Known locally as Gosforth Park, Newcastle provides a high standard of action under both codes. The Flat course with its uphill rise of four furlongs makes this one of the stiffest tracks in the country and the highlight of the season is undoubtedly the Northumberland Plate in June - a fiercely battled staying handicap. Over the jumps, the Fighting Fifth Hurdle which takes place at the end of November regularly attracts a number of the leading hurdlers in the country.
Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 5HP. Official Website: http://www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk/
The Effect of the Draw
High numbers are best in straight races when the going is good or faster, but low numbers have an advantage in big fields when it's soft. Concentrate on the top six stalls on fast ground and the bottom six stalls on soft or heavy - for 5f and 6f races with more than fifteen runners.