NEWMARKET..... an overview

Newmarket virtually revolves around horses and the whole town and surrounding Heath is geared towards the training and safety of the horses and the stable lads and lasses. There are over 70 Trainers in the town and well over 2000 horses in training. To accommodate all these valuable highly strung thoroughbreds and get them to the myriad of training grounds and gallops, there are miles of horse-walks all through the town and special places for crossing the busy roads.

The Gallops in Newmarket are second to none there is hardly ever a day when trainers are unable to work their horses, as there is so much choice of all weather and turf tracks. You can view maps of the gallops here Newmarket sports two grade one racecourses, the Rowley Mile, which is used in the Spring and Autumn and the July Course for the Summer. The Rowley Mile boasts a modern and costly grandstand which has been in use since the turn of the century and is an excellent venue parties and conferences. The July Course underwent a massive expansion and refurbishment in 2006/7, but still maintains a relaxed atmosphere and has excellent evening meetings during the Summer with live music after the racing. The Jockey Club has its headquarters here in Newmarket while one of the worlds leading bloodstock auctioneers, Tattersalls, is also resident in town and also, many of the top jockeys live here and can be seen riding work in the early hours, if you are prepared to get out of bed in time! Please find below details of the fixtures allocated to Newmarket for the current year.



Tuesday 16th April
Wednesday 17th April
Thursday 18th April

Saturday 4th May
Sunday 5th May

Thursday 16th May (Evening)
Friday 17th May
Saturday 18th May

Saturday 8th June

Friday 21st June (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 22nd June

Thursday 26th June
Friday 27th June (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 28th June

Thursday 11th July
Friday 12th July
Saturday 13th July

Friday 19th July (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 20th July

Friday 26th July (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 27th July

Friday 2nd August (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 3rd August

Friday 9th August (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 10th August

Friday 16th August (evening - Act tbc)
Saturday 17th August

Saturday 24th August


Saturday 21st September

Thursday 26th September
Friday 27th September
Saturday 28th September

Saturday 5th October

Friday 11th October
Saturday 12th October

Tuesday 23rd October

Friday 1st November
Saturday 2nd November

Of course, in recent years there has become so much more to Newmarket than just racing…

The town is the home of the National Horseracing Museum, recently re-located  to a purpose built site within the grounds of Palace House Stables and branded as the Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art and houses an impressive array of artefacts, historical souvenirs and memorabilia that is a must-see if you are coming to town.

The impressive recently built venue also houses a working yard and provides visitors with a close-up view of life in a working yard and many former, famous racehorses are here for you to meet.


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Newmarket Trainers 'clean up' in Oz!

The principal event at the Melbourne Carnival, was for the first time dominated by the British and in Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter, Newmarket, once again produced the ultimate victor, the first British trained winner of the global event that is The Melbourne Cup.

In what was a tremedous feat, the Brits filled the first three places with Charlie Fellowes' late qualifier, Prince of Arran also filling the third spot, almost as great an achievement, given the proximity of the big race, to his qualification, as winning the great prize. So, once again, Newmarket was first and third in one of the biggest races int he calendar and congratulations go to Sheikh Mohammed and the whole of the Godolphin operation and, of course, to Charlie Fellowes and his team at St Gatien.

More Booty for Bury Road..

It was the yards at the top of Bury Road who plundered rich pickings from the annual Breeders Cup Jamboree in the US. John Gosden's Enable once again landed the biggest 12f prize on offer just as she had done in Paris a few weeks earlier while Sir Michael Stoute proved as adept as ever, when landing the Breeders Cup Mile with Expert Eye, under a superb Frankie Dettori, proving the tight mile to be well within his compass. Its been a hugely productive season for the top of Bury Road with Mr Gosden plundering most of the seasons biggest prizes while Sir Michael has a King George and Breeders Cup to add to his long list of achievements.

The following day, the soon to retire, Luca Cumani, landed his final Group One as God Given stepped back in trip in style to win in his native Italy. An excellent week-end for residents of Bury Road...

Bailey's Vision

We are pleased to announce the first contribution from Racing's Chaplain, Simon Bailey is now available. Simon pays respect to the skills of Trainers in general and recounts the benefit of competition, in all aspects of life. Oh and if England are looking for a successor after the retirement of 'Chef', Alastair Cook, Simon may well have the answer. Enjoy his views here.

Luca Cumani

Undoubtedly, the biggest news this week is the retirement of one of the towns greatest trainers. Luca Cumani, twice the winner of The Derby and a real pathfinder in plundering big money prizes abroad, the benefit of which many of the town's trainers now gain, has indicated the time is right for him to hand in his license and concentrate on the activities at the family's stud. He will do so in December.

Training for over 43 years, Luca has won just about every domestic prize but, through firstly, Tolomeo, then Barathea and succeeded by a whole host of others it was his ability to eye an opportunity to trek abroad when it was not nearly so prevalent as it is today, that set him apart. The trainer of over 1800 domestic winners, we wish him a long and happy retirement.

Newmarket Trainers dominate Europe's richest race

Newmarket Trainers were right to the fore on the richest days racing in Europe today with John Gosden and William Haggas providing a thrilling finish with Enable just jolding on to win the race for the second time, from the fast finishing and desperately unlucky, Sea Of Class. With Charlie Appleby and Saeed Bin Suroor also saddling winners on the day, it was a highly successful jaunt to the French capital once again.