Newmarket Training Grounds
The Newmarket Training Grounds include an array of facilities for training Thoroughbred racehorses, on turf and artificial surfaces, unequalled anywhere in the world. Comprising of 2,500 acres, the Training Grounds include 50 miles of turf gallops and over 14 miles of artificial tracks. They are used on a daily basis by over 2,500 horses in the care of over 80 trainers. The Training Grounds are owned and managed by Jockey Club Estates.
The Training Grounds, historically known as Newmarket Heath, has been home to many of racings most famous and colourful characters- horse and human alike- over the centuries. Whilst being extremely proud of its history, Jockey Club Estates has invested millions of pounds in the Training Grounds and their facilities to ensure that they remain an international centre of excellence for Thoroughbred training.
The town of Newmarket divides the Training Grounds into two, Bury side to the east and Racecourse side to the west. Each side is maintained by a skilled and dedicated team of 12 staff known as Heathmen, under the leadership of the Training Grounds Manager.
An extensive system of horsewalks across the town link Bury side to Racecourse side.
If you are interested in visiting and learning more about Newmarket as the headquarters of British horseracing, you can visit Discover Newmarket's website.
Discover Newmarket offers a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and to see the equine stars at work. You can meet their trainers and the staff who look after them. They can arrange guided tours for groups and individuals which can also include a day's racing at one of Newmarket's two world class Racecourses.
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