Newmarket Racecourse

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The Millennium Grandstand at Newmarket
The Millennium Grandstand at Newmarket (Bob Jones /

Located on the border of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, Newmarket racecourse is consistently referred to as the British horseracing headquarters, due to being home of the largest cluster of training yards in the country, as well as hosting the National stud and the National Horseracing Museum. Newmarket hosts two of the UK’s five classic races – the 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas – as well as being home to nine of Britain’s 32 group 1 races. In the early 17th century, James I built the initial racecourse at Newmarket and since then the course has managed to uphold its original thatched roofs and historic traditions, whilst still managing to constantly refurbish and modernise the facilities. Newmarket is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK, with 37 race meetings taking place each year between April and November.

Just 12 miles form Cambridge and 60 miles form London, Newmarket racecourse is very accessible for all customers whether travelling by car or by train. Those travelling by train should go to Cambridge which is served by both London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street, with further rail connections to Newmarket available from there. The racecourse offers a subsidised coach service from both Newmarket town centre and Cambridge rail station. Customers driving are advised to take the A11 or A14, both of which provide easy access from major cities via the M11 and M1.

Ticket Prices

Entry to the premier enclosure starts from just £18.75, whilst grandstand access is available for as little as £12. Customers under the age of 18 are allowed access to either enclosure free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

The Winning Post at Newmarket
The Winning Post at Newmarket (Richard Humphrey /

The grade 1 course at Newmarket is run right-handed and is galloping and undulating, with an 8f home straight. There are two courses used – The Rowley Mile and The July Course. The Rowley Mile is used in April and May before racing returns there after the summer from September to November. The course measures at 2m2f in circumference, with the first mile being a straight followed by a single right-handed bend onto a 1m2f undulating straight.

The Rowley Mile is a wide and galloping course, with a strong emphasis on the importance of stamina over pace. The July Course is Newmarket’s summer track that is used for racing between June and August. Measuring at around 2m and 24yds, the course is also severely undulating with a steep uphill section over the final furlong that can make for close and exciting finishes.

Major Meetings at Newmarket

George Fordham
George Fordham (Leslie Ward / Wikipedia)

Easily the most prestigious races run at Newmarket each year are the two classics. The 1000 Guineas Stakes is just a mile in length and was first run in 1814. The race takes place annually, typically in late April or early May, generally on the Sunday following the 2000 Guineas. The two races are named after their original prize funds, with a guinea being 21 shillings, or £1.05 in today’s currency.

George Fordham is the most successful jockey to date in the 1000 Guineas, with seven wins between 1859 and 1883. The 2000 Guineas Stakes is also run over the distance of a mile and first took place in 1809. It is the opening leg of the Triple Crown, which also includes the Derby and the St Leger, although the feat of winning all three races is very rarely attempted. Other important Group 1 races held each year at Newmarket include the Fillies Mile, the Dewhurst Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes, as well as the Middle Park Stakes.

Dining and Hospitality

There are two types of hospitality on offer at Newmarket racecourse. Executive boxes are available in four separate price bands, ranging from the celebration experience which costs £140 + VAT, to the VIP experience which is valued at £260 + VAT.

As well as the boxes, trackside pavilion packages are available and range from £140 to £255 in price, depending on preferences and which options are taken up from those available. There is also a wide range of bars and restaurants to cater to all tastes and budgets.


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