22nd September 2016
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We are 350 and the associated logos and celebrations you may see (and be a part of) in 2016 is centred upon Newmarket and it's place in history as the spiritual home of British horseracing. In March 1666 King Charles II returned to Newmarket for the first time since he was a boy. With him he brought a passion for horse racing that became the life and heart of the town. King Charles II was the pioneer in bringing modern day racing fixtures to Newmarket, as well as the new round course of three miles six furlongs, which is still used today for Newmarket’s oldest race, the Town Plate. Over the last 350 years, Newmarket has been a part of royalty, aristocracy and regeneration. Kings and Queens have visited and the town has been associated with many famous people and horses including Walter Matthau, Winston Churchill and the great Frankel. Newmarket has kept the racing spirit alive during two World Wars and The Jockey Club has invested millions into the town. To this day Newmarket remains the world's racing headquarters.