Newmarket Using the Gallops
Open seven days a week, twelve months a year
Trainers moving to Newmarket to use the facilities on a daily basis are provided with a Newmarket Training Grounds Information Pack. This includes information on the location of gallops, opening times, Rules and Regulations, health and safety and useful contacts.
Any non-Newmarket based trainer, permit holder or point-to-point trainer wishing to use the schooling facilities at The Links National Hunt Training Grounds can do so by first contacting Jockey Club Estates Head Office. The same applies to any person wishing to enquire about working non-thoroughbred horses.
The system by which Jockey Club Estates charges for the daily use of the training facilities is known as Gallop Fees or ‘Heath Tax’ and it is paid by owners rather than trainers. Each month every trainer completes an Online Heath Tax Return detailing which horses have used the training grounds and owners are charged accordingly, directly from their account at Weatherbys.
All the facilities on the Training Grounds are included in this monthly charge with the exception of three “Special Gallops” - the Golden Mile and the Round Gallop (both peat moss) on the Limekilns, and the Watered Gallop (which is irrigated) on Racecourse Side. These gallops are charged on a per gallop basis.
Visiting trainers, permit holders and point-to-point trainers pay on a per visit basis. Their use of the facilities is restricted to The Links and the Cambridge Road Polytrack only. Daily charges are known as Links Tax.
Gallops Fees and Heath Tax are reviewed annually following consultation with the Heath Committee, which has representation from the trainers.
The Charges for 2020 are as follows:
Heath Tax (Flat and NH): £132.90 plus VAT per horse per month (this includes a contribution to the Newmarket Equine Disposal Scheme).
Links Tax: £31.00 plus VAT per horse per visit.
Special Gallops - Golden Mile and the Round Gallop on the Limekilns (£48.30 plus VAT per horse per gallop,
Watered Gallop: £27.50 plus VAT per horse per gallop.