Newbury racecourse is one of England premier dual-purpose racetracks, staging high-class flat and jumps racing throughout the year. It is extremely popular with horses trained at nearby Lambourn, but also attracts horses from everywhere in Britain.
The Group-1 Lockinge is the highlight of the flat-season, and it has been won by popular horses such as Frankel, Canford Cliffs, Selkirk and Brigadier Gerard. The course also stages The Greenham Stakes during April, and this has been a stepping stone to success in the 2,000 Guineas for horses like Frankel. The summer fixtures are also popular, with July taking in the Super Sprint, and August showcasing the Geoffrey Freer Stakes.
Meanwhile, The Hennessy Gold Cup is the National Hunt Highlight, with the likes of Denman going on to Cheltenham Gold Cup success in the same season, whilst horses like Bobs Worth, Mill House and Arkle also have their names on a prestigious role of honour. The other major fixture is the Betfair Hurdle which takes in February, and one of the biggest handicaps off the season is supported by the Game Spirit Chase which has been won by greats like Sprinter Sacre and Altior.
The flat course is a big left-handed, galloping track, with the Lockinge run on the straight mile course. Stamina can win horses races, especially when the ground is on the soft side. However, due to its wide straight, there are few hard-luck stories.
The hurdles and chase tracks are also highly-regarded, and sweeping bends and long straights mean both horses and jockeys have plenty of time to make their moves, and are therefore less inclined to jostle for early positions. The fences are big, but horses seem to take to them, whilst an even pace is often guaranteed because of these factors. However, should a horse go too hard to soon, it is likely he will be overtaken on the run to the line.
Trainers And Jockeys To Watch
Richard Hannon has topped the flat-trainers’ charts over the last 5 years with 31 winners, though you’d be showing a loss of £140 points if you’d backed his 300+ runners to level stakes. Therefore, the trainer to keep on side could be Luca Cumani, whose 10 winners have been achieved at an impressive 24.39% Strike rate, and show a level-stakes profit of £16.38. Meanwhile, two jockeys to watch at Newbury are William Buick and Frankie Dettori, who have respectively returned level-stakes profits of £6.39 and £13.02 over the last 5 seasons.
Oliver Sherwood is the trainer to follow over fences with a profit of +19.00, whilst Phillip Hobbs has a seriously impressive record over hurdles with a profit of £43.80. Meanwhile, the jockey to follow over fences in the last 5 years has been Tom Scudamore with a profit of £32.28, whilst Richard Johnson has shown a profit of £38.08 over hurdles.