Severals Stables
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The Severals exercise ground, ideally located in the centre of Newmarket, is well-known beyond Newmarket, being so close to the historic Bury Side gallops. Overlooking The Severals is the Woodland Stables, set in 2.03 acres, which was built by Prince Soltykoff in 1883 and has welcomed a number of prominent trainers, including Jack Clayton and Harry Thomson Jones.

NEWMARKET RACECOURSES
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 original Woodland Stables, with its ancient clock tower, consisted of 12 boxes at the front and 3 loose boxes at the rear, while a new yard added a further 23 boxes and horsewalker.

In 2010 The Severals Sports Pavilion was built as a facility for Newmarket residents to enjoy sport, and was kindly donated by the Darley Stud Management Company Ltd.

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Severals Stables is 5
To enjoy the experience of a day at Newmarket races in May 1838 CLICK HERE
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2008-2014 Amy Weaver
Amy Weaver was born in Cheltenham, the home of National Hunt racing, and developed a love for the sport at an early age. After completing her compulsory education, she spent time in France as pupil-assistant to Jonathan Pease at a time when he trained Bago to win the 2004 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the Niarchos family. She then became assistant to Michael Bell at Fitzroy House Stables, benefitting from a scholarship to work with Christophe Clement in the USA. She successfully applied for a trainer's licence in 2008, aged just 27, and took charge of 12 boxes at Woodlands Stables in the Severals Rear Yard. She trained for over 6 years at the stables before deciding to change her career path and work on cruise ships.

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