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Newton Abbott Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The Newton Abbott thoroughbred horse racing venue in the heart of south Devon, England is located on the north bank of the river Teign in the parishes of Teigngrace and Kingsteignton. The picturesque area is easily accessible, being near to the City of Exeter and the M5 Motorway. The roads to Newton Abbott are well signposted and the market town has its own railway station. It is also possible for helicopters to land at the racecourse. Newton Abbott has a tight left-handed oval course covering a distance of one mile and one furlong. It features seven fairly easy fences with a particularly short run to the finishing post.

In 1866, the land upon which Newton Abbott Racecourse sits today was purchased by a group of horse racing enthusiasts who were keen to create a specific venue for equine sport to be enjoyed. The 91-acre space was ideal for conducting regular race meetings and soon became very popular with the public despite the rather basic facilities. In fact, the racecourse was not classed as a proper racing venue until much later on. Horse racing activity at Newton Abbott Racecourse was suspended during the First World War and the site was transformed into a prisoner-of-war camp. The venue’s racing schedule did not resume to normal levels until after the Second World War.

Flat racing events became extremely popular at Newton Abbott during the 1950s and 1960s when National Hunt racing was considered to be for the “ the needy and the greedy”. In 1969, the trend began to fade when a new main grandstand was built and opened by her Majesty the Queen Mother. As a result, jump racing at the venue regained its allure once again.

When the Kingkerswell Greyhound Racing Track folded in the 1970s, Newton Abbott Racecourse hosted the sport for a decade or so. Instead of a totalisator, there were trackside bookmakers available for the customers.

Newton Abbott Racecourse benefitted from the construction of brand new corporate facilities in the 1990s and ever since, the venue’s management have continuously strived to make improvements. There are spectacular views to be had from the main enclosures and an array of other events can be enjoyed at the establishment such as antique fairs, car boot sales, exhibitions, conferences and private gatherings.

In 2011, Newton Abbott Racecourse introduced a commemorative event known as the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase. The popular event is the highlight of the summer and celebrates Lord Antony Mildmay’s hand in inspiring Queen Elizabeth to become an owner of jump horses. He performed his role as Royal Racing Manager until his demise in 1950.

Newton Abbott Racecourse offers 18 fixtures each year from March until October. The highly-anticipated Ladies Day in June provides an action-packed day of racing along with high fashion, Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent and Best Dressed Hat Competitions. There is also a raffle, welcome drinks and a delicious meal available to guests.

Tickets are available in two price brackets depending on the various extras chosen. The Course Enclosure allows for access to a vast green picnic area, several bars, snack shops plus betting facilities. While the Paddock Enclosure provides entry to the Paddock Grandstand, the top-class Winning Post Restaurant, the Paddock Restaurant, the Silks Lounge plus numerous bars.

The Corporate Boxes offer Silver or Gold packages at reasonable prices. They are situated by the winning post and boast spectacular views over the racecourse. The dress code is smart casual - vests or jeans are not encouraged.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind