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Newmarket Racecourse

Newmarket Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. It opened in 1667, at Newmarket.

History of Newmarket Racecourse

1636 – The racecourse was founded and spearheaded by King Charles II for its enhancement and expansion in Newmarket.

1666 – King Charles II returned to Newmarket.

1667 – The racecourse formally opened.

1671 – King Charles had ridden the victorious horse in the 1671 Newmarket Town Plate.

1720 – The result of the Newmarket Town Plate was recorded in the Newmarket Match Book for the first time.

1809 – 2000 Guineas is inaugurated.

1814 – 1000 Guineas is run for the first time.

1840 – There were seven annual meetings.

1914 – World War I – Official Royal Flying Corps in Newmarket.

1915 – Newmarket continued racing during World War I.

1939 – Rowley Mile became an official RAF Bomber Command Airbase.

1949 – Photo Finish was used for the first time at Newmarket.

1974 – Newmarket Racecourses became part of The Jockey Club.

1974 – Rookery Shopping Centre opened in Newmarket town.

1987 – Newmarket race nights were established.

1999 – The Newmarket program was moved to the July Course while the new Millennium Grandstand at the Rowley Mile was constructed.

2008 – Due to waterlogging at York, several races from the Ebor Festival were staged at the July Course, including three Group 1 races – the Yorkshire Oaks, the Nunthorpe, and the Juddmonte International.

2009 – 200th running of the 2000 Guineas.

2011 – Frankel produces an unforgettable performance to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

2015 – Kylie Minogue played at Newmarket Nights.

2016 – Newmarket Racecourses celebrate their 350th birthday in conjunction with Newmarket Town.

Track Details and other Facilities​

Track Details

  • 🐎Rowley Mile Course
    •  It measures 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2 km) straight with minor undulations towards ‘The Bushes’ and two furlongs (400 m) out.
    • The penultimate furlong (200 m) is downhill, and the last is uphill, forming ‘The Dip.’
    • Races beyond 1m 2f start on the ‘Cesarewitch’ or ‘Beacon’ course, in which the turns are right-handed into the straight.
    • It is for Flat racing only, with a capacity of over 20,000.
    • It has grass airstrips for use by light aircraft.
  • 🐎The July Course
    • Sometimes called the Summer Course, has a 1 mile (1600 m) straight, known as ‘The Bunbury Mile.’
    • There is a long downhill stretch after 2 furlongs (400 m) before the uphill furlong (200 m) to the finish.
    • It also uses the ‘Cesarewitch/Beacon’ course for longer distances, again turning right into the straight.
    • It is for Flat racing only, with a capacity of over 20,000.
    • It has grass airstrips for use by light aircraft.
  • 🐎The Round Course
    • Used only once a year for the Newmarket Town Plate.
    • If races need to be extended on the Rowley Mile Course, the Cesarewitch or the Beacon Course can be implemented.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Trackside Pavilions
    • Each pavilion offers privacy.
    • It is located at July Course.
  • 🐎Electric Car Charging Points
    • There are four electric charging points.
    • It is free of charge during race days at the Rowley Mile.
    • It is situated in the Annual Badge Car Park, to the left of the Premier Enclosure at the Rowley Mile.
  • 🐎Exhibitions
    • Exhibition Hall 1 – 4
    • It provides a place to hold exhibitions, product launches, or tradeshows in Suffolk.
    • It is located at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse.
  • 🐎Hong Kong Suite
    • It is mainly used for wedding civil ceremonies or exhibition space for trade shows.
  • 🐎The Frankel Lounge
    • It is an informal space ideal for networking, drinks receptions, celebrations, or as a catering area for outdoor team-building events.
    • It can accommodate 120 guests.

Meetings & Conferences

  • 🐎The Millennium Suite
    • It is the principal function room.
    • It is located at Rowley Mile.
  • 🐎Large Executive Boxes
    • It provides a luxurious setting for small meetings, training events, and interviews.
    • It is located at Rowley Mile.
  • 🐎The Guineas Suite
    • It is a suite suitable for conferences and meetings.
    • It is located at Rowley Mile.


