The Berkshire Stand and The Grandstand
|Date opened||26 September 1905|
|Screened on||Racing UK|
|Notable races||Lockinge Stakes, Challow Novices' Hurdle|
The Racecourse, Newbury is a racecourse in the civil parish of Greenham, adjoining the town of Newbury in Berkshire, England. It has courses for flat races and over jumps. It hosts one of Great Britain's 31 Group 1 flat races, the Lockinge Stakes.
The racecourse held its first race meeting on 26/27 September 1905 at its current location, in the Greenham area on the south-east side of Newbury. During the First World War Newbury Race Course was used as a prisoner-of-war camp for German prisoners.
Queen Elizabeth II spent her 86th birthday at Newbury Racecourse. She watched the races from the Royal Box although her two horses, Sequence ridden by Ryan Moore and Momentary ridden by Hayley Turner, did not win.
The racecourse has a runway for light aircraft in the centre of the course and a dedicated railway station, which sees heavy traffic and additional trains on race days. It also acts as a venue for conferences, weddings and Hen and Stag parties.
On 12 February 2011, two horses – Marching Song and Fenix Two – collapsed and died in the Paddock while parading for the first race of the day. Two others also appeared to have been affected, Kid Cassidy and The Merry Giant. The novice hurdle race went ahead, starting about 20 minutes late, but the rest of the day's racing was abandoned.
On 17 February, the preliminary results of the investigation into the incident were released.
Professor Tim Morris, Director of Equine Science and Welfare for the British Horseracing Authority, reported that they had been informed that there had been leakage from an electrical cable running under the parade ring. Both the horses had been examined postmortem and sudden cardiac arrest had been identified as the cause of death, consistent with accidental electrocution being the cause of death, and that no other cause of death was being investigated.
Professor Morris also stated:
I can also confirm that, contrary to speculation, no evidence of any burn marks around the mouth was found on post mortem examination, neither were such marks found by the veterinary surgeons on the horses at the start.
- Arc Trial
- Fillies' Trial Stakes
- Fred Darling Stakes
- Geoffrey Freer Stakes
- Greenham Stakes
- Hackwood Stakes
- Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes
- Horris Hill Stakes
- Hungerford Stakes
- John Porter Stakes
- Lockinge Stakes
- Mill Reef Stakes
- St. Simon Stakes
- Washington Singer Stakes
- Weatherbys Super Sprint
- World Trophy
- Aon Chase
- Challow Novices' Hurdle
- Game Spirit Chase
- Greatwood Gold Cup
- Hennessy Gold Cup
- Long Distance Hurdle
- http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=141259 Great War Forum
- http://www.purley.eu/H142P/P352.pdf Royal Berkshire Regiment Great War Project
- Ted Thornhill, "The Queen celebrates her birthday at the races while a 62-gun salute marks the occasion in explosive style in London", Daily Mail, 21 April 2012
- "Corporate events, race sponsorship and venue hire at Newbury Racecourse". Newbury Racecourse. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Electrocution blamed as two horses die at Newbury races". BBC Sport. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- J.A. McGrath and Adam Lusher "Horses drop dead in bizarre scenes at Newbury", Telegraph website, 12 February 2011
- Newbury Racecourse statement (retrieved 22 February 2011)
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