Newmarket Racecourse is located in Suffolk and is home to one of the best flat racing tracks in Europe, if not the world. The racecourse can hold a maximum of 45,000 spectators and is often referred to as “The headquarters of British horse racing” due to the abundance of trainers and racing people in the area. Newmarket hosts the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, races which make up two of the five annual Classics in the UK. Nine of the 32 Group 1 races held annually in the UK take place here.
Newmarket Betting Tips
Rowley Mile Course
This is a straight wide, galloping track and is 1 mile 2 furlongs in distance. Two furlongs from the winning post there is a patch on the course with minor undulations. This can catch out many a horse as the penultimate furlong is all downhill, but the final furlong is uphill. This part of the course is known as “The Dip”. Horses often freewheel down the hill 2 furlongs out, but use up too much energy to get up the hill. Any races at Newmarket beyond 1 mile 2 furlongs start on the Cesarewitch Course and then turns right onto the Rowley Mile straight.
This is also a straight wide, galloping track and is often referred to as the “Summer Course”. This course has a straight that measures one mile in distance which is often called “The Bunbury Mile”. The first 2 furlongs of the track are flat and then horses freewheel downhill all the way to the one furlong pole where they meet a stiff uphill finish. Just like the Rowley Mile course, any race with a distance measuring over a mile starts on the Cesarewitch Course and then turns right onto the straight.
Newmarket Draw Bias
Rowley Mile Course
This track is so straight that it tends to be fair in general. Therefore, it is difficult to produce a conclusive draw bias here. Occasionally, they do move the rails and when this happens it can have a dramatic effect. Generally in large field handicaps, low drawn horses have struggled, especially over 6 furlongs. The 2 mile 2 furlong Cesarewitch certainly gives a huge advantage to those drawn middle to high. However, the overall consensus is that it’s all on the day. The ground and where the rails are can make a huge difference. Therefore, before selecting Newmarket betting tips, it is advisable to watch the opening two races of the day as a draw bias pattern will sometimes emerge.
There isn’t a strong draw bias of note on the July Course. It is very unpredictable and horses win from both sides of the track all the time. One thing worth mentioning is that this course particularly suits front runners. As the course is downhill for the majority of the race, front runners can often build up a nice lead and with just the one furlong uphill to the finishing line, they can seal the race by the one pole.
Newmarket Betting Trends
Mark Johnson is the trainer to follow at Newmarket, with extremely impressive statistics. He has had 517 runners at Newmarket (between the two courses) in the past five seasons and recorded an impressive 76 winners for a level stakes profit of £75, offering an excellent return on investment for backers of his runners. It’s worth noting that he has just a 12% strike rate with his runners on the Rowley Course, indicating big price winners.
Godolphin have a solid strike rate of 19% across the two courses, with around a breakeven return on investment, suggesting there is value to be found in their runners.
Newmarket Feature Races
- Feilden Stakes (Listed) (1m 1f)
- Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Abernant Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
- Earl Of Sefton Stakes (Group 3) (1m 1f)
- Craven Stakes (Group 3) (1m)
- Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2) (1m 4f)
- 2000 Guineas (Group 1) (1m)
- Palace House Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
- 1000 Guineas (Group 1) (1m)
- Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Newmarket Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Dahlia Stakes (Group 2) (1m 1f)
- Fairway Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Criterion Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) (1m 5f)
- Princess of Wales’s Stakes (Group 2) (1m 4f)
- July Stakes (Group 2) (6f)
- Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (1m)
- Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (6f)
- Superlative Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Bunbury Cup (Handicap) (7f)
- July Cup (Group 1) (6f)
- Hopeful Stakes (Listed) (6f)
- Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Somerville Tattersall Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Joel Stake (Group 2) (1m)
- Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Cambridgeshire Handicap (1m 1f)
- Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) (1m)
- Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) (1m)
- Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) (6f)
- Challenge Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Cesarewitch Handicap (2m 2f)
- Autumn Stakes (Group 3) (1m)
- Rockfel Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (7f)
- Darley Stakes (Group 3) (1m 1f)
- Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (6f)
- Fillies’ Mile (Group 1) (1m)
- Zetland Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)