Racing Guide / Plan Your Raceday

Travel & Parking

Parking

There is ample free parking for cars and coaches. If you are using a SatNav, please use postcode NE46 2JP.

Public Transport

Details of train times and fares to and from Hexham Rail Station can be found on www.northernrailway.co.uk

Details of bus times and fares to and from Hexham Bus Station can be found on www.gonortheast.co.uk or www.arrivabus.co.uk

Free Bus Service

The Racecourse provides two courtesy buses which run from Hexham Rail Station, Hexham Bus Station and return after the last race. This service is run by Tyne Valley Coaches on a “first come, first served” basis. Times will be available on our website before each raceday.

Taxis

Advanced Taxis, based in Hexham, specialise in transporting racegoers to and from the Racecourse. For more information about the company or to book a taxi online please visit www.advancedtaxis.com  

There are a number of other taxi firms operating in the area. We suggest anyone attending by taxi to book in advance.

Airport

Newcastle Airport is located approximately 35-mile North East of the Racecourse. More information can be found on www.newcastleairport.com

Please note that the racecourse is not responsible for the content of external websites.

What To Wear

The dress code is Smart/Casual. Smart jeans and shorts are permitted but no football shirts. Fancy dress is allowed; however we do request that it is respectable and will not offend other racegoers. It is advisable to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Picnics 

Picnics are allowed. However, we do not allow alcohol to be brought onto the racecourse. 

Cash Point

There is no cash machine facilities on site, however cash points can be found on the main street in Hexham. 

Betting Information

 When on course, you are able to place a bet with bookmakers standing in the betting ring, in the britbet operated betting shop located in the Princess Anne Bar or the betting windows situated next to the Shire Bar. For those racegoers enjoying hospitality Britbet couriers are available in the Pavilion Restaurant, Private Boxes, Henderson Suite, Chase Bar and Curlew Room. 

Placing Your Bet

Shop around for the best odds against your selection. When you have decided on where to place your bet, state the number of your chosen horse and the stake, for example “number 4, £2 win”. Listen to the bookmaker repeat the number of the horse and the stake to their clerk and hand your stake to the bookmaker. You will then be given an itemised receipt providing the details of your bet and possible winnings. You should keep this ticket safe. 

Collecting Your Winnings

If your selection is placed or wins, hand the ticket back to the bookmaker for settlement. NEVER destroy your ticket until after the “Weighed In” announcement has been made as there could be a Stewards Enquiry and the winner or placed horses may be disqualified. You may bet with confidence with any bookmaker on course as they operate with Administration of Gambling on Tracks Ltd (AGT) approval. In the unlikely event of a dispute with a bookmaker, please call upon the assistance of the AGT Betting Ring Manager, who can be found in an office at the end of the Princess Anne Bar in the Paddock Enclosure. AGT also offer a “late pay” service in case the bookmaker leaves the course before you have collected your winnings. Late pay claims should be sent to AGT, 3a Kings Hall, Parsons Green, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4WY. 

Different Ways To Bet

Straight = Win only

Each Way = This is a bet for your selection to win or be placed. A bookmaker taking each way bets will display the terms on which they accept such bets on top of their board. Standard terms for each way betting… 

  • Races with up to 4 runners – Win only
  • Races with 5 to 7 runners – 1/4 of the odds for the first 2
  • Races with 8+ runners – 1/5 of the odds for the first 3
  • Handicap races with 12 to 15 runners – 1/4 of the odds for the first 3
  • Handicap races with 16+ runners – 1/4 of the odds of the first 4

Away Betting = Many bookmakers will also take bets for other race meetings on the same day. 

Betting Without The Favourite = At reduced odds you can back a horse and collect if it runs second to the horse nominated by the bookmaker as the favourite. 

Straight Forecast = Name the first and second horse in the correct order. 

 

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