Newbury Racecourse

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Newbury
Newbury Stands.jpg
The Berkshire Stand and The Grandstand
Location Newbury, Berkshire
Coordinates 51°23′40″N 1°18′2″W / 51.39444°N 1.30056°W / 51.39444; -1.30056
Date opened 26 September 1905
Screened on Racing UK
Course type Flat
National Hunt
Notable races Lockinge Stakes, Challow Novices' Hurdle
Official website

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.

Horserace finishing at Newbury
Crowds at Newbury
Cois Farraig jumps the last in front at Newbury

History[edit]

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.[1][2]

Notable events[edit]

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.[3]

Facilities[edit]

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.[4]

2011 incident[edit]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

Notable races[edit]

Flat racing:

National Hunt racing:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°23′40″N 1°18′2″W / 51.39444°N 1.30056°W / 51.39444; -1.30056