THE GUINEAS FESTIVAL AT THE NEWMARKET ROWLEY MILE COURSE
Newmarket Racecourse is considered the home of British horse racing and has been at the heart of British Flat racing for over 300 years. Given its position at the epicentre of flat racing, Newmarket hosts nine Group One races including two of the UK’s five classics; the classics being the world famous and historic 1,000 and 2,000 Newmarket Guineas Festival.
The Guineas Festival at Newmarket is the first major Flat Racing classic of the year. The historic 2000 & 1000 Guineas meeting is held in late April or early May each year on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course.
The 2,000 Guineas Group 1 classic for the 3-year old colts is run over one mile. First run in 1809, it has been won in the past by some of the all-time great colts; Nijinsky, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Zafonic, Rock Of Gibraltar, and arguably the best ever – Frankel, now standing at stud nearby with a stud fee in excess of £127,000 per covering!
The 1,000 Guineas Group 1 classic for 3-year old fillies is run the day after the 2,000 Guineas, over the same distance. First run in 1814, it has been won by in the past by fillies such as Pebbles, Oh So Sharp and Attraction.
2 DAYS OF TOP CLASS RACING AT THE NEWMARKET GUINEAS FESTIVAL
2000 GUINEAS DAY – COLTS
The 2000 Guineas is a valuable race with prize money drawing the best UK, Irish and French 3-year old milers. It is one of Britain’s five Classic races, which includes the 1000 Guineas, the Oaks (Epsom), the Derby (Epsom) and the St Leger (Doncaster).
As a Group One race the 2000 Guineas is run over a mile on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course every Spring during the Newmarket Guineas Festival. While the 2000 Guineas is open to colts and fillies, usually only colts contest it as fillies find it extremely hard to win and they have their own equivalent race just a day later anyway.
The race is named after the prize fund of the original race run over 200 years ago in April 1809. Although some horses are aimed at this race as part of the Triple Crown (Guineas, Derby, St Leger), they need to be at their peak to win it and trial races such as the Craven Stakes are run during April at Newmarket. Nijinsky was our last Triple Crown winner in 1970 – over 40 years ago!
1000 GUINEAS DAY – FILLIES
Staged the day after the colts’ 2000 Guineas contest, the fillies’ 1000 Guineas is regarded as a very prestigious race. Like the 2000 Guineas, it is also one of only five British classic races and the first fillies’ classic race of the season in the UK run at the Newmarket Guineas Festival.
Named after the prize purse when the race was first run in 1814, the 1000 Guineas is also run over Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. A tough test for the fillies, the last 2 furlongs of the Rowley Mile includes ‘The Dip’; a downhill section before an uphill climb over the last furlong to the finishing post.
The rarely attempted fillies’ Triple Crown (Guineas, Oaks, St Leger) is even harder to win. Only 9 fillies have ever done so – 8 of that 9 were before 1955. The last filly to win it was Oh So Sharp in 1985.
Sponsored since 2011 by Qipco as part of the British Champions Series, the record £400,000 prize money on offer this year is sure to start the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Series with a bang.
NEWMARKET GUINEAS FESTIVAL ROWLEY MILE ENCLOSURES
The Newmarket Guineas Festival Rowley Mile course has a special style and vitality. There really is nothing in horseracing that’s quite like the atmosphere at the Rowley Mile.
As befits the home of Flat Racing, you can be sure of seeing high-class sport, with the best horses and jockeys at the top of their game. The trackside is the place to experience the excitement, sight & sounds of the racehorses thundering by right in front of you. A front-row seat around the paddock is where you can get close to the stars of the show – both equine & human.
Grandstand facilities at Newmarket are exceptional. The Rowley Mile Millennium Grandstand was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. Newmarket has spent a lot of money in recent years to make the racecourse what it is today – a first class venue. There are a variety of bars & restaurants where you can dress up and soak up the atmosphere.
VIP HOSPITALITY AT NEWMARKET
Hospitality at Newmarket is first-class. Private boxes, trackside marquees and high quality restaurants can be booked in advance to ensure your racing experience at Newmarket is really special. The Premier enclosure, Grandstand & Paddock areas at the Rowley Mile provide superb facilities, food and drink.
Treat yourself and your friends to the luxury of the Champions Gallery, where you’ll enjoy one of the very best views in racing, or an Executive Box located on the top level of the Millennium Grandstand where up to 40 guests, can enjoy a truly VIP experience.
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Premier Enclosure tickets entitle you to enjoy the best facilities, best views of the Winning Post and access to all the other enclosures; Millenium Grandstand, Head-On Stand, Paddock and Family Enclosures. Smart dress is required in this Enclosure. No jeans, denim, trainers, T-shirts or collarless shirts. Jackets, hats & ties are encouraged. Race-goers who do not comply will be refused admission. A range of food & drink is available in the Rowley Mile Course Premier Enclosure as detailed right→
GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK ENCLOSURE
This enclosure provides good race viewing plus access to the Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring, Winners Circle and Family Enclosure. Bookies are located here. A smart-casual dress code applies. Smart jeans and tailored shorts are permitted, but no bare tops or sleeveless vests. A range of food & drink is available in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure as detailed right→
Furthest from the winning post, ticket holders here do not have access to the Parade Ring or Winners Circle. Race viewing is from temporary stands. There is a food court and bar + catering outlets from mobile units. With an excellent children’s play area, picnics can be eaten here or in the car park. No dress-code applies here. Newmarket dress code in the other enclosures applies to children over 12-years of age.
ROWLEY MILE GALLERY RESTAURANT
Pictured left: The Rowley Mile Champions Gallery Restaurant with it’s splendid view of the racetrack.
NEWMARKET RACECOURSE ON THE MAP & RACECOURSE CONTACT INFORMATION
||Newmarket Racecourse, Westfield House, The Links, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, CB8 0TG
||0844 579 3010
||Newmarket Racecourse is located approximately 64 miles and only an hour from London by road from the M11 or by rail from London, 13 miles from Cambridge and 40 miles from Ipswitch. From South, leave M11 at Junction 9, take A11 to Newmarket
||Liverpool St or Kings Cross to Cambridge, then train to Newmarket or bus to course
||Premier £5, remainder free