposed to other racecourses.

“Hexham is a lovely racecourse which, due to its location, requires overnight stays and is not in the top league financially or in race terms. But we are delighted to have been able to help them out in this manner.”

Betfair’s Martin Cruddace, Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs Officer, commented: “We have committed to support grass roots racing to the tune of £3m in a three year period, and it was only right and proper that this five-figure sum was set aside for the benefit of stable staff".

“Let’s hope the staff that keep the show on the road feel the benefits once Hexham have completed their upgrade".

Dennis Gallagher, Marketing Manager at Hexham Racecourse, said that they were delighted to have been successful with their bid to secure funding for improvements and additions to existing lads and girls stable staff accommodation.

Dennis Gallagher said: “The very generous gesture made by Betfair, in the interest of racing in general and the National Association of Stable Staff in particular, is greatly appreciated.”


Hexham Racecourse - Wins Award

Hexham Racecourse has been awarded the accolade "Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and North East England" by the influential Racegoers Club.

The Club, which has 5000 members, is widely recognised as one of the sport's leading organisations. The award is "in recognition of the Course's efforts on behalf of the racing public."

Commenting on the award Dennis Gallagher, Racecourse Marketing Manager told the Courant;

"We are delighted to receive such recognition from one of the most important groups in racing. The award is a tribute to the hardworking and dedicated team at Hexham including our caterers Ramside Outside Catering, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every racegoer has an enjoyable visit."

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