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Racing at The Rowley Mile

There is no finer place to enjoy the excitement and sheer beauty of a day at the races than at Newmarket, the ancestral home of racing. Racing opens at this course in April and finishes in October (although during the summer months all race meeting move to the July racecourse). From the oldest race in history to the 21st Century, Newmarket hosts some of the world’s top thoroughbred racing at the Rowley Mile, including the Guineas festival and the Future Champions’ Day in October.

The Rowley Mile is the oldest of the two race courses in Newmarket and is named after Charles II favourite stallion Old Rowley. Rowley also became a nickname for the king himself. Although actually longer than a mile – the straight alone is 1 mile, 2 furloungs , it has been raced on since the 17th century.  The wide nature of the track means it is able to host races such as the Cambridgeshire Handicap and the Cesarewitch Handicap, which both have a maximum field size of 35.

Visit the website for details of the  full range of tickets and hospitality packages  available .

Discover Newmarket also offers a race day tour,  perfect for those new to racing who would like some guidance on how to get the best out of the day or for interested race goers who are keen to take a peak behind the scenes and go into areas not available to the general public. Click here for more information.


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Newmarket Rowley Mile Course, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, UK