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.
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.
There are more than a few notable races held at this racecourse. These include include:
National Hunt Races
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.