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Situated just to the west of the town known in racing as ‘Headquarters’, Newmarket has two Flat racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course. Both are typified by having long and wide straight tracks and the massive local horse popular ensures that competitive action is staged right through the Flat season.
Action takes place on the Rowley Mile in April and May before the action switches to the July course in midsummer before returning to the Rowley Mile for the autumn.
Feature races at Newmarket include the Classic trials – the Craven Stakes and Nell Gwyn Stakes – at the April meeting, the first Classics in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in May, the July Cup and Falmouth Stakes at the July meeting, and the top juvenile races, the Middle Park Stakes, Cheveley Park Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes and Fillies Mile in the Autumn. The two October fixtures also host big handicaps in the form of the Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch.
The Cesarewitch course is two and a half miles in extent, and despite the run-in of ten furlongs, in big fields those drawn low are at a disadvantage. A wide, galloping track with an uphill finish that is ideal for the big, long-striding horse, except for the descent into the Dip where those types can become unbalanced. Ability to see out the trip thoroughly is essential, and those that commit for home too early can be caught out by the uphill run to the line.
With the longest straight in Britain and just one turn to negotiate in distance races, this is a lovely course to ride. Surprisingly, though, there are one or two ridges, even before the run down into the Dip, and you need to ride them smoothly. The other thing a jockey has to remember is that it’s a long way up that finishing hill - you’ll see plenty caught in the closing stages. Because of the chalk base, it can ride very lively, and the wind direction is vital. Getting cover is so, so important when it’s in your face.
The July Course is two miles and a furlong in extent with a right-handed bend at halfway, the first mile being part of the Cesarewitch course, the last the straight Bunbury mile. Notwithstanding the undulations for the first three quarters of a mile of the straight, the course then running downhill for a furlong before climbing to the line, it is galloping in character and favours big, long-striding sorts. As with the Rowley Mile course, ability to see out the trip thoroughly is essential.
The major difference between the Rowley Mile and the July Course is that, whereas the former is uphill all the way to the line, the latter levels off - almost falling away - after an initial climb. It’s a lovely track, every bit as nice for jockeys as it is for summer racegoers, but, when you’re riding, you have to be on weather-watch, as sometimes there’s a faster strip on the far side, near the hospitality marquees. The long straight means it’s a very fair course, with no pace bias, and it’s ideally suited to class horses.
Distance Horse (Going) Date Winning time 5f Marsha (Good to Firm) 06 May 2017 58.18s 6f Earthlight (Good) 28 Sep 2019 1m 9.31s 7f Tomfre (Soft) 12 Oct 2019 1m 21.01s 1m Kameko (Good) 25 Sep 2020 1m 34.41s 1m 1f Majestic Dawn (Good) 26 Sep 2020 1m 46.94s 1m 2f Chain Of Daisies (Good) 13 Oct 2017 2m 2.02s 1m 4f Antonia De Vega (Good) 25 Sep 2020 2m 27.58s 1m 6f Desert Encounter (Good to Firm) 14 May 2016 3m 0.36s 2m Ranch Hand (Good) 24 Sep 2020 3m 23.71s 2m 2f Withhold (Good) 14 Oct 2017 3m 45.59s Distance Horse (Going) Date Winning time 5f Mountain Peak (Good to Firm) 12 Jul 2019 57.31s 6f Raffle Prize (Good to Firm) 12 Jul 2019 1m 9.09s 7f Light And Dark (Good to Firm) 12 Jul 2019 1m 21.78s 1m Alice Springs (Good to Firm) 08 Jul 2016 1m 34.42s 1m 2f Walkinthesand (Good to Firm) 12 Jul 2019 2m 0.61s 1m 4f Ghaiyyath (Good to Firm) 05 Jun 2020 2m 25.89s 1m 5f Spanish Mission (Good to Firm) 11 Jul 2019 2m 39.96s 1m 6f Withhold (Good to Firm) 01 Aug 2020 2m 53.4s 2m Graceful Lady (Good to Firm) 10 Aug 2019 3m 22.23s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L J H M Gosden 334 70 £1,282,928 20.96% -£41.22 C Appleby 259 67 £1,207,530 25.87% -£11.48 M Johnston 293 49 £1,002,021 16.72% £9.15 R Hannon 426 40 £973,001 9.39% -£105.08 R Varian 236 36 £547,965 15.25% -£66.74 W J Haggas 238 27 £327,845 11.34% -£94.53 R M Beckett 166 27 £458,706 16.27% £8.56 A M Balding 197 26 £708,939 13.2% -£17.84 S bin Suroor 107 23 £357,190 21.5% £0.20 A P O'Brien 135 17 £2,486,206 12.59% -£20.48
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L W Buick 286 70 £1,399,056 24.48% -£25.94 Oisin Murphy 264 47 £1,069,792 17.8% £44.65 James Doyle 270 36 £465,877 13.33% -£137.98 Andrea Atzeni 207 33 £412,344 15.94% -£77.07 R L Moore 280 30 £1,097,072 10.71% -£143.38 L Dettori 172 27 £1,252,382 15.7% -£60.43 Jim Crowley 197 27 £586,629 13.71% -£40.72 Harry Bentley 204 26 £460,812 12.75% -£72.74 S De Sousa 183 25 £563,831 13.66% -£33.82 R Havlin 140 24 £178,189 17.14% -£52.78
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Last Update: 24/01/2021 07:00
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