Newmarket betting with William Hill
Big Newmarket betting races include ante-post odds on the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas.
Newmarket odds are also available in advance of the big Autumn Double, the Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch, as well as the Group races and featured handicaps throughout the season.
With the course staging so many important trials and championship races, Newmarket results have a big influence on the ante-post betting markets.
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Newmarket betting – The Big Meetings
The Craven meeting kicks off the new season at Newmarket with the title race being one of the most important Classic trials. The two-day meeting also includes the Nell Gwyn Stakes for fillies and the European Free Handicap.
May’s Guineas Festival stages the first two Classic races of the season with the 2000 Guineas on Saturday and the 1000 Guineas on Sunday.
The Group 1 July Cup is the highlight of the three-day summer festival on the July course. The meeting also features the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes and the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
The action returns to the Rowley Mile in September for the Cambridgeshire meeting. The big meetings in October include Sun Chariot Stakes Day and the Future Champions Festival.
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Newmarket Betting – The Big Races
The Group 3 Craven Stakes is the main event of the Spring meeting which also features the Abernant Stakes and Palace House Stakes. The 2000 Guineas is the first Classic race of the season and first Group 1 of the year on the Rowley Mile.
The colt’s Classic is followed by the fillies’ equivalent with the 1000 Guineas, both races over a mile.
The Group 1 July Cup is one of the most prestigious sprint races of the season. It often attracts the best sprinters in Europe as well as top International sprinters.
The Falmouth Stakes sees the top three-year-old fillies clash with the older generation for the first time. The Bunbury Cup is one of the most competitive seven furlong handicaps of the season.
Newmarket hosts the Fillies’ Mile, Oh So Sharp Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes, all important trials for the following year’s 1000 Guineas. Top races for juvenile colts include the Royal Lodge Stakes, the Dewhurst Stakes and Middle Park Stakes.
The Cambridgeshire Handicap takes place in September over nine furlongs, the first leg of the “Autumn Double”.
The second leg is the Cesarewitch over two and a quarter miles in October which is one of the most valuable staying handicaps in the world.
Newmarket Betting Tips
Newmarket is one of the fairest racecourses in Britain and is also the local track for many of the most powerful stables in the country. This inevitably means that maiden races provide the ideal starting point for their juveniles and unraced three-year-olds.
There are no shortage of Newmarket tips from work-watchers for the maiden races and the Newmarket betting is often a good guide.
For serious students of form, the maiden races and early season handicaps provide plenty of clues to future winners. There are expert race-readers in the racing press and video re-runs are now readily accessible on the internet.
Make a note of horses finishing strongly, particularly those with only limited racecourse experience. Newmarket form tends to hold up extremely well.
Finishing fifth or sixth in a competitive Newmarket maiden or handicap can often prove good enough to justify support at lower grade tracks.
Although there is no obvious draw bias at either course, there is evidence that front-runners fare much better on the July course.
The finish of the Rowley Mile course is more testing for front-runners, particularly if they have been buffeted by winds during the race.
Newmarket Course Characteristics
The Rowley Mile is in operation during April and May before action switches to the July Course for the summer festival and evening meetings. Racing returns to the Rowley Mile for the big Autumn festivals.
Although both courses are essentially flat, galloping tracks, there are subtle differences. The Rowley Mile has the longest home straight in Britain with only one turn just beyond the ten furlong marker.
The deceptively testing uphill finish favours long-striding horses with the emphasis on stamina.
The July course is not dissimilar to the Rowley Mile and has one right-hand turn which is about a mile from the finish.
There is no clear draw bias on either course. One of the key Newmarket tips is that front runners fare better statistically on the July Course.
Newmarket Racecourse - How to get there
The Suffolk town of Newmarket is the home of the Jockey Club, the official governing body for horse racing in Britain. Life in Newmarket revolves around the thoroughbred and it has the highest concentration of racing stables in the country.
There are two separate Newmarket racecourses; The Rowley Mile and the July Course.
Trains run from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Ipswich or Stansted before changing for Newmarket. Road users should follow the racecourse signs from the A11 and A14.
Newmarket Horse Racing History
The first recorded race at Newmarket was a match between horses owned by Lord Salisbury and the Marquess of Buckingham in 1622. The Newmarket Town Plate in 1666 is believed to have been the first race run under rules with the course officially opened the following year.
The July meeting was first held in 1765 with the Craven Meeting established six years’ later. The 2000 Guineas was first run in 1809 and won by Wizard.
The inaugural running of the 1000 Guineas took place in 1814 and was won by Charlotte. Newmarket continued to race throughout both World Wars and hosted the Derby on ten occasions.
The last horse to win the Derby at Newmarket was Dante in 1945.The photo finish was used to decide the outcome of a Classic race for the first time at Newmarket in the 2000 Guineas in 1949.
The first colour photo finish also took place here in the 1989 Dewhurst Stakes won by Dashing Blade. The July course introduced “Newmarket Nights” in 1987, providing musical entertainment after racing.
They are now firmly established as a highlight of the Newmarket summer season. The Champion Stakes was held at Newmarket until being transferred to Ascot in 2011.
The Dubai Future Champions Festival was created in 2015, featuring several top juvenile races including the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
Famous Newmarket Races and Racehorses
Nijinsky (1970) was one of the most famous winners of the 2000 Guineas. The colt would go on to win the Derby and the St Leger, the last horse to claim the elusive Triple Crown.
One of the greatest ever races at Newmarket was the 1971 2000 Guineas in which Brigadier Gerard beat subsequent Derby winner Mill Reef.
Frankel’s 2000 Guineas victory in 2011 established him as a truly exceptional racehorse. He was one of the hottest Newmarket tips for many years, starting odds-on favourite.
Frankel stunned onlookers by racing fifteen lengths clear by half-way, eventually winning by six lengths. It was the biggest winning margin in the race since Tudor Minstrel in 1947.
Famous 1000 Guineas include Her Majesty The Queen’s Highclere 1974, Pebbles (1984) and Salsabil (1990). Oh So Sharp won a thrilling photo-finish in 1985 and went on to win the Fillies’ Triple Crown by winning the Oaks and St Leger.
Derby winners Generous (1990), Dr Devious (1991), Sir Percy (2005) and New Approach (2007) all won the Dewhurst Stakes.
The race has also produced numerous 2000 Guineas winners including Rock Of Gibraltar (2001), Dawn Approach (2012) and Churchill (2016).