The Newbury Racecourse Company was founded in April 1904, while the racecourse opened on September 26, 1905, and held its first race meeting on 26/27 at its current location. National Hunt racing followed shortly after Flat racing, and in 1906, nine days of racing were planned for Newbury in 1906 – six on the Flat and three over Jumps. During the First World War, the track was utilized as a prisoner-of-war camp for German prisoners. In September 2020, the track experienced a 68% loss of turnover for the first six months of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By January 2021, a COVID-19 vaccination center was established at Newbury Racecourse.
It is located in the civil parish of Greenham, adjoining the town of Newbury in Berkshire, England. It hosts one of Great Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Lockinge Stakes. It is also one of the most famous and prestigious racing venues in the UK, providing world-class racing, hospitality, and excellent facilities for conferences and events. Furthermore, it is acknowledged by several as the best dual-purpose racecourse in the UK and the second largest center for training racehorses after Newmarket.
It has a grandstand with a capacity of 1000 seats. It has a left-handed track measuring one mile and seven furlongs round and is oval. It has a straight mile, so all races from 5-7 furlongs are run on the straight course. However, there is also a mile track around the bend as well. Both courses (Hurdle/Chase) are reasonably stiff, though a low casualty rate over the last five seasons. The jumps track is known for its stiff fences and is galloping in nature.
It has its Newbury Racecourse 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. There are also cash machines in both enclosures accepting all major UK debit cards.