Open seven days a week, twelve months a year
The facilities of the Newmarket Training Grounds cater for all types of racehorse, at every stage of their career, from yearlings to point-to-pointers.
The 2,500 acres of training grounds are maintained all year round by a skilled and dedicated team of Heathmen split into two teams, one team on Bury Side and one on Racecourse Side. The full range of gallops and facilities available can be viewed on the map below and more details on the principal gallops can be found here.
Using an extensive system of horsewalks, horses cross from one side of town to the other without going on public roads, other than to cross them at dedicated horse crossings.
For over thirty years, Newmarket has pioneered the introduction of state-of-the-art facilities that use the latest artificial surfaces. There are now over 14 miles of gallops and canters on artificial surfaces, each varying in surface, length or gradient. The introduction and expansion of artificial surfaces has allowed the training grounds to accommodate more horses as well as reducing the reliance on turf gallops, thereby improving their condition when used.
No stretch of the turf gallops is used for more than one day in any year, and much is used only once every two years. Fresh ground is provided each day as appropriate. The quality of the turf is carefully protected and gallops are closed if conditions are unsuitable.
The Newmarket Training Grounds also have first-class National Hunt schooling facilities. These are located at The Links and include steeplechase fences and hurdles on turf, as well as an all-weather schooling strip and access to The Links grass gallops.