Newmarket Racecourse Introduction
The famous Newmarket racecourse is considered as the birth place of horse racing in the UK . The racecourse is situated in Newmarket, Suffolk and is the home of formal horse racing organizations such as the BHA (British horse racing authority) and the Jockey Club as well as a center for a long list of equestrian related associations, agencies and practical facilities, among them are the National Horseracing Museum, Horseracing Forensic Laboratory, Animal Health Trust, Equine Fertility Unit, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, International Racing Bureau, Racing Welfare, Federation of Bloodstock Agents, and the British Racing School. Among the practical facilities and installations spread around 2800 acres are more than 60 stud farms, practicing gallops both turf and artificial, equestrian hospital and of course two well maintained tracks, the Rowley Mile and July Course. The Newmarket racecourse is all Flat racing and is active from Spring to Autumn.
Newmarket Racecourse History
There is no other town or racecourse among the UK horse courses that is so entwined in the sport of horse racing like Newmarket. Both town and racecourse played an important part in the becoming and development of British horse racing as it is known today. About 400 years after the town was established by Sir Richard de Argentei who was given lands where Newmarket was due to form and was practically given the King’s blessing and order to form a new town that would literally constituting “a new market”, James I discovered the vast heath and saw the great potential it held for the benefit of his court and his equestrian hobbies. Marking the beginning of horse racing games, the first race held at the Newmarket racecourse took place in 1622 and was conducted between two owners Lord Salisbury an the Marquis of Buckingham the final outcome being a triumph for the Marquis’s horse and a prize of £100 an outrageously large amount in those times. The real bloom came when Charles II set himself at visiting the course twice a year to satisfy his racing passion. Charles II usually rode what is now known as the July course but as the sun hurt his eyes during the Spring and Summer, he moved to another course, today’s Rowley Mile Racecourse named after the king’s nickname Old Rowley. By 1665 Charles II regulated horse racing by an Act of Parliament and created the first race to run under formal rules and regulations, the Town Plate. The race is the oldest formal race to be introduced and still runs every year. In 1750 the Jockey Club was formed in Newmarket by the elite members of horse racing in the UK in order to supervise and regulate the sport by a set of rules and sanctions. By 1771 organized racing fixtures began to take place, marking the end of horse racing forming and the beginning of it’s unending development and improvement seen to this very day.
Racing In Newmarket Racecourse
The Newmarket racecourse holds 9 of UK’s 32 annual meetings, held over two courses, the Rowley Mile Course and the July Course. The Rowley Mile is 1 mile 2 furlongs long and the July Course is 1 mile in length. Among the renowned races held at Newmarket racecourse are the group 1 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas, Champion Stakes, Sun Chariot Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. Other famous fixtures include the Cesarewitch Handicap, Newmarket Stakes and Jockey Club Cup. The course holds a relatively large number of horse racing fixtures and races.
Facilities and Services at the Newmarket Racecourse
Like many other large racecourses, the Newmarket racecourse offers faclities and services for the benefit of the racegoers and others none racegoers wishing to hold business meetings, exhibitions, social gathering or parties and wedding ceremonies. The course holds restaurnats, exhibition halls, private rooms and boxes for the purpose of conducting such events.
Reaching the Newmarket Racecourse
The Newmarket racecourse can be reached by road, taking the A11 or A14, by train riding from London Kings Cross or Liverpool to Cambridge Ipswich or Stansted airport from which a connection by rail or road can be made in order to reach Newmarket. The Newmarket racecourse also operates a subsidized coach picking up and dropping off racegoers at the Cambridge train station.