|Newbury Racecourse is to be found
neighboring the town of Newbury in Berkshire, England, in the societal
village of Greenham, and hosts one of Great Britain's Group 1 flat
races, the Lockinge Stakes.
In 1805 the 'Newbury Races' was the first documented racing to
take place in the town of Newbury at Enborne Heath and was a yearly two
day race meet, which ended in 1811. It was then relocated to Woodhay
Heath until 1815.
90 years later, John Porter - the trainer of Kingsclere,
approached The Jockey Club with the proposition of a new racecourse at
Newbury. His plans were declined on several occasions, and it was a
chance meeting with King Edward VII that assisted Mr Porter in his
vision. His application - supported by the King, was successful, and in
April 1904 the Newbury Racecourse Company was created, the land
purchased, and the construction of Newbury Racecourse began.
The inaugural race meet took place at Newbury Racecourse on 26th
and 27th September 1905, with the horse Zelis, aptly winning the
Regulation Plate on the 27th. It would prove to be a momentous occasion,
as by the end of the 1905 season, the course's creator would retire from
training, and as this was be his only win at Newbury.
In 1910, the track moved to Greenham, its present site, and has
its own railway station - Newbury Racecourse railway station and in the
middle of the course it also boasts a runway for light aircrafts.
The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup's foundational run was held on 26
November 1960, making it the most renowned race at Newbury, and also
began the longest uninterrupted sponsorship in British sporting history.
The Fulke Walwyn Steeplechase is held at the Hennessy Meeting in
remembrance of the jockey and trainer Fulke Walwyn who is currently the
most successful trainer in the race yet, seizing 7 wins in the Hennessy
Cognac Gold Cup.