Newbury Racecourse

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Newbury Racecourse
Newbury Stands.jpg
The Berkshire Stand and The Grandstand
Location Newbury, Berkshire
Coordinates 51°23′40″N1°18′2″W / 51.39444°N 1.30056°W / 51.39444; -1.30056
Date opened26 September 1905
Screened on Racing TV
Course type Flat
National Hunt
Notable races Lockinge Stakes, Hennessy Gold Cup, Challow Novices' Hurdle
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Newbury Racecourse is a racecourse and events venue in the civil parish of Greenham, adjoining the town of Newbury in Berkshire, England. It has courses for flat races and over jumps. It hosts one of Great Britain's 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Lockinge Stakes.

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Horserace finishing at Newbury Newbury Racecourse, finish.jpg
Horserace finishing at Newbury
Newbury Racecourse Road, view from the Nuffield Health Gym Newbury Racecourse Road.jpg
Newbury Racecourse Road, view from the Nuffield Health Gym

History

The racecourse held its first race meeting on 26/27 September 1905 at its current location, in the Greenham area on the south-east side of Newbury, West Berkshire.

The first recorded racing at Newbury took place in 1805 with "Newbury Races", an annual two-day race meeting at Enborne Heath. The meeting lasted until 1811 when it transferred to Woodhay Heath until 1815.

Newbury Racecourse didn't come into existence for another 90 years when Kingsclere trainer, John Porter proposed a new racecourse at Newbury. The Jockey Club had laid down strict qualifications for new racecourses and after Porter's plans were rejected several times, a chance meeting with King Edward VII brought about a further application which with the King's support was approved by the Jockey Club.

In April 1904 the Newbury Racecourse Company was formed and purchased the land and then construction began of the buildings and stables at a cost of £57,240.

On 26 and 27 September 1905 the first ever racemeeting took place at Newbury Racecourse with Copper King ridden by Charlie Trigg and trained by Charles Marnes winning the opening race, the Whatcombe Handicap. Marnes was presented with a Silver Cup (value £25) and Trigg received a gold mounted whip (value £10).

It was fitting that John Porter trained Zelis to win the Regulation Plate on 27 September, providing the only winner at Newbury for course's founder as he retired from training at the end of the 1905 season.

National Hunt racing followed shortly after Flat racing and in 1906, nine days racing were planned for Newbury in 1906 – six on the Flat and three over Jumps. A members badge which also covered the two days in 1905 was priced at 7 guineas.

During the First World War Newbury Racecourse was used as a prisoner-of-war camp for German prisoners. [1] [2]

In September 2020 it was reported that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newbury Racecourse had experienced a 68% loss of turnover for the first 6 months of 2020. [3]

In January 2021 a COVID-19 vaccination centre was established at Newbury Racecourse. [4] [5]

Notable events

On 14 August 2010, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for Where We Are Tour supporting their album Where We Are. The concert was sold-out and contributed to a record 30,000 attendance for the following day of racing. [6]

Each year the racecourse hosts two music nights, with acts in recent years including: Jess Glynne, Olly Murs, Craig David, Rudimental and Sir Tom Jones.

Facilities

The racecourse has a dedicated railway station, which sees heavy traffic and additional trains on race days. It also acts as a venue for conferences, meetings, weddings and Hen and Stag parties. [7]

2011 incident

On 12 February 2011, two horses, Marching Song and Fenix Two, collapsed and died in the Paddock while parading for the first race of the day. Two others also appeared to have been affected, Kid Cassidy and The Merry Giant. The novice hurdle race went ahead, starting about 20 min late, but the rest of the day's racing was abandoned. [8] [9]

On 17 February, the preliminary results of the investigation into the incident were released.

Professor Tim Morris, Director of Equine Science and Welfare for the British Horseracing Authority, reported that they had been informed that there had been leakage from an electrical cable running under the parade ring. Both the horses had been examined postmortem and sudden cardiac arrest, consistent with accidental electrocution, had been identified as the cause of death and no other cause of death was further investigated.

Professor Morris also stated:

I can also confirm that, contrary to speculation, no evidence of any burn marks around the mouth was found on post mortem examination, neither were such marks found by the veterinary surgeons on the horses at the start. [10]

Notable races

MonthDOWRace NameTypeGradeDistanceAge/Sex
FebruarySaturday Game Spirit Chase ChaseGrade 22m 1f 5yo +
FebruarySaturday Betfair Hurdle HurdleGrade 32m 110y4yo +
FebruarySaturday Denman Chase ChaseGrade 23m 5yo +
FebruarySaturday Winter Bumper N H FlatConditions2m 110y4yo-6yo
MarchSaturday Greatwood Gold Cup ChaseGrade 32m 4f 5yo +
AprilSaturday Fred Darling Stakes FlatGroup 37f 3yo only f
AprilSaturday John Porter Stakes FlatGroup 31m 4f 5y4yo +
AprilSaturday Greenham Stakes FlatGroup 37f 3yo only
MaySaturday Fillies' Trial Stakes FlatConditions1m 2f3yo only f
MaySaturday Carnarvon Stakes FlatConditions6f3yo only
MaySaturday Aston Park Stakes FlatConditions1m 4f3yo only f
MaySaturday Lockinge Stakes FlatGroup 11m 4yo +
JuneThursday Abingdon Stakes FlatConditions1m 2f3yo only f
JulySaturday Weatherbys Super Sprint FlatConditions5f 34y2yo only
JulySaturday Hackwood Stakes FlatGroup 36f 8y3yo +
AugustFriday St Hugh's Stakes FlatConditions5f 34y2yo only f
AugustSaturday Geoffrey Freer Stakes FlatGroup 31m 5f 61y3yo +
AugustSaturday Hungerford Stakes FlatGroup 27f 3yo +
AugustSaturday Denford Stakes FlatConditions7f 2yo only
SeptemberFriday Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes FlatConditions1m 2yo only
SeptemberSaturday Legacy Cup FlatGroup 31m 3f 5y3yo +
SeptemberSaturday Mill Reef Stakes FlatGroup 26f 8y2yo only
SeptemberSaturday World Trophy FlatGroup 35f 34y3yo +
OctoberSaturday St. Simon Stakes FlatGroup 31m 4f3yo +
OctoberSaturday Horris Hill Stakes FlatGroup 37f 2yo only
NovemberThursday Gerry Feilden Hurdle HurdleHandicap2m 110y4yo+
NovemberThursday John Francome Novices' Chase ChaseGrade 23m 4yo +
NovemberFriday Berkshire Novices' Chase ChaseGrade 22m 4f 4yo +
NovemberSaturday Long Distance Hurdle HurdleGrade 23m 110y4yo +
NovemberSaturday Ladbrokes Trophy ChaseGrade 33m 2f 110y4yo +
December29th Challow Novices' Hurdle HurdleGrade 12m 5f 4yo +

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Coordinates: 51°23′40″N1°18′2″W / 51.39444°N 1.30056°W / 51.39444; -1.30056