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Where is Newmarket Racecourse?
Newmarket Racecourse is just west of Newmarket in Suffolk, midway between Cambridge to the west and Bury St Edmunds to the east and easily reached from the A14 and the A11.
Newmarket rail station is 2km from the track with a free shuttle bus service operating on all racedays.
What Is Newmarket Famous For?
Newmarket is the historic and contemporary home of British flat racing. It houses many top stables plus the Dubai-owned Godolphin operation with horses training on the famous Newmarket Heath.
The first recorded Newmarket Races took place on the Heath in 1622 with the racecourse opening in 1636. It hosts close to 40 flat meetings per year from April to October.
Newmarket Racecourse Track Specifics
Newmarket Races take place on two courses: the Rowley Mile and the July Course which is used only in summer. The Rowley Mile is actually a mile and a quarter (2000m) in length with longer races starting on the Cesarewitch course. There is a dip before a climb to the finish making stamina an asset.
The July Course is two miles (3200m) long and comprises the Bunbury Mile and a mile of the Cesarewitch course. The right-hand turn into the Bunbury Mile is far sharper than that into the Rowley Mile. There are undulations on the run-in but this is a real galloping track.
Biggest Meetings at Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket hosts the first two Classics of the season in early May with the 2000 Guineas on the Saturday followed by Sunday's 1000 Guineas. But the most popular meeting is the three-day July Festival with the July Cup on the Saturday attracting some of the world's best sprinters. The Falmouth Stakes for fillies and mares is the other Group 1 on the Friday.
Visit the official Newmarket Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!