Newbury Racecourse

The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ - Map & Directions
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Newbury Racecourse Sign
Newbury Racecourse Sign (Christine Matthews /

Newbury racecourse has been hosting first class racing events for over 100 years, with the first official meeting on the current site taking place in September 1905. Newbury hosts the Lockinge Stakes, which is one of Great Britain’s 31 group 1 flat races, as well as hosting National Hunt rules meetings. Queen Elizabeth II spent her 86th birthday at a Newbury meeting, however neither of her horses had read the script and neither was able to win their race.

Newbury was home to an unfortunate incident in February 2011, in which two horses (Marching Song and Fenix Two) tragically died in the Paddock prior to racing, due to a leakage form an electrical cable causing cardiac arrest as a result of accidental electrocution. Other horses were affected but not fatally and racing for the day was abandoned after the first race. Another interesting and thankfully less gruesome fact about Newbury is that during WWII it was used as a prisoner of war camp for German prisoners.

There is a runway in the middle of the course suitable for light aircraft, whilst Newbury also has its own dedicated railway station, which is served directly and frequently by London Paddington. Those travelling by car should be aware that Newbury racecourse is just ten minutes form the M4 and is very easily accessible by both the M3 and the A34, although naturally private jet is the preferred method of arrival!

Ticket Prices

Entry to the grandstand at Newbury is priced at just £16, whilst premier access is available for as little as £24 per person. As at most courses in the UK, customers under the age of 18 are permitted entry free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

Newbury Racecourse
Newbury Racecourse (Stuart Logan /

Hosting both flat and National Hunt meetings, the grade one course at Newbury is run left handed over a circumference of 1m7f. The 4½f home straight makes up nearly a third of the entire circuit, whilst an additional chute gives the option of a mile long straight course if required.

The course is predominantly flat, with some minor undulations. The National Hunt course has gentle bends so is better for gallopers, with the steeplechase track consisting of 11 fences, including a water ditch which is bypassed in the final circuit. The hurdles course features seven flights, with stamina and jumping ability preferable to raw pace.

Major Meetings at Newbury

Newbury from Station Footbridge
Newbury from Station Footbridge (David Martin /

Easily the most prestigious race of the calendar year at Newbury is the Lockinge Stakes. Established in 1998, it is run over a distance of one mile and takes place each year in May. The Lockinge Stakes was named after a former civil parish located nearby and in 2011 it became part of the British Champions Series, which concludes with the Queen Elizabeth II stakes at Ascot in October. The winners of the stakes normally compete in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot and in 2012 legendary horse Frankel won them both in the same year.

Dining and Hospitality

As well as being a venue for weddings, conferences and stag/hen parties, Newbury also offers private hospitality on race days. Private box prices depend on the popularity of the meeting, with prices starting from just £96 per person, though considerably more for the biggest meetings. Alternatively, customers are welcome to dine in the Hennessy restaurant, with the menu starting at £80 per person for adults, with reduced rates for children.


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