In May 2016 Newcastle racecourse introduced an artificial ‘all-weather’ Tapeta surface doing away with its turf strip used for flat racing since the late 1880’s.
By September of 2016 the completion of a £10 million upgrade program was finalised when the first race meeting at Newcastle under flood lights took place. And the gamble has paid off with the new racing surface proving a massive hit with racegoers, bookmakers and punters.
Leading owners and trainers also love the racecourse with John Gosden using the track as a nursery for his youngsters, many who go on to achieve great things.
Overall more than one horse in three that the Newmarket-based trainer runs at the course wins but the Newcastle betting odds are normally short about his runners. The same can be said of Sir Michael Stoute’s and Charlie Appleby’s rare Newcastle runners.
Newcastle Free Bets & Betting Offers
As a track which showcases its big contests on a Saturday the leading races at Newcastle are normally covered by ITV Racing and this sees the bookmakers scramble to drum up a maximum amount of business by offering free bets.
The long-standing bet365 promotion where if you back a 4/1 televised winner you get a free bet in the next race’ always applies here.
The Fighting Fifth Hurdle is always sponsored by a bookmaker (Betfair and Unibet being the most recent). As a key trial for Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle race you can normally get Newcastle odds about the winner going on to land the ‘big one’ in March – something Buveur d’Air did in 2017/2018 and Punjabi in 2008/2009.
Newcastle Racecourse Layout & Info
Newcastle, also known as Gosforth Park, is a left-handed course, oval in shape and is one mile six furlongs in circumference.
But the straight course, the only part of the track which is floodlit, is used for races of up to one mile and features a steady uphill climb from the outset.
It’s an incredibly fair track with no statistical evidence of a draw advantage. Newcastle race odds are rarely influenced by a horse’ starting stall.
But there is more to Newcastle than just flat racing – even though that takes place year-round. Gosforth Park also has a national hunt course which is on the inside of the all-weather track and raced on during the winter months.
It is classified as a ‘stiff track’ which can lead to some races being slowly run and developing into a sprint in the closing stages. In-play bettors will tell you Newcastle horse odds can change a lot during the closing stages of a race.
The chase fences are demanding and unforgiving at Newcastle and the stats show a higher than national average number of fallers per-runner per-race at the track.
With no starting stalls in jumps racing there can be no draw bias but it is noticeable leading riders often head to the stand-side rail in hurdle races in the closing stages.
Newcastle racing tipsters will often lean towards leading northern jockeys who know the worth of this racing strip through experience.
Newcastle Top Featured Races
The six biggest races of the year at Newcastle all take place on a Saturday.
The £150,000 Northumberland Plate, also known as the ‘Pitmen’s Derby’, is probably the best known of all. It is one of the richest two-mile handicaps in the world and its history stretches back to 1833.
Here are the key dates in the Newcastle racing calendar:
- February – Eider Chase (Handicap), 4-miles 1-furlong
- March – Burradon Stakes (Listed race), 1-mile 5-furlongs
- May – Pavilion Stakes (Group 3), 6-furlongs
- June – Chipchase Stakes (Group 3), 6-furlongs
- June – Northumberland Plate (Handicap), 2-miles
- November – Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1), 2-miles
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Newcastle Horse Racing Betting Tips
Like at almost every race track, betting on the horse at the top of the Newcastle betting odds (the favourite) is shown to be a loss-maker. But in races for four-year-olds upwards the figures are marginal.
Big Odds Placers
Such is the popularity of the track Newcastle normally has big fields, for the most part in excess of 8 runners which allows for each-way places 1-2-3 and sometimes more.
With its ‘no hiding place’ layout quite often a horse with massive Newcastle race odds can sneak into the frame thanks to the better fancied runners being drawn into a protracted battle which leads to them dropping out in the closing stages.
Big Winning Distances
On a similar theme an analysis of winning distances at the track show siding with big margin winners. Amongst the online bookmakers that offer Newcastle race odds on winning distances, this can be a great money spinner.
Newcastle Trainers & Jockeys
But the best Newcastle horse racing tips involve following trainers and jockeys. Remarkably Ben Curtis is showing a profit to a single unit stake at the track winning on 17% of his mounts.
And while Ben Haslam may not have a prolific strike rate, backing his horses blind to level stakes would see you well in front.