Horse Racing

Newmarket Racecourse Betting Guide 2023

Newmarket is regularly described as ‘the headquarters of British horseracing’. That’s because it is home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country.

Fittingly Newmarket is also home to not one but two racecourses: The Rowley Mile and the July Course.

Both are wide galloping tracks used only for Flat racing and because of the proximity to the country’s leading training establishments there is an abundance of Group races staged throughout the year and winning any race at the so-called ‘HQ of flat horse racing’ is very difficult.

No less than nine Group 1 races are staged at Newmarket every year and this number includes the first two classics of the season, the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas. Newmarket betting odds, particularly ante-post lists, always ooze class.

Newmarket Free Bets & Betting Offers

Staging many prep-races for the following year’s classics, and almost always broadcast live on ITV (as well at Racing TV), the online bookmakers are usually generous with their Newmarket free bet offers and betting promotions.

You will have little problem finding enhanced odds on race winners doubling in the following season’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas.

As ever with live ITV horse racing, the longstanding and excellent bet365 offer of ‘back a 4/1+ televised winner and get a free bet in the next race’ almost always applies here and, as leading online bookmakers sponsor so many of the top-races at Newmarket, finding boosted Newmarket horse odds is rarely a problem.

Newmarket Racecourse Layout & Info

Newmarket Racecourse is located in Suffolk, England, about 13 miles from Cambridge.

The Rowley Mile Course has a 1-mile 2-furlong straight with some undulations and a small dip around a furlong from the finish. This course, with excellent facilities, is used for racing in the Spring and Autumn and it hosts the majority of the Group 1 races staged in the town including the 2000 & 1000 Guineas.

Rowley Mile Notable Features:

  • The running rails are regularly moved to different parts of the track so it is difficult to identify any draw biases which exist here.
  • One of the best Newmarket betting tips is to watch the races staged earlier on the same day and see if you can spot what starting gates may be advantageous.
  • The gruelling final 150 yards often sap the stamina of pace-setters so don’t count your winnings until the leading horse actually crosses the line.
  • Close finishes and heart-breaking short-head defeats are commonplace on the Rowley Mile course.

The nearby July Course, which has separate grandstands and facilities, has a mile straight often called ‘The Bunbury Mile’ which is raced downhill for most of the way but it does have a final furlong which is an incline.

July Course Notable Features:

  • The wide open nature of the July Course race track means there is no great draw bias on this course.
  • Front runners do have a good record at this course. In fact pacesetters on the Bunbury Mile have one of the best records of all UK tracks.

Watch Newmarket Races Online

Between April and June the Rowley course hosts seven Group 3 races, a Group 2 and a pair of Group 1 contests, the pick of which are:

  • Apr / May – The Jockey Club Stakes
  • Apr / May – The Palace House Stakes
  • May – 1000 Guineas
  • May – 2000 Guineas

During July and August and on the July Course there are two Group 1 races, four Group 2’s and a pair of Group 3 races, the best of which are:

  • July – The July Cup
  • July – The Falmouth Stakes
  • July – Superlative Stakes
  • July – Duchess of Cambridge Stakes

From September onwards there are five more Group 1’s back on the Rowley Course (plus ten Group 2’s and Group 3’s), these are:

  • September – Cheveley Park Stakes
  • September – Middle Park Stakes
  • October – Fillies Mile
  • October – Sun Chariot Stakes
  • October – Dewhurst Stakes

Newmarket Horse Racing Betting Tips

Local trainers have an enormous advantage at Newmarket racecourse. Not only do their horses need to travel just a few miles to get to the course, the Newmarket training centres feature the bulk of the top flat trainers in the country.

Local Talent

As a rule of thumb, outside of handicaps, races are rarely won by outside stables. And you should always respect any horses which have been heavily backed in maiden races.

Rare French Runners

Similarly when a horse/trainer visits from outside of the UK you should take heed. Knowing what’s needed to succeed

here, French trained runners (although rare) do particularly well at the Newmarket courses and you would be well ahead backing them all blind to level-stakes down the years.

‘In Play’ Betting

You can expect many races to have a dramatically changing complexion on the Rowley Mile course so be cautious when backing horses ‘In Play’ or head over to the Betfair betting exchange and consider being a ‘layer’.

Top Trainer & Jockey Combo

A deadly combination at both tracks during recent years has been Charlie Appleby trained horses for his patron Godolphin ridden by William Buick.

All are at the head of their respective leading trainer / jockey / owner lists and also show a profit to level stakes in all areas. If you receive a Newmarket tips today involving this amalgamation take them very seriously.