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More than just a Private Members Club

The Jockey Club has been at the heart of British Racing for over 265 years and in that time has become so much more than just a private club. It is responsible for 90 properties and 14 racecourses including Cheltenham, Aintree and Epsom. Add to this the management of over 5,000 acres of land in Newmarket and Lambourn, which comprises some of the finest training facilities in the world, and it’s no wonder that The Jockey Club’s influence enjoys a truly global reach. Read on to learn more about our Newmarket partners.

The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 by a group of gentlemen brought together by a shared passion for horseracing. They were some of the most influential people in the country. Initially meeting in London at the Star and Garter in Pall Mall and also in St. James’ Street and Hyde Park, the Club soon relocated to Newmarket.

The first written reference to The Jockey Club came in Pond’s annually published racing ‘Kalendar’, which gave notice in April 1752 that there would be a race at Newmarket for ‘horses the Property of the Noblemen and Gentlemen belonging to The Jockey Club’.

In 1752, The Jockey Club leased a plot of land in Newmarket where a Coffee House was constructed in the High Street as a meeting place for its members. Soon The Jockey Club purchased the freehold, which became known as the Jockey Club Rooms, as it is today.

Today, operating under a modern corporate structure, The Jockey Club leads the investment and innovation in British racing, as the largest commercial group in the sport.

With a portfolio of 15 racecourses including Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, Jockey Club Racecourses is the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover, attendances and contributions to prize money, with a focus on hosting the highest quality Flat, Jumps and All-Weather Track racing.

Newmarket Racecourses

Newmarket has two courses: the Rowley Mile and the July Course. During the spring and autumn months racing takes place at the Rowley Mile, which derives its name from Charles II nickname of Olde Rowley. The Rowley Mile offers the ultimate flat racing experience along the most historic stretch of turf in the entire world of sport where equine champions have been crowned for centuries. Highlights include the Guineas Festival at the start of the season, the Cambridgeshire Meeting at the end of September and the new Future Champions Day in early October.

Summer at Newmarket means the magical romance of the July Course, an oasis of sun dappled lawns, flourishing flowers and thatched roofs. The surroundings create a garden party atmosphere unlike any other racecourse, making it a summer favourite with so many people. The July Course still has world class racing though at The July Festival, when fabulous fashion combines with three days of scintillating racing to create the East of England’s answer to Royal Ascot.

Find out more about Newmarket Racecourse.

The National Stud

The National Stud is the only working stud farm in the UK which opens its doors to the public and offers them a unique behind the scenes look at a working thoroughbred farm. Visitors will learn about the history and purpose of The Stud as a commercial thoroughbred breeding operation and have the opportunity to meet mares, foals and stallions which include Gregorian, Acclaim and Spill The Beans.

Public tours of The Stud run daily from Wednesday to Sunday between February half-term and the end of October. Additional dates during school holidays make this the ideal day out for all the family. Private tours and large group tours are also available by advance booking. Discover Newmarket manage tours of the National Stud, visit their website here.

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Jockey Club Estates

Jockey Club Estates

Jockey Club Estates is The Jockey Club’s property and land management company. It is responsible for the management and administration of 4,500 acres of land at Newmarket and 550 acres of land at Lambourn. The property portfolio includes 90 properties, including the Jockey Club Rooms.

Jockey Club Estates is owned by the Members of the Jockey Club and the profits generated by the company are reinvested into improving and developing facilities under its management. The principal objectives of Jockey Club Estates are the continued development of its training grounds as centres of excellence for the training of Thoroughbred racehorses and the managing of its property portfolio, including the Jockey Club Rooms, in a commercial manner whilst protecting and promoting the Club’s values and heritage. 

Find out more about Jockey Club Estates

Palace House Newmarket

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in November 2016, this brand new state-of-the-art facility spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket and aims to offer three fantastic attractions in one.

The National Horseracing Museum uses interactive displays and exhibitions to not only chart the history of horseracing, but also to give an insight into the science behind the thoroughbred. The Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art are housed in the remains of King Charles II’s palace and house one of the finest collections of equestrian and sporting art in the world. Finally, the Rothschild Yard is home to a new flagship yard for Retraining of Racecourses Charity where visitors can watch displays and even meet ex-racehorses in the flesh.

Find out more about Palace House.

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