January 28 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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Chelmsford City racecourse opened its gates today, returning racing to Essex for the first time since Great Leighs closed in 2009.
It has been dogged by financial and regulatory problems from the start, fell at the first hurdle back in 2008 and has changed owners more than once, but today racing at Chelmsford City Racecourse got off to a flying start.
An expert believes contractors may have unearthed a legendary racehorse during excavations for a major new tourist attraction in Newmarket.
Helen Macdonald has won this year’s Costa Prize for her memoir H Is For Hawk.
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.