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Newmarket July.
Newmarket July. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Situated in Suffolk in England, Newmarket is the home of British horse racing.

Newmarket itself has two different racecourses – the Rowley Mile which holds most of their meetings and the July Course for racing in the July/August months.

The Headquarters of racing is accurate because it includes a large amount of leading conditioners on the training downs, the sales areas, the National Racing Museum and the National Stud.

The most famous races conducted at Newmarket are the first two Classics of the season – the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas over the straight mile course.

In the middle of the year they hold the Falmouth Stakes for the fillies and the great sprint race – the July Cup which is a stern test for the sprinters up the final stages of the tough Newmarket hill.

Toward the end of the season they also have many influential features for younger horses. There are the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, Sun Chariot Stakes, Cheveley Park Stakes, Middle Park Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.

Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course is an ‘L’ shape for race starts beyond the mile and a quarter. Races less than that are run on the straight course.

The July course has starts from that same long chute but aren’t as longer races, turning for home at the mile start. The July Cup is up the straight.

Later in the season two of the bigger handicaps – the Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch are at Newmarket.

Probably the most memorable performance, of recent times anyway, was Frankel’s win in the 2000 Guineas of 2011. He went straight to the front for Tom Queally, led by as much as ten lengths in the mid-stages and held on by six, brought home to the roars of the crowd.
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