The Ladbrokes Winter CarnivalFeatured Event
The first of two superb days of Jump racing kicks off our most-high profile meeting of the season. Winners on the day last year included Jenkins, Clan des Obeaux and Unowhatimeanharry who followed in the footsteps of Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever and Thistelcrack in landing the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle.
The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival – Ladbrokes Trophy DayFeatured Event
Newbury’s most significant Jump fixture reaches its climax with an outstanding day of Jump racing. Racing legends such as Arkle, Mill House, Burrough Hill Lad and more recently Denman have tasted success on this day in the past.
2016 saw a big-race treble for the all-conquering Dorset team of Colin Tizzard with Native River, Thistlecrack and Ultragold all landing the spoils on a memorable day.
It is always one of the highlights of the winter social calendar and with an electric atmosphere and live music after racing, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Betfred Challow Hurdle Day
Where to be for the best views
THE PREMIER ENCLOSURE
The Premier Enclosure is Newbury’s most exclusive area and includes a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor food and drink options. The enclosure is made up of two stands - Berkshire and Hampshire, as well as the Centenary Bar and Mill Reef Suite. The Champagne and Seafood Bar can be found on the ground floor of the Hampshire Stand, whilst the first floor bistro or first rate Hennessey Restaurant is sure to provide a relaxed sit down meal. Situated directly in front of the Winning Post, the enclosure provides unsurpassed views of the racing, and easy access to the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.
THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE
Situated opposite the final furlong, the Grandstand Enclosure offers guests outstanding views of the racing, as well as easy access to the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure. A variety of food and drink outlets are available on the first floor, whilst the highly acclaimed Racegoers Restaurant is on the second floor.
THE PICNIC ENCLOSURE
Newbury’s picnic enclosure provides a relaxed experience for race goers, offering the perfect opportunity for enjoying a picnic whilst watching the horses battle it out down the home straight. Visitors will also be able to park their car in this enclosure.
How to find us
Newbury train station has direct connections from London Paddington (approx 50 mins) and the West.
Situated only hour from both Heathrow and Southampton airports, Newbury racecourse is easily accessible for overseas racegoers. An airstrip and helicopter landing area, can also be arranged for use once reaching an agreement with the Clerk of the Course. Please call the racecourse for details - 01635 40015.
Conveniently situated in the centre of Southern England, in Berkshire, Newbury Racecourse is approximately only a couple of miles from Junction 13 of the M4 and is also easily accessible from the M3 and A34. The racecourse is clearly signposted from the M4 and from the A34 south of Newbury. On racedays, it is advised that all traffic approaching from the East, West or North via the M4 should travel along the A4 and follow the racecourse signs, before entering via Hambridge Road. There is now a new road bridge over the railway line at the eastern end of the racecourse and a new road layout on arrival. For those using SAT NAV, the nearest postcode to the bridge is RG14 5AW. Those arriving from the south from the A339, should follow signs and enter the course via Racecourse Road.
Parking is both plentiful and free at Newbury, with an individual car park for each enclosure.
What to wear
At an occasion such as Newbury, many racegoers consider this the perfect opportunity to dress up. Smart attire is to be worn, and gentleman are required to wear a collared shirt, although a tie is not obligatory. Whilst no sports/denim shorts, t-shirts, vests, sportswear, filpflops or sandals are to be worn, smart denim and long tailored shorts are allowed.
No bear chests, sportswear or ripped/torn denim is to be worn in the Grandstand Enclosure.
There is no dress code for children under 12
Newbury racecourse is a dual purpose racecourse with high quality flat action taking place in the summer including the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes which takes place in May. The mile long race is worth over £350,000, and has attracted world class names, including victor Frankel in 2012. Meanwhile, the Hennessy Gold Cup is the standout race on the National Hunt calendar, acting as the main event on the Bet365 Festival in Late November.
Over 100 years old, the first race at Newbury took place in 1905, when Copper King won the opening race - The Whatcombe Handicap. National Hunt racing started only a year later in 1906. Her Majesty The Queen spent her 86th birthday at Newbury, watching her two horses from the Royal Box, although they didn’t win.