The QIPCO Guineas Festival - Newmarket
Newmarket is widely regarded as the home of Flat racing due to the town’s rich history in the sport. Horseracing at Newmarket racecourse dates back to the early 16th century and the reigns of James I and Charles II, who was known to attend races on the Heath. Until 1744, the two most valuable races run at the course were the King’s Plate and the Town Plate.
The town of Newmarket is estimated to be home to more than 3,000 horses across 70 training yards. Many of the most successful trainers are based in Newmarket, such as Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden.
There are two racecourses in Newmarket that operate at different times of the Flat racing season. The Rowley Mile was named after Old Rowley, Charles II’s favourite racehorse, and is best known for hosting the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas in the spring and many top races in the autumn, while the July course hosts racing during the summer months. Both tracks have a capacity of just over 20,000.