About Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket Racecourse is a racecourse located in the town of Newmarket, Suffolk. It’s around 15 miles west of Cambridge, and 60 miles north of London.
Newmarket Racecourse is one of the UK’s premier destinations, and often dubbed as “the headquarters of British racing”. It has an excellent claim to this title too, hosting two of the country’s five classics: the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas! Not to mention it’s the home to many of the biggest horse racing organisations in the country!
Newmarket Racecourse only stages Flat racing events at its venue; however, it does have two tracks! Both tracks are “L” shaped, with a long straight, a bend, then a straight sprint finish! The Cesarewitch track is about two and a half miles long, while the July track is closer to two miles. The big difference between these two courses is in the finish. The Cesarewitch track finishes with an uphill sprint; while the July track finishes with a downhill sprint!
Newmarket Racecourse is home to a vast sum of notable races! They can even boast they host 9 of British racing’s 36 annual Group 1 races! Of these, two stand out: the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas!
The 1,000 Guineas takes place in late April every year and is open to three-year-old-fillies. It runs over a distance of 1 mile, but more importantly, has a prize pool of £500k!
The 2,000 Guineas takes place the week before the 1,000 Guineas. This race is open to colts and fillies aged three and runs over a distance of 1 mile! Moreover, the 2,000 Guinness manages an even larger prize pool of £523,750!
The biggest race that takes place every year on the July course is the July Cup. This race has a 145-year-old history and is open to horses aged three or older. Again, Newmarket Racecourse offers a £500k prize pool for this race!