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A Punters Guide to NEWBURY RaceTrack - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.NEWBURY Racecourse Facts.

A description of Newbury Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Newbury Racecourse.

Newbury Racecourse is located at Greenham,Newbury,Berkshire in the south of England.

One of the premier racecourses in England and they host top class flat meetings and also National Hunt fixtures.

Like most courses in England,they race left handed at Newbury.

Oval circuit of about 1 mile and 7 furlongs - long straight with slight undulations.


Newbury can hold flat races on a straight course from 5 furlongs right up to 1 mile in distance.

Horses,particularly over the National Hunt course,need stamina and determination to win at Newbury.

Draw bias - flat races on the straight course favour high numbers,particulary on soft ground,and the bigger the field the bigger the advantage.

Newbury is quite spacious and fair track that suits front running and free galloping types of horse,as all the bends are long and easy to negotiate.

National Hunt chasers need to jump well to win at Newbury as the fences are much stiffer than many other race tracks.Eleven fences (2 open ditches)  in total each circuit,with a demanding 4 fences in the straight - run in from last of about 250 yards.

Track is flat and wide,and many trainers like to introduce their best 2 year olds here for racing debut.

Long straight and run in for National Hunt races mean the result is not settled until the line is reached - hold up horses,particularly hurdlers, do well at Newbury.

The highlight of the flat season at Newbury is the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes.

The main race during the National Hunt season is the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup held in November.

The first meeting held at Newbury Racecourse was in 1905.

First race at Newbury was won by Copper King,ridden by Charles Trigg - prize money £25.

National Hunt racing followed flat racing by one year and started in 1906.

No racing at Newbury during First World War as the racecourse was used as a prison for German captives.

If you are traveling by light aircraft or helicopter,you can land on course - but you must arrange with management beforehand.

Queen Elizabeth 11 is a regular at Newbury,and spent her 86th birthday at the races here.

Bizarre incident happened at Newbury in February 2011 - 2 horses dropped dead in parade ring - apparently by some electrical force transmitted through the turf from underground cables,and the meeting was abandoned.

Newbury race about 30 days each year with top class flat and National Hunt fixtures.


Plenty of fast food outlets at Newbury Racecourse,but if you want a sit down restaurant meal - book in advance !.

Combine racing with golf - Newbury has its own 18 hole golf course within the racecourse.

Disabled visitors are made very welcome at Newbury with special viewing areas and also toilets in all enclosures.

Go racing at Newbury and see a concert after racing - with top acts performing at The Party In The Paddock events.

Hen parties,conferences,weddings and other functions are held at Newbury throughout the year - contact events manager for details.

Strict Jockey Club restrictions on new racecourses at the time were overcome when King Edward V11 gave his support to Newburys application after several unsuccessful attempts.

Newbury Racecourse is an ideal destination for racegoers who travel by train as there is a main line station adjacent to the track.

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