Newmarket in Suffolk has been the headquarters of British racing since the court of King Charles II. The Rowley Mile hosts flat racing in spring and autumn with the July Course used in high summer.
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Newmarket Rowley Course
The Rowley course is used for racing in April and May, then not until September and October. It is a two and a half mile L-shaped track, bearing right into a straight of ten furlongs, therefore all races of a lesser distance take place on a straight track. The course has slight undulations until the penultimate furlong, which is downhill and can cause horses to become unbalanced. A furlong out the gradient turns uphill; this section of the course is known as 'the Dip', and the complexion of races often alter after the horses have hit the rising ground, where any stamina weaknesses can be exposed.
The wide nature of the course means starting stalls are often placed in different positions, so long term stats on draw bias will prove inconclusive. It is better to concentrate on earlier races and pace.
Newmarket July Course
Racing takes place on the July course in high summer. The first mile is part of the Cesarewitch course, then the runners sweep right handed onto the Bunbury Mile; an eight furlong undulating straight line. The course runs on a slight downhill gradient until the final furlong, where there is a sharp rise until the winning post.
The effect of the draw is unpredicatable, and can change over the course from meeting to meeting. It is worth concentrating on earlier races when reaching a decision on which or any side is favoured.