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1884-1894 Peter Price
Somerville Lodge was built in the late 19th century of gault brick and dropped slate, with one of its earliest resident trainers being the veteran trainer Peter Price. Peter, born in 1817, had begun training in the 1850s, but confined his training activities to horses owned by Edward Tattersall and himself in later years, dying on 23rd April 1894 aged 77 and was buried in Newmarket Cemetery.
1884 Nelson Welter Handicap Plate ARQUA 7/4 fav owned by Lord Cardross, trained by Peter Price and ridden by Alan Wainwright
1884 Gorleston 2-y-o Stakes ST EDMUND 9/4 owned by Mr Burrell, trained by Peter Price and ridden by H Morgan
1889 Moulton Handicap Sweepstakes PARGA 5/1 owned by Mr Hibbert, trained by Peter Price and ridden by George Chaloner
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.
1895-1903 Edward Price, Mr James Russell
In the will of veteran Newmarket trainer Peter Price, issued in September 1894, his personal estate was valued at £11,735 (equivalent today to £1.54 million), leaving his Meynell House estate to his nephew, Peter Price, and his Somerville Lodge estate to his nephew Edward Price. During some of the years following the death of Peter Price, and before Dawson Waugh took over in the early years of the 20th century, James Russell was listed as selling a number of horses from his Somerville Lodge base. It is not certain whether he worked in conjunction with Edward Price, or also trained at the racing establishment.
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Somerville Lodge is 8
|To enjoy the experience of a day at Newmarket races in May 1838 CLICK HERE
1904-1943 Matthew Dawson Waugh
Matthew Dawson Waugh, named after the great Newmarket trainer Matthew Dawson, was born in 1873 while his father Jack Waugh was training in Poland. He was the 7th son of a 7th son, for good or ill, and his brothers William, Charles and Tom all went into the racing industry. He could have had no better start in his introduction to training than by serving with John Porter at Kingsclere, and then Dawson took over in Hungary as private trainer to Prince Festitics, winning every principal race in the country for his esteemed owner. In 1900 he returned to England to support his brother William, who was private trainer to Sir Blundell Maple at Falmouth House Stables, but who suffered from ill health. In 1904 Dawson was appointed private trainer to Walter Raphael at Somerville Lodge Stables where he enjoyed much success. Dawson registered his own racing colours, orange with brown braid and cap, and enjoyed his first winner as an owner when Diagoras was ridden to victory by Otto Madden. Dawson had learnt from his father the importance of feeling a horse's legs which he did every morning with great skill, testing whether there was excessive heat. In July 1906 the Sporting Life listed all of the Newmarket Stables together with their respective trainers; Matthew Dawson Waugh was listed at Somerville Lodge. Dawson laid claim to being the only trainer to train a grey filly to win the Epsom Derby at the time, building on the success of Tagalie (SR 1989) in the 1000 Guineas to land the Epsom Derby for owner Walter Raphael. The next year he won the 2000 Guineas with Louvois (SR 1956) and very nearly landed a second Derby when Louvois was runner-up in the notorious 1913 Epsom Derby in which a suffragette was killed bringing down the King's horse, while the first past the post Craganour was disqualified in favour of 100/1 winner Aboyeur. He did achieve a fourth English Classic in 1924 when Straitlace (SR 1937) won the Epsom Oaks for Sir Edward Hulton. After the death of Walter Raphael and Sir Edward Hulton, Dawson trained for Lord Howard de Walden, winning many important races with Rose En Soleil in 1931. He retired from training, placing Somerville Lodge in the hands of his nephew Jack Waugh in 1943, retiring to Bournemouth where he died on Thursday 3rd November 1955 aged 83.
