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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 May, 2003, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Top tracks: Newmarket
Action from the 1985 2,000 Guineas
NEWMARKET'S BIG EVENTS
April: Craven meeting
May: Guineas festival
July: July meeting
October: Cambridgeshire meeting, October meeting

Newmarket is known as racing's headquarters, thanks to its long and rich association with the sport.

Only Flat racing is run at the track, which has two courses: the July Course and the Rowley Mile.

Spring and autumn meetings are held on the latter, including the 2,000 Guineas and the 1,000 Guineas, which are the first Classics of the season.

The Rowley Mile is named after King Charles II (Old Rowley) who founded the Newmarket meetings following his restoration to the throne in 1660.

The track is 2 miles long with a right-hand bend after a mile, meaning that all races 10 furlongs and under involve a straight course.

The July Course, which is used for the July Meeting, is a right-handed track, two miles long with a one-mile straight.

A wide and galloping track, one of the key moments comes about two furlongs from the winning post where there is a dip in the course.

Then the final furlong is uphill which means that it is also a good test of stamina.

Newmarket hosts seven Group One races each season, including the first two, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas.

The others are the July Cup, the Dewhurst Stakes, the Cheveley Park Stakes, the Middle Park Stakes and the Champion Stakes.

The course also stages the "autumn double" - the Cambridgeshire and the Cesarewitch handicaps, two of the biggest betting races of the season.




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