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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 Double Up (Good to Firm) 16 May 2015 57.44s 6f Captain Colby (Good to Firm) 16 May 2015 1m 9.55s 7f Tupi (Good to Firm) 16 May 2015 1m 21.98s 1m Legatissimo (Good to Firm) 03 May 2015 1m 34.6s 1m 1f Wissahickon (Good to Firm) 29 Sep 2018 1m 48.01s 1m 2f Albasharah (Good) 11 Oct 2014 2m 1.62s 1m 4f Queen Of Ice (Good) 26 Sep 2014 2m 27.55s 1m 6f Elidor (Good to Firm) 16 May 2015 2m 53.74s 2m Justice Belle (Good to Firm) 22 Sep 2016 3m 24.13s 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 Dame Malliot (Good) 20 Jul 2019 2m 27.52s 1m 5f Spanish Mission (Good to Firm) 11 Jul 2019 2m 39.96s 1m 6f King's Advice (Good to Firm) 12 Jul 2019 2m 53.53s 2m Graceful Lady (Good to Firm) 10 Aug 2019 3m 22.23s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L C Appleby 254 71 £1,015,683 27.95% £9.56 J H M Gosden 338 61 £1,183,897 18.05% -£39.22 R Hannon 423 49 £1,009,652 11.58% -£29.19 M Johnston 291 48 £1,088,621 16.49% -£6.17 R Varian 227 33 £550,030 14.54% -£31.03 A P O'Brien 144 31 £4,483,798 21.53% £34.31 W J Haggas 200 28 £431,924 14% -£77.97 A M Balding 183 23 £438,170 12.57% -£40.55 S bin Suroor 122 21 £299,649 17.21% -£24.25 Sir Michael Stoute 149 18 £378,936 12.08% -£64.25
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L W Buick 254 52 £885,095 20.47% -£33.68 James Doyle 296 50 £748,827 16.89% -£117.86 R L Moore 291 47 £2,960,882 16.15% -£98.56 Jim Crowley 257 39 £541,515 15.18% -£83.75 Oisin Murphy 230 34 £582,889 14.78% -£13.89 S De Sousa 244 32 £789,970 13.11% -£59.59 L Dettori 194 31 £1,177,524 15.98% £2.93 Andrea Atzeni 210 31 £456,800 14.76% -£56.40 Harry Bentley 195 30 £528,999 15.38% -£48.77 Dane O'Neill 132 22 £208,742 16.67% -£4.97
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