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Hamilton Road stables
For over 4 centuries racing has been staged in Newmarket, but how have the racecourses evolved from an initial starting point at Fleam Dyke Pumping Station, some 8 miles from the town, with a winning post barely 200 metres from the town centre, into two world recognized, excellent racecourses and a universal acceptance that Newmarket is the Headquarters of racing?
To access an interactive racecourse map showing over 50 individually named racecourses CLICK HERE. The map will enable you to:-
1. Determine when extended races over 8 miles, 6 miles and 4 miles began to be replaced by the courses now visited by thousands annually;
2. Consider how the challenge of crossing the Devil's Dyke was overcome;
3. Contemplate why the town no longer has a steeplechase course despite having at least 5 courses during the past 2 centuries;
4. Examine the practicalities of having up to 48 starting posts and winning posts;
5. Appreciate that it was not financially viable to have an open racecourse spread widely across the heath, with a finishing post barely 200 metres from the town centre;
6. Research how and why the Cambridgeshire Handicap has been contested over 3 different courses.
NOTE: The map does not make mention of 2 particular courses:-
(i) Sefton Course (also known as the Cambridge Road Course)
Source: 1970 Raceform. Used from 1959 to 1975.
(ii) New Circular Course
The Circular Handicap was run on Friday 29th October 1875 on the New Circular Course of about two miles.
Source: London Standard (30th October 1875): ''the horses started near the Turn of the Lands, ran back way of the Cambridgeshire Course towards the Ditch, and afterwards proceeded down the side of the Tan Gallop, and turned into the Rowley Mile near the Bretby Stakes starting post, finishing at the stand at the end of the flat. Except in the hollow near the Cambridgeshire start the runners should have been visible all the way if the sky had been bright and clear''.
Another report hoped that the Circular Handicap would become a feature in future programmes, as it would be contested in front of the new grandstand which would be completed in about a year and would be able to accommodate thousands.
(I am grateful to Tim Cox for bringing attention to these 2 courses.)
Enjoy researching the intriguing history of Newmarket and its many racecourses.
The Hamilton Stables racing establishment, on the Hamilton Road, was often divided into 2 separate yards, but over time it has flitted between a single yard and up to 2 yards. The complex is located on the opposite side of the Hamilton Road to the racecourse and extensive Jockey Club gallops, but with easy access to the gallops. To the right of the main Hamilton Stables is Lemberg and Frankland Lodge, while on the left is Hamilton Lower yard (once called Hamilton Hill) and Carriageway Stables.
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Hamilton Stables is 5|
|To enjoy the experience of a day at Newmarket races in May 1838 CLICK HERE|
|The map opposite, shown courtesy of Ordnance Survey, indicates the location of the Hamilton Stud at the start of the 20th century. The land on which the Hamilton Stud, and its surrounding fields, once stood is now replaced by training establishments which, in 2020, were named Heyward Place, Charnwood, Frankland Lodge, Lemberg, Hamilton Stables, Carriageway, Hamilton Hill, Shadowfax and Seven Springs Stable.|
1987-2002 Pat Mitchell
March 1988-1989 Billy Wilson
2002-present Michael Wigham
|In 2010 he won the Cambridgeshire with Credit Swap 14/1 ridden by Jim Crowley, while in 2012 he was responsible for the 33/1 shock winner Fanunalter in the Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot.|
|2007 Lingfield Park Conferences Apprentices Handicap CONFIDENTIALITY 4/1 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Robbie Egan
2007 Digibet Sports Betting Handicap at Kempton CONFIDENTIALITY 6/4 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Nicky Mackay
2007 Go Pontins Holidays Handicap at Wolverhampton CONFIDENTIALITY 5/4 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Nicky Mackay
2007 Go Pontins Handicap at Wolverhampton CONFIDENTIALITY 6/4 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Nicky Mackay
2007 Pontin's Short Breaks Handicap at Wolverhampton CONFIDENTIALITY 4/9 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Nicky Mackay
2007 Pontinsbingo.com Handicap at Wolverhampton CONFIDENTIALITY 4/9 owned by Mr J M Cullinan, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Nicky Mackay
2010 Cambridgeshire CREDIT SWAP 14/1 owned by Your Golf Travel Ltd, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Jim Crowley
2012 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot FANUNALTER 33/1 owned by A Al Kathiri, trained by Michael Wigham and ridden by Olivier Peslier
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