March 27 2015 Latest news:
Newmarket is famed across the world as the home of horse racing.
The Suffolk town’s two state-of-the-art courses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course, host some of the planet’s best race meetings every year from April to November.
And this year, for the first time ever, racing editor Terry Redhead will be bringing you full previews and reports from all the meetings at racing’s headquarters.
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Spandau Ballet are off to the races, joining this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.
Lauren Braithwaite and John Ferguson, two of East Anglia’s top Point-To-Point trainers, both enjoyed double success at the East Essex fixture at a chilly Marks Tey, near Colchester, on Saturday.
Dickie Collinson, Andrew Pennock and James Owen dominated the Suffolk Point-To-Point at Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds, yesterday (Sunday).
Ely Cathedral’s highly regarded youth choir, the Ely Imps, is performing a concert in aid of the mayor’s chosen charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Newmarket is widely known as the headquarters of British horseracing and as well as the racecourses, the town is also home to the National Stud, Tattersalls, the National Horseracing Museum and a large cluster of training yards.
The town’s racing history dates back to the 17th century and it still plays an important part in British racing, hosting nine of the 32 annual Group 1 races.
Newmarket comprises two wide, galloping courses – the Rowley mile Course and the July Course – both of which are only used for flat races.
This course is used during the spring and autumn months. It has a grass strip that was previously used by the RAF and now used by light aircraft.
Towards the end of the course, there is a downhill section before the final uphill furlong, a section known as ‘The Dip’. Two of the country’s five classic races – the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,00 Guineas – are run on the Rowley Mile Course.
As the name suggests, this course is used for summer meetings. It has a one-mile straight, known as the Bunbury Mile, there is then a long downhill section followed by an uphill furlong towards the finish line.
The course can be extended by using the Cesarewitch/Beacon course.
The July Course actually sits over the border in Cambridgeshire.