Newmarket is praised by many as the home of horse racing in Britain. Located in Newmarket, Suffolk, this renowned racecourse consists of two individual tracks. These are the Rowley Mile and the July Course. More training yards are found at Newmarket than any other course in the country. It’s also home to key horse racing institutions, such as the National Horseracing Museum, Tattersalls, and National Stud.
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History of Newmarket
Host of nine Group 1 races throughout the year, racing at Newmarket is a top-class affair that began around the time of King James the First. Officially founded in 1636, it has the distinction of being the only racecourse where a reigning monarch (Charles II) rode a winner.
Track capacity of both courses is 20 000. The layout of each of the two tracks is distinctive:
- The Rowley Mile Course is a right-handed, L-shaped track with an immense two-kilometre (one mile and two furlongs) straight, which features a downhill 400 metres-200 metres before the finish, then a final uphill. There’s very little draw bias down the straight, but there is always unpredictability in such a wide track.
- Used only in summer months, the July Course shares its first 1800 metres with its neighbouring track. The concluding mile (Bunbury Mile) features an uphill final 200 metres, emphasising stamina. Very little draw bias is prominent, but frontrunners are touted as having a significant advantage on this track.