Newbury Racecourse Guide
Newbury racecourse might not be the most famous course in England, but it is home to some of the biggest races in the horse racing betting calendar. The Winter Carnival at Newbury has seen many famous winners throughout the years, including Arkle, Native River and Many Clouds. Newbury has been hosting racing meetings for over 100 years and with an upcoming development planned, it will surely remain as popular as ever.
Where is Newbury Racecourse?
Newbury racecourse is located on the outskirts on Newbury in West Berkshire. The racecourse is approximately 2 miles from the centre of Newbury and will have regular transport links to and from the racecourse.
How to get to Newbury Racecourse
Driving to Newbury Racecourse
From the North, head down the M1 until reaching exit 15A. Leave at exit 15A and follow the A43. At exit 10, the A43 merges into the M40 towards London. At exit 9 on the M40, turn off and take the 3rd exit on the roundabout towards the A34. The A34 will take you directly to Newbury and eventually onto London Road. Keep going along London Road before turning right on Hambridge Road. Head straight over the first roundabout before turning right at the second, heading into Newbury Racecourse.
If you are driving from London, it’s almost a straight drive to Newbury. Simply head out of London on the M4, following the motorway until reaching exit 12. Turn left off the M4 onto the A4, following signs for Newbury. At the end of the road, turn left at the roundabout before taking your second left onto B3421. Head straight over the first roundabout before turning right at the second one, taking you direct to Newbury Racecourse.
Car Parking at Newbury Racecourse
The main car park is actually in the centre of the racecourse at Newbury. The car park can be accessed from both entrances to the course, however it is advised that you arrive early to avoid any traffic. In general, race organisers often advise people to travel to the dedicated train station at the racecourse, so parking in the centre of Newbury might be an option.
Getting the train to Newbury Racecourse
Handily, there is a train station at Newbury Racecourse that has direct trains from London Paddington, as well as regular trains from Newbury station itself.
What is the course like at Newbury?
Newbury racecourse is one of the UK’s premium tracks. The racecourse is very fair and in general, the track is consistent throughout. The course can be adjusted for jumps or flat racing. When flat racing, it’s a typically small course with a 1m long straight and a full circuit of around 1m 5f. It’s jump racing track is longer, and is typically ran at just over 2m. Both courses are left handed and fairly flat with few undulations throughout the course.
Racing meetings at Newbury Racecourse
The Winter Carnival is the highlight of Newbury’s racing season and often attracts some of the biggest names in horse racing. In recent years, Bobs Worth, Many Clouds and Native River have all won the highlight Ladbrokes Trophy. Coming just 2 weeks after The Open at Cheltenham, the Winter Carnival is another chance for horses to warm up at the start of the jump racing season. As well as the Winter Carnival, there is also Betfair Super Saturday, Dubai Duty Free Springs Trials and the Starlight Charity Race Day.