As the evenings are drawing in and the weather takes a turn, it is a telling sign that the flat season is slowly coming to an end. However, there is no reason to hang up the binos, or put away your best hat, as there is plenty of fun and action still to come in the next couple of months.
Although majority of the big flat race meetings have come and gone; except the Great British Classic the St Leger which takes place this Saturday 16th September, there are still plenty of race meetings to keep the flat fans entertained. An upcoming event not to be missed is The Cambridgeshire Meeting which is held over three days from the 28th - 30th September, at the Rowley Mile, Newmarket. The three days of racing are considered the highlight of the Gold Season and involves not only a festival of horses and racing, but of Beer and Ale too.
The Shadwell Friday offers plenty of racing competition with two Group 2 Stakes; the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes and the Shadwell Joel Stakes. Some may argue that the highlight of the racing on the Friday is the Shetland Pony Grand National Team Flat Race which sees budding young jockeys riding flat out on miniature ponies no bigger than 7 hands. A day well suited for everyone whether with colleagues or family and friends, there is something for everyone.
The racing attracts Trainers and Owners from all over the country as well as some international too, making for an even hotter contest. The key race of the meeting is on the final day, Saturday, with the famous Betfred Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap. This is the first of the historic Autumn Double; the second leg being the Betfred Cesarewitch at Future Champions Festival. The Heritage Handicap is a thrilling spectacle as thirty horses thunder up the Rowley Mile. There are also two Group 1 races including the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes; previously won by Aidan O’Brien trained Brave Anna.
Newmarket town is rich in history and is home to two racecourses including the Rowley Mile. Known as the birthplace of horseracing, the town revolves around the training yards and horses. The Jockey Club rooms and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art both situated in this home-town of the thoroughbred. Horses are such a big part of Newmarket that they even take priority on the roads; you couldn’t avoid them even if you wanted to.
Racing Breaks offer a great selection of general admission tickets as well as some fantastic group deals, not to be missed. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment and ensure a brilliant weekend of racing in no better setting than the home of the racehorse.
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