Newbury Racecourse is located in the parish of Greenham, near the town of Newbury in England. Both National Hunt and flat racing take place here. On the flat, the highlight of the season is the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes. Over the jumps, the highlight is the Hennessy Gold Cup. This is a very popular hunting ground for trainers and big fields are the norm. This is due to the fairness of the track and the proximity to Lambourn, a large training centre.
The Hennessy Gold cup is run annually in November and it’s a great chance to see some of the stars in action. Horses such as Arkle, Mill House, Denman and Bob’s Worth have all landed this prestigious contest. This is a three day meeting and is always popular for true horse racing fans due to the large quality fields. In mid February, the Betfair Hurdle meeting is also an extremely popular event. The Group 1 Lockinge Stakes is run in the middle of May every year and stars such as Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Hawk Wing have all won it.
Newbury Betting Tips
The Newbury races jumps course is left-handed with undulations and it really suits the strong gallopers. It’s an extremely fair course with a very low casualty rate. Races are usually run at a very steady pace which could explain it. Generally the best horse wins here – there are no excuses.
The Newbury races flat course is a left-handed gallopers course. When looking for Newbury tips, it is important to look for a strong galloping sort rather than the smaller nippy type that may be more sorted to a sharp track. There is a straight mile course which is undulating in nature. In big fields, those who stick to the centre of the track tend to have the advantage as the ground is generally better.
Newbury Draw Bias
There is no draw bias at Newbury over any of the flat trips, proving how fair a track Newbury is. When looking for Newbury betting tips, the draw does not matter.
Newbury Betting Trends
Paul Nicholls is the top trainer over fences during the last three seasons with 11 winners. Over hurdles, Nicky Henderson has been very dominant with a tally of 21 winners; Paul Nicholls has only had 9. Richard Johnson is the top jockey over the larger obstacles with 9 winners whilst Barry Geraghty is the main man over hurdles with 17 winners. Geraghty has an impressive record all around at Newbury, with 28 winners from 118 rides over the last five seasons. That’s a strike rate of 24%.
Over the past three seasons, the top trainer by a long way on the flat is Richard Hannon who has saddled 33 winners. However, that is from 304 runners so his strike rate is actually rather poor. A level stakes profit of -£105 reflects this, further showing his runners are often shortly priced in the betting market. Luca Cumani is the trainer with the most impressive strike rate, operating at 27%. The top jockey on the flat is Paul Hanagan with 21 winners, operating at a very healthy 20% strike rate.
Newbury Notable Races
- Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2) (2m 1f)
- Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 110y)
- Denman Chase (Grade 2) (3m)
- Winter Bumper (Conditions) (2m 110y)
- Greatwood Gold Cup (Grade 3) (2m 4f)
- Fred Darling Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- John Porter Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f 5y)
- Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Fillies’ Trial Stakes (Conditions) (1m 2f 6y)
- Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) (1m)
- Ballymacoll Stud Stakes (Conditions) (1m 2f 6y)
- Weatherbys Super Sprint (Conditions) (5f 34y)
- Hackwood Stakes (Group 3) (6f 8y)
- St Hugh’s Stakes (Conditions) (5f 34y)
- Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) (1m 5f 61y)
- Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Washington Singer Stakes (Conditions) (7f)
- Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes (1m)
- Arc Trial (Group 3) (1m 3f 5y)
- Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) (6f 8y)
- World Trophy (Group 3) (5f 34y)
- St Simon Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f 5y)
- Horris Hill Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Gerry Feilden Stakes (Handicap) (2m 110y)
- Worcester Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (3m)
- Berkshire Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (3m 110y)
- Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 3) (3m 2f 110y)
- Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m 5f)