Newmarket Training Grounds
A world-class training centre at the headquarters of racing
Horses have been trained in Newmarket in preparation for racing for over 350 years. Today the Newmarket Training Grounds, owned and managed by Jockey Club Estates, span 2,500 acres and boast an unequalled array of facilities in terms of their scale and variety.
The town is home to around 80 racehorse trainers and at peak season there are close to 3,000 horses in training. The town centre divides the training grounds into two, ‘Bury Side’ to the east and ‘Racecourse Side’ to the west. An extensive system of horsewalks across the town link the two.
Integral to its enduring status as ‘the headquarters of racing’ is Newmarket Heath. The land of the Heath extends to both sides of town and includes the two racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course, as well as the training grounds. Under the care of The Jockey Club, the turf on the Heath has been protected and nurtured for centuries, avoiding being ploughed up during the wars and being kept free of railway lines and new roads.
As well as protecting the Heath, Jockey Club Estates has invested millions of pounds in new facilities and the latest artificial surfaces to ensure that Newmarket remains an internationally recognised centre of excellence for Thoroughbred training.