A Visitors Guide to Newmarket

Many of us are veterans of the Rowley Mile and July courses but the town has a great deal more to offer than just racing upon its venerable turf. If immersion in the equine world is your thing, there is no finer place to tip yourself in than Newmarket; a self-contained idyll of everything horse, situated in the far reaches of Cambridgeshire as the flat lands give way to the shapely folds of the beautiful west Suffolk countryside. For racing folk everywhere, the place just bubbles with goodness driveway bollards belfast.

The chalk downland of Newmarket Heath is an exceptional piece of ground upon which to prepare and train horses. Local lore has it that Boadicea (Boudica), warrior Queen of the Iceni, had her camp at nearby Exning and trained her horses and chariots there upon the ancient heath. Racing at Newmarket has been dated as far back as 1174, the earliest known racing venue of the modern era.

King James I greatly increased the popularity of racing in Newmarket, and King Charles I followed this by inaugurating the first cup race in 1634. An association which gathered pace during the Restoration of 1660, and the reign of King Charles II, who became passionately involved with the sport and the last English monarch to ride a race winner at Newmarket. The bushes on the Rowley Mile mark his favourite position for spectating across the course he devised for late summer and spring

My favourite time to visit the Rowley Mile is in October on Champions Day, the highest class single day’s flat racing in Europe. This is a terrific meeting with an excellent blend of races, made all the better by manageable attendance levels. Unlike the Guineas meet, it remains relatively simple to achieve a good position at the paddock and for the race itself – so difficult around the country at other times.