Newbury Racecourse is one of Britain’s top horse racing courses. It hosts several of the most notable races, including the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Lockinge Stakes. It is a top sporting venue that is steeped in horse racing tradition.
Map To Newbury Racecourse
Address: Newbury, RG14 7NY
Phone: 01635 40015
History of Newbury Racecourse
The history of Newbury Racecourse starts well before the actual racecourse was formed in 1904. It all started in 1805 with an annual two-day race at Enborne Heath. And though it changed locations, this became a tradition of Newbury Racecourse that lasted until 1815.
90 years after the start of the “Newbury Races”, Kingsclere trainer John Porter proposed that there be a new racecourse in Newbury. As the Jockey Club had strict regulations surrounding new racecourses, Porter’s plans were rejected several times. But, after a chance meeting with King Edward VII brought about an application with the King’s support, it was approved. The Newbury Racecourse Company was founded in April 1904 and construction on the new course began.
The first races at Newbury Racecourse were flat races run on September 26 and 27, 1905. This resulted in a win for Copper King ridden by Charles Trigg and trained by Charles Marnes. Marnes received a Silver Cup (valued at £25) and Trigg received a gold mounted whip (valued at £10). Soon after, National Hunt racing followed.
Notable Races at Newbury Racecourse
There are more than a few notable races held at this racecourse. These include include:
- Arc Trial
- Fillies’ Trial Stakes
- Fred Darling Stakes
- Geoffrey Freer Stakes
- Greenham Stakes
- Hackwood Stakes
- Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes
- Horris Hill Stakes
- Hungerford Stakes
- John Porter Stakes
- Lockinge Stakes
- Mill Reef Stakes
- St Simon Stakes
- Washington Singer Stakes
- Weatherbys Super Sprint
- World Trophy
National Hunt Races
- Aon Chase
- Challow Novices’ Hurdle
- Game Spirit Chase
- Hennessee Cognac Gold Cup
- Long Distance Hurdle
- Totesport.com Gold Cup
How to Get to Newbury Racecourse
- From M4 – Junction 13: Exit the M4 at Junction 13 and join the A34 for Newbury. Follow the signs to Newbury, joining the A339. Continue on A339 through two large roundabouts. At the third roundabout, take the first exit left onto Queens Road, and then fork right onto Greenham Road at the first mini roundabout. Take the first left onto Racecourse Road.
- From M3 – Junction 9: Exit the M3 at Junction 9 and join the A34 and South of Newbury. Leave the A34 at the exit sign posted Newbury B4640. Follow through Newtown to the roundabout by the Swan Inn. Travel straight over on the dual carriageway. Go straight over the first large roundabout and take the third exit on the second roundabout onto Queens Road. Fork right onto Greenham Road at the next mini roundabout and take the first left onto Racecourse Road.
- Newbury Racecourse has its own station, one stop from Newbury Station with direct connections to London, Paddington, and the West.
Facilities at Newbury Racecourse
Dining – There are a few different choices when it comes to dining at Newbury Racecourse. For a more casual experience head to Green’s Brasserie. There is no reservation necessary and with a menu that focuses on value, it is a suitable choice for all race goers. If you are in the mood for something a little more formal, make a reservation at the Hennessy Restaurant or Racegoers Restaurant. These two restaurants have a focus on fine dining and feature spectacular views of the track.
Conferences & Events – Newbury Racecourse is capable of hosting conferences, exhibitions, and a variety of events such as, filming, parties, weddings, dinners, dances, and outdoor events. They can accommodate up to 1000 delegates and offer such services as catering, stationary, flip chart, LCD projector, and screen.