Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot Racecourse is known for thoroughbred horse racing and is located on the north bank of River Teign, just a short distance to the north of Newton Abbot. The oval course is left-handed and covers 1 mile, 1 furlong and has seven fences for the circuit. The distance to the finish is a short run, which makes an easy ride in comparison to others around.

History of the course

The court held its first meeting back in 1866 after a sprawling 91 acres for the course was purchased. The racecourse wasn’t much when it began but was slowly modeled into a standard racecourse and in 1969 the first grandstand was officially opened by the Queen Mother. The inclusion of corporate facilities came later in 1990. The Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase is the most notable event in Newton Abbot’s calendar and never fails to attract crowds.

Greyhound races

Newton Abbot Racecourse used to host greyhound racing after the greyhound track in Kingskerswell was closed down. The track, which had an opening night on May 1974, hosted regular greyhound races until 2005 when the racecourse became fully focused on horse racing. The greyhound track had a grandstand that could be taken apart whenever there were horse races to be held.

Corporate events and hospitality

The course has come a long way since it opened its doors to outside events. The catering is top-class and there are plenty of corporate events held at the venue each year. Aside from horse racing, the venue also hosts other events such as antique fairs and car boot sales.

Sounds of the summer

The annual music festival held on the racecourse will be named Sounds of the Summer this year. The event is going to be headlined by the Grammy nominated UB40. The group, renowned for hits like Red wine, Food for thought and Cherry Oh baby will headline the event, which is set to have plenty of surprises for reggae fans.

With a race calendar running from March to October, the racecourse is always a buzz with activity. The splendid hospitality facilities have also made it a go to for all kinds of private functions.


Newcastle is a dual-race type course located in Gosforth Park within the City of Newcastle, North East England. It is owned by the Arena Racing Company, with races televised on At The Races.


Horse racing in the area has been existent for roughly three-and-a-half centuries, with King George II among the premieres to show interest in and support competitions. After periods of shifting, races finally found a home at the current location in 1882, when the Northumberland plate was first run here. The new course had some amazing facilities by the standards of that time, with flat and chase tracks, a grandstand and 100 horse stables.

More recent history was made at the turn of the 21st Century, when the ascendancy of David Williamson, a Scottish businessman, to the post of managing director saw the turnover rise steadily from £2.5m to £2.5m in six years.

A new upgrade between 2013 and 2016 saw the introduction of an all-weather flat racing track which was first used in May 2016.

The course

The course assumes a figure 9 shape, with two sharp turnings and one other which is much gentler. There are tracks for both National Hunt and flat racing. It sits on 805 acres of land, on which the Golf Clubs of Northumberland and Parklands, a scout camp and a nature reserve have been developed.

Newcastle airport is six miles away for huge plane landing. Helicopter landing can be arranged in advance with the course management.



Newcastle hosts 30 race meetings in its annual calendar. Racing begins in spring and runs all through to December. The most notable race run here is the Northumberland Plate run in June. There are day and night events hosted at Newcastle. The Eider Chase, Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Chipchase Stakes are also key events on the course’s list of fixtures.

The BeeswingStakes and the Seaton Delaval Stakes were traditional races held here but were discontinued in 1999 and 1985 respectively.


Newbury Racecourse is a dual-race type track located in Greenham, next to the town of Newbury in the county of Berkshire, England. It is a high-quality-facility course owned by Newbury Racecourse Company whose races are televised on Racing UK.


Racing activities in Newbury were active since the early 19th Century, when 1805 race Newbury Races was recorded at Enborne Heath.

The current course staged its first race in September 1905. Copper King was the winner of the inaugural Whatcombe Handicap.

The jump races came soon after, in 1906, when the course hosted nine days of flat and jump racing.

Building the course was the proposal of trainer John Porter, which was rejected several times by the Jockey Club until a chance meeting gave him the opportunity to seek King Edward VII’s support for the approval. The Jockey Club did approve the plan when the King asked, and at that time the Newbury Racecourses was born.

Porter’s Zelis won the Regulation Plate in September 1905, and the visionary trainer announced his retirement immediately after. Racing took a break during the War when the facility was used to hold prisoners of war from the German faction.

A 2011 occurrence that led to the sudden death of two horses at the course painted it in a bad light. Postmorterm analysis pointed to electrocution that caused heart attacks.

The course

The course is oval with and undulating landscape and some tough bends which call for a combination of skill and power to manoeuvre.

There is a train station located within the racecourse, making rail the most convenient way to access the several times Most Prestigious Racecourse.


Up to 32 races are held at Newburyeach year, with the purse total often coming to in excess of £2,000,000. The Greatwood Gold Cup, the Winter Bumper, Betfair Hurdle and the Hennesy Gold Cup are some of the headline races within the jumps. The Greenham Stakes, John Porter Stakes, Harkwood Stakes, Arc Trial and the World Trophy stand out in the flat category.