1908 Gimcrack Stakes BLANKNEY II 7/1 owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by W Higgs
1908 Newmarket Stakes ST WOLF 25/1 owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Herbert Jones
1908 Coventry Stakes LOUVIERS 4/1 owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by George Stern
1909 Newmarket Stakes LOUVIERS 2/1 owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by George Stern
1912 Dewhurst Stakes LOUVOIS owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Will Saxby
1912 1000 Guineas TAGALIE 20/1 (SR 1989) owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by L Hewitt
1912 Epsom Derby TAGALIE 100/8 (SR 1989) owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Johnny Reiff
1913 2000 Guineas LOUVOIS (SR 1956) 25/1 owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Johnny Reiff
1913 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Doncaster LOUVOIS owned by Walter Raphael, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Johnny Reiff
1921 Redcar Handicap YOKEL 8/1 owned by Mr C Read, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by P Jones
1921 Norfolk 2-y-o Stakes HIPPOCRAS 5/1 owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Brownie Carslake
1922 Duke of York Handicap at Kempton SOUBRIQUET owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Brownie Carslake
1924 Epsom Oaks STRAITLACE (SR 1937) 100/30 owned by Sir Edward Hulton, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Frank O'Neill
1924 Coronation Stakes STRAITLACE owned by Sir Edward Hulton, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Charlie Elliott
1924 Nassau Stakes STRAITLACE owned by Sir Edward Hulton, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Charlie Elliott
1931 Column Produce Stakes at Newmarket ROSE EN SOLEIL owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Joe Childs
1931 Gordon Stakes ROSE EN SOLEIL owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Dick Perryman
1931 Great Eastern Handicap at Newmarket BARGANY 5/1 owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Dick Perryman
1931 Scarborough Stakes ROSE EN SOLEIL owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Dick Perryman
1931 Knowlsey Dinner Stakes ROSE EN SOLEIL 9/4 owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Dick Perryman
1931 Ormonde Plate at Newbury ROSE EN SOLEIL evens fav owned by Lord Howard de Walden, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Joe Childs
1934 Princess Mary Stakes at Doncaster MARK TIME 11/2 owned by Mrs Dawson Waugh, trained by Dawson Waugh and ridden by Dick Perryman
1943-1945 Jack Waugh
Jack Alfred James Waugh was born on 11th November 1911, eldest son of the Classic winning racehorse trainer Tom Waugh who won the 1920 1000 Guineas with Cinna (SR 1958). Jack was Head Lad to his father from 1927 until 1932, moving on to take up the post of Assistant Trainer to Basil Jarvis from 1932 to 1939. He served with the Royal Artillery during World War II, but was wounded at Dieppe in 1942 and invalided out. He took over the yard of his uncle, Dawson Waugh at Somerville Lodge, in 1943, winning with Response at Newmarket in April 1943. In 1945 he purchased Heath House Stables, where he trained very successfully for the next quarter of a century.
1946-1955 Claude Halsey
In 1912, prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Claude Halsey was training at Sackville House. He was the son of the successful jockey and trainer William (Bill) Halsey, and was born in 1889, riding his first winner in 1904. Claude's training career was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, but he resumed training after the War, enjoying his most successful period as a trainer between 1920 and 1940 at Chantilly, France where his chief patron was Monsieur Alexandre Aumont. In November 1913 he married Doris Watts, daughter of the late trainer Jack Watts, at St Mary's Church, Newmarket, and was given away by her brother, the trainer J E Watts, although they later had an acrimonious divorce. After the Second World War ended he moved to Saville House, Newmarket between 1945 and 1946, before transferring a year later to Somerville Lodge where his son Alan acted as his assistant trainer. In 1947 Halsey took charge of a 3-year-old French colt in readiness for the derby. Pearl Diver was stabled at Somerville Lodge for a brief period of a few weeks in May and June 1947 and officially trained by Claude Halsey.
