Newcastle Racecourse is located at Gosforth Park in the north of the city. Once just a turf track, the course underwent an £11 million redevelopment which saw a new All Weather surface replace the flat turf course. The feature race of the year is the three day Northumberland Plate meeting held in June, whereas the highlight of the jumps calendar is the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
Newcastle Betting Tips
The jumps course at Newcastle is a left-handed, galloping track and after turning for home it is an uphill finish all the way to the winning post. Races at Newcastle are normally run slowly as horses often want to save energy for the difficult finish ahead. The stands side rail is an ideal position for the home straight. Generally, it is a very fair and reasonably flat course and stamina is required to get up the home straight in front.
All Weather Course
The flat course at Newcastle is a left-handed, oval track and is now a Tapeta surface, which is currently also being used at Wolverhampton. It is unlike any other All Weather course in the country. This is because, along with the round course, there is also a floodlit straight mile course. The bends on the round course are long and sweeping, therefore it is a big advantage to gain a position by the rail. However, horses that get caught very wide tend to lose a lot of ground. Overall, it is a very fair track with not too many hard luck stories.
Newcastle Draw Bias
Not enough data is yet available to be able to form a draw bias over both 5 furlongs and 1 mile at Newcastle. Early indications for 6 furlongs suggest that horses need to be drawn low in big fields.
In the case of 7 furlongs, again it is too early to form a strong bias. However, it certainly does seem to favour those drawn middle to low.
Newcastle Betting Trends
The Eider Chase is the highlight of the Newcastle jumps season, with over £50,000 available in prize money. One unwanted trend is the regularity with which it is abandoned; four times in the last 16 years (twice because of snow, twice due to waterlogging). Expect heavy ground and a very open race – no trainer has won the race back-to-back since Toby Balding in 1966 and 1967 and Timmy Murphy riding the 2008 and 2009 winners. Murphy was the first jockey to manage the feat in 50 years.
Jason Maguire doesn’t ride races at Newcastle as regularly as many other jockeys, but he has some eye catching statistics. Thirteen winners in 65 rides – a 20% strike rate – for a +£24.43 level stakes profit over the past five seasons.
Unlike the other All Weather courses, Newcastle features a straight mile. Therefore, despite the similar surfaces, be careful when attempting to transfer form directly from those courses over the mile.
There isn’t a huge amount of data to base statistics off, with less than 100 races run at Newcastle so far since the move to All Weather. However, David Simcock has an impressive 38% strike rate so far with 6 winners from his 16 runners. Given he trains nearly 300 miles away in Suffolk, it’s no surprise he may cherry pick his runners to make the lengthy trip. On the other hand, Richard Fahey and David O’Meara both have lower strike rates (8% and 14% respectively), and both train nearby in North Yorkshire.
Newcastle Feature Races
- Eider Chase (Handicap) (4m 1f)
- Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
- Northumberland Plate (Handicap) (2m 110y)
- Hoppings Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f 42y)
- Northumberland Vase (Handicap) (2m 110y)
- Gosforth Park Cup (Handicap) (5f)
- Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m)