Newmarket racecourse is one of the famous British racing venues located in Newmarket, Suffolk. The flat racecourse is designed for thoroughbred horseracing and has been hosting races for 3 centuries now. It is currently part of the group of racecourses run by the renowned Jockey Club, which took over the running of the racecourse from 1974. Newmarket racecourse was first opened in 1667 which is over 350 years ago. Having hosted the sport of kings for so many years, the racecourse is considered the home of British horseracing. The title also alludes to the fact that many prominent horse racing organizations are also based close by.
Newmarket racecourse light up when two of the five British classic races, the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, are held here. The racecourse holds 9 race meetings in total through the year.
As one of the oldest venues for horse racing in Britain, the course carries with lots of history. Part of this history also includes fascinating stories of royalty. The first race held on the course was one between Marquess of Buckingham and Lord Salisbury with a £100 prize for the winner. This was a few centuries ago in 1622. In 1665 King Charles II inaugurated the Newmarket Town Plate and went on to become the first and only monarch to win in it 1671.
The racecourse holds a capacity of 45,000 with two racecourses; the July Course and the Rowley Mile Course. Both of these are wide with no obstacles, perfect for flat racing. The July Course is also affectionately referred to as the Summer Course, and has a straight one mile long named The Bunbury Mile. The course goes downhill for a long stretch after the first two furlongs with an uphill climb stretching for one mile towards the finish. The Rowley Mile Course has a two kilometre straight with The Dip’ at the end. The dip is an area in the course towards the finish where the hoses go downhill and one furlong uphill.
Aside from horseracing, Newmarket racecourse is an excellent venue for a family outing with a selection of eateries
serving delicious meals and drinks. Race nights are especially packed with fun as horse racing funs and music lovers get to enjoy exemplary racing and live music.