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Jockeys bow their heads down in concentration as they race towards the finish line.

Beginners Guide

Attending your first horse racing meeting is a thrilling and exciting day, but can be a little overwhelming if you’re not sure what to expect.  We have a number of great resources on site including race programmes full of information, and knowledgeable staff who will do all they can to help. But if you wish to prepare before you attend, we have gathered some interesting information. 

History of Horse Racing at Lingfield

Lingfield Park has hosted racing continuously since 1890, bar a break during World War ll. Initially opened purely for jump racing, flat racing was permitted from 1894. The track has since evolved and a new all-weather track was unveiled in 1989. 

Full History

Types of Races

Lingfield Park uniquely offers Flat, National Hunt (Jumps) racing on the turf, alongside All-Weather Flat racing on a Polytrack course. In addition to hurdles, National Hunt steeplechases also feature obstacles such as water jumps.

The Tote
Whether you are planning to make a first visit to the races or you’re a huge fan, cheering home a winner while clutching a successful betting ticket is, for many, an exciting part of the raceday experience.

When you bet on-course with the Tote, your stake (the amount of money you place on a bet) is pooled together with all other bets on that race and then shared out amongst customers with winning tickets. Your betting on the racecourse with the Tote supports racing, with the majority of revenues flowing back to that racecourse.

There are several bet types available with the Tote such as win, place, each way (win and a place bet) and an exacta (picking the first two in the correct order). One of the most famous tote bets is the placepot which rewards customers who can pick a horse to place in each of the first 6 races. The average dividend of the Placepot is over £454* to a £1 stake so it is a fun bet where you can a large amount for a small stake. 

You also have the option to place a ‘Lucky Pick’ bet, which is similar to the lucky dip on the National Lottery. However, the Lucky Pick is designed to be smarter than a random lucky dip as it uses a special formula which is weighted towards the more likely outcomes in an event. 

The Tote has a minimum bet of just £2 and accepts cash and card across all courses.

So, if you’re a seasoned racegoer or having a day out with friends, there are plenty of betting options and the friendly Tote team are always on hand to help with your selections. By choosing to bet with the Tote during your visit to the races, you’ll be doing so in the knowledge that racing is benefiting from your support.

How to Bet

Betting can be as simple or as complex as you wish it to be. In brief, you look at the horses in a race, decide which you would like to bet on, how much you would like to bet, and whether you want them to win or place, then decide who you would like to bet with. 

Horses and jockeys race furiously around the track during an all weather fixture at Lingfield Park.

The Going Report

The going report is something you will hear a lot about as it is crucial to how horses perform. In short, the going is a description of the condition of the course. The drier the ground, the firmer it is, meaning that the horses can go faster. In the UK the going report can be any of the following: Heavy, Soft, Good to Soft, Good, Good to Firm, Firm.


Our racecourse offers one Grandstand meaning all of our guests are close to all the action, whether you choose to spend your day picking your favourite horse at the Parade Ring or sampling your favourite tipple in our bars.  Those with hospitality access are also free to roam the course as well as enjoy the privacy of the hospitality areas.


Want more information before your first race day? Download our handy beginners guide to racing.

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