  • 🐎Champions Gallery
    • It is located at the heart of the historic Rowley Mile
    • The price of packages starts from £162.
  • 🐎Summer House Restaurant
    • It is located in the Premier Enclosure at the heart of The July Course.
  • 🐎Mozart’s Bistro
    • It is an open-air restaurant offering cold and hot quick lunch options.
    • It is situated at the July Course.
  • 🐎The Devils Dyke Restaurant
    • It is situated at the Rowley Mile.
  • 🐎The Frankel Lounge
    • It overlooks the parade ring and serves seafood and champagne.
    • It is situated at the Rowley Mile.
  • 🐎Private Boxes
    • It is located on the Fourth floor of the Millennium Grandstand.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Newmarket Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • It features flat racing every April to early November spread across Newmarket’s two racecourses, The Rowley Mile and The July Course.

Major Events

  • 🐎THE BOODLES JULY FESTIVAL (at July Racecourse)
    • Day 1 – Ladies’ Day
      • It is packed with seven-race cards and is headlined by the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Stakes over a mile and a half.
    • Day 2 – Festival Friday
      • It is headlined by a top-level contest in the form of the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile.
      • The race offers the first high-profile opportunity for the top three-year-old fillies to test themselves against older rivals.
    • Day 3 – July Cup Day
      • The final day and the pinnacle of the Boodles July Festival.
      • It is all about the Pertemps Network July Cup.

Major Races

      • 🐴July Cup
      • 🐴QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day
      • 🐴QIPCO 1000 Guineas Day

Races at Rowley Mile

Graded Races

  • Grade I
      • 🐴2,000 Guineas Stakes
      • 🐴1,000 Guineas Stakes
      • 🐴Sun Chariot Stakes
      • 🐴Fillies’ Mile
      • 🐴Cheveley Park Stakes
      • 🐴Dewhurst Stakes
      • 🐴Middle Park Stakes
  • Grade II
      • 🐴Jockey Club Stakes
      • 🐴Joel Stakes
      • 🐴Royal Lodge Stakes
      • 🐴Challenge Stakes
      • 🐴Rockfel Stakes
  • Grade III
      • 🐴Nell Gwyn Stakes
      • 🐴Abernant Stakes
      • 🐴Earl of Sefton Stakes
      • 🐴Craven Stakes
      • 🐴Palace House Stakes
      • 🐴Dahlia Stakes
      • 🐴Criterion Stakes
      • 🐴Somerville Tattersall Stakes
      • 🐴Princess Royal Stakes
      • 🐴Oh So Sharp Stakes
      • 🐴Zetland Stakes
      • 🐴Autumn Stakes
      • 🐴Darley Stakes
  • Listed Races
      • 🐴Feilden Stakes
      • 🐴Newmarket Stakes
      • 🐴Pretty Polly Stakes
      • 🐴Fairway Stakes
  • Handicap Races
      • 🐴European Free Handicap
      • 🐴Cambridgeshire Handicap
      • 🐴Cesarewitch Handicap

Races at July Course

Graded Races

  • Grade I
      • 🐴Falmouth Stakes
      • 🐴July Cup
  • Grade II
      • 🐴Princess of Wales’s Stakes
      • 🐴July Stakes
      • 🐴Duchess of Cambridge Stakes
      • 🐴Superlative Stakes
Grade III
      • 🐴Bahrain Trophy
      • 🐴Sweet Solera Stakes
  • Listed Races
      • 🐴Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
      • 🐴Hopeful Stakes
  • Handicap Races
      • 🐴Bunbury Cup

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Membership and Offers:
    • New Market Annual Badge
      • Annual Badge will access all 39 race days across the Rowley Mile and July Course.
    • Concessions
      • It offers £5.00 off the on-the-day gate price for Premier, Grandstand, and Paddock Enclosures.
    • The Bunbury 18-24 Annual Badge
      • Exclusive access to Annual Badge Holders only facilities in the Premier Enclosure
      • Admission to all race days, including live music events, regardless of sell-outs
      • Parking space in the Annual Badge Holders Car Park
  • The Rowley Mile is located in the heart of the East of England, Suffolk/Cambridgeshire countryside.
  • Parking at Rowley Mile
    • Public Parking
      • Ample free car parking.
    • Accessible Parking
      • Blue badge parking in both the Premier and Public car parks.
    • Coach Parking
      • Free
  • The July Course is situated in rural Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
  • Parking at July Racecourse
    • Public Parking
      • Free to all attending the race meeting.
    • Accessible Parking
      • Access via Gate 4 for Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosure ticket holders.
    • Coach Parking
      • Free


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