The Rowley Mile Course

There are many famous sporting venues that exist in the world today, but none can boast the history of the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket. Named after ‘Old Rowley’, better known as King Charles 2nd the site of the course was the stamping ground for the King and his horse, also known as ‘Old Rowley’. It was the King who first put equine pursuits into Newmarket and the Rowley Mile was soon a course in its own right. See Newmarket history for more.

The unique straight of the course has remained unchanged for centuries, it is only the course development that has changed as new stands have sprouted up to accommodate the hordes of race-goers that attend the many Newmarket Fixtures at the course.

The Rowley Mile is a right-handed course covering a distance of two miles and two furlongs. It is unique as the start is actually in Cambridgeshire and the finish is in Suffolk. The course turns right handed into an undulating straight at the 1 mile 2 furlong mark, the final furlong of which is uphill and will expose stamina and speed weaknesses. It is a very tough test for young horses as its dips and undulations demand total concentration and good horsemanship from the jockeys.

The course has, for well over a century hosted the 2000 Guineas, the 1000 Guineas, the Cambridgeshire plus many other top quality races and is likely to be around for the next century too.


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