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Newbury History

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.

Newbury Contact Info

Phone +44 (0)1635 40015

Fax +44 (0)1635 528354

Website www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Email info@newbury-racecourse.co.uk

Physical Address Newbury Racecourse plc
The Racecourse
RG14 7NZ

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