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Two superb days of Jump racing which were previously known as The Hennessy Gold Cup kicks off the most-high profile meeting of the season.
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.
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.
Where to be for the best views
From here you will enjoy the best views of the racing and a wide range of bars and food options including our newly refurbished ground floor of the Hampshire Stand, which is home to our Champagne Hall & Wine Cellar. Other facilities include the popular outside The Crafty Filly bar and terrace, The Bakery, The Coffee Yard and The Brasserie.
There are un-reserved seating and some sheltered standing areas, which are available on a first come first served basis; some seating areas have restricted views to the stage.
Situated further from the winning line, but also with views of the racecourse. Bars and food outlets are available in the Grandstand as well as outside lawn areas and a Fish & Chip café. There are un-reserved seating and some sheltered standing areas, which are available on a first come first served basis; some seating areas have restricted views to the stage.
Please note: When a combined enclosure is offered, your entry ticket will permit you access to all of the above facilities.
How to find us
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. On racedays, all traffic approaching the racecourse from the east, west and north via the M4 (junctions 12 or 13) should travel along the A4 following the racecourse signs and enter the site via Hambridge Road. For Sat Nav users, the nearest postcode to the bridge is RG14 7PN. If you are travelling from the south from the A339 follow signs and enter the course via Racecourse Road.
Newbury Racecourse has its own station, one stop from Newbury Station, with direct trains from London Paddington on selected major racedays and regular connections from 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.
Parking is both plentiful and free at Newbury, with an individual car park for each enclosure.
What to wear
Premier Enclosure, Hospitality & The Hennessy Restaurant
Many people like to dress up, especially for our Saturday meetings. Racegoers are encouraged to wear smart attire; gentlemen are asked to wear a collared shirt, although a tie is not essential.
Smart denim with no rips or tears and long, tailored shorts are acceptable.
No sports/denim shorts, T-shirts, vests, sports/supporter shirts, tracksuits, sportswear (including trainers) or bare chests. Gentlemen’s flip flops/sandals are not permitted.
Grandstand Enclosure & Racegoers Restaurant
No sportswear, bare chests or ripped/torn denim. Fancy dress is welcome though we reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone whose attire may cause offence or danger to other racegoers.
Under 12s - no dress code.
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 Ladbrokes Trophy is the standout race on the National Hunt calendar, acting as the main event at the Winter 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.