Redcar is a town close to the sea in Cleveland, near Middlesbrough. There is a long tradition of steelworks here though this has largely declined now. The town also has a fishing fleet and also and industry in providing fishing trips to tourists. I understand there is a vibrant enough nightlife here with plenty of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Redcar is a narrow, perfectly flat, left-handed, oval, 1m6f round, with tight, banked turn into the 5f straight. Races from 5f up to a mile are run on straight course.
There is a bias towards those drawn low in 5f races.
Clerk of the course: Jonjo Sanderson
Course telephone number: 01642 484068
Redcar Racecourse is 257 miles from Central London, 180 miles from Birmingham, 178 miles from Bristol, 290 miles from Cardiff, 120 miles from Manchester, 52 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and 169 miles from Edinburgh.
The racecourse is in the centre of town town, off A1085 Middlesbrough road. Once on the outskirts of Redcar, follow the yellow directional signs.
The course post code is TS10 2FD.
Course parking is free.
The nearest railway station is Redcar Central Station, about half a mile away.
There are two enclosures at Redcar Racecourse. They are the Grandstand Enclosure, which is the largest of the two and the Course Family Enclosure which is situated in the centre of the course. There is no formal dress code in either enclosure.
There is plenty of food and drink facilities on all levels. On the first floor of the grandstand there are two bars from which you can also see over the course through the windows. I tried a hot pork roll from the food hall on the ground floor and was not disappointed one little bit.
This is a very welcoming racecourse, the staff here are wonderful. I really liked the facilities here too. There’s plenty of everything and it’s all laid out really well. There was even a traditional sweets stall and the chap told me he does all the Yorkshire tracks too.
Nothing good on the betting front with just the one bet in the first race which disappointed greatly. The horse in question was the Karl Burke trained Harperelle who had run ok and with the stables horses going well really should have been winning this. The market spoke in his favour but he just disappointed on the track today.
Maybe it was just one of those days. I hate not having a winner but won’t bet for the sake of it, though to try and avoid such ignominy, I had £2 on a 1/5 shot just before I left and that got beat too.