Welcome to Newmarket News
Welcome to Newmarket News. Newmarket News is a recent incarnation of newmarket.org.uk and provides the latest horse racing news (including Newmarket race days and other events such as Newmarket Nights) and other news from Newmarket.
Newmarket is the home of horse racing and is situated about 65 miles north of London in the county of Suffolk.
Newmarket is no stranger to British royalty since the time of King James I who visited in 1605 calling the place a “poor little village”. Newmarket was also home to Charles I, Charles II and several monarchs since then. The current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, is a regular visitor as she has many horses in Newmarket in training. Charles Ist refused to surrender to Parliamentary force in Newmarket in 1642 which effectively started the English Civil War during which Newmarket remained Royalist throughout. However the King was captured in Northamptonshire in 1647 and brought to Newmarket to be kept prisoner.
Newmarket is home to 2 large and famous horse racetracks – The July Course and The Rowley Mile – and over fifty horse training stables with over 3,600 horses in training with over sixty horse breeding studs located nearby.
The horse racing industry is the primary source of employment for people in the town. Other major horse racing related landmarks include the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, the National Horseracing Museum and famour racehorse auctioneer Tattersalls.
The Cheltenham Festival is known as one of the most prestigious in all of Britain, and the richest race on the National Hunt calendar. It consists of four days of elite jump racing action, such that there are well over a dozen races over the course of the whole event.
Newmarket is the horse racing capital of the United Kingdom, hosting two famous race tracks, the July Course and the Rowley Mile, and two of the five English classics in the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas. Around 50 of the nation’s leading trainers have made it their home, and the human population of approximately 20,000 is joined by an equine contingent of more than 3,600.