As a yearling he was inherited by Baron Geoffroy de Waldner on the death of his father-in-law Edward Esmond, and was trained as a 2-year-old by Percy Carter in Chantilly. As a 3-year-old he was awarded the Prix Matchem on disqualification, and was re-housed in Newmarket in preparation for the Epsom Derby. Pearl Diver (SR 2000) won the Derby at 40/1 by 4 lengths in the hands of George Bridgland before returning to France. The 1949 season got off to a flying start for Claude on Lincoln day when he won the first 2 races, the Sudbrooke Plate with Prince Foot and the Cranwell Handicap Plate with Trespass owned by Mrs V Esmond. Claude died of coronary thrombosis on Thursday 29th December 1955, aged 66, and was replaced at Somerville Lodge by son Alan.
1947 Epsom Derby PEARL DIVER (SR 2000) 40/1 owned by Baron Geoffroy de Waldner, trained by Claude Halsey (and Percy Carter) and ridden by George Bridgland
1949 Sudbrooke Plate on Lincoln day, PRINCE FOOT 6/1 owned by Mr R J Claydon, trained by Claude Halsey and ridden by Harry Packham
1949 Cranwell Handicap Plate on Lincoln day, TRESPASS 7/2 owned by Mrs V Esmond, trained by Claude Halsey and ridden by Harry Carr
1953 Bedford 2-y-o Stakes at Newmarket GOLDEN GOD evens fav trained by Claude Halsey and ridden by John Egan
February 1956-1957 Alan Halsey
Alan 'Jock' Halsey had served for 9 years as assistant trainer to his father Claude at Somerville Lodge from 1948 to 1955, but when his father died on Thursday 29th December 1955 Alan applied for a licence to train on his own account. He was granted a licence for the 1956 season at the young age of 34, and later the next year moved on to train at Machell Place.
1962-1964 Marcus Marsh
Marcus Maskell Marsh, son of Classic winning trainer Richard Marsh, was born in 1904 and followed in his father's footsteps, landing his first English Classic victory with Windsor Lad (SR 2100) in the 1934 Epsom Derby when training in Lambourn, followed just 3 months later in the St Leger. He had learnt his trade from his uncle, Fred Darling, before moving on as assistant to Captain Richard Gooch at Hodcott House, West Ilsley. In 1950 he took the brave decision to transfer to Newmarket, taking charge at Fitzroy House Stables. It paid almost immediate dividend when he was crowned British Flat Racing Champion Trainer in 1952 on the back of a dual Derby and St Leger victory by Tulyar (SR 2075). Marcus Marsh trained for over 40 years, including a final move to Somerville Lodge, before announcing his retirement in 1964, and then enjoyed 19 years of retirement during which time he wrote his autobiography, Racing with the Gods, in 1968.
1967-1975 Alfred Dalton
Alfred Dalton, previously a National Hunt trainer, took over Somerville Lodge in 1967 and branched out on the flat. One of his most prolific winners across both codes was Derreen who was owned by Huntingdonshire farmer Jack Billings. In 1967 it won the Junior 4-y-o Maiden Hurdle at Nottingham to become the first winner for Alfred's 18-year-old son John, and was so adaptable that it captured the 5 furlong Sedgley All-aged Stakes at Wolverhampton, later in the season going on to win the first running of the Claude Harrison Memorial Challenge Trophy at Haydock Park. Although Alfred kept his winners total moving along steadily for the next 8 years, wins were predominantly in low class handicaps or selling races.
1967 Junior 4-y-o Maiden Hurdle at Nottingham DERREEN 9/1 owned by Jack Billings, trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by John Dalton
1967 Sedgley All-aged 5-furlong Stakes at Wolverhampton DERREEN 100/30 fav owned by Jack Billings, trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by Greville Starkey
1967 Claude Harrison Memorial Challenge Trophy at Haydock Park DERREEN 100/7 owned by Jack Billings, trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by Frankie Durr
1971 Brandreth Handicap at Carlisle MISS MARVEL 9/2 trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by Alec Russell
1972 Roberton Plate at Lanark PLATANUS 10/1 trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by Tony Ives
1973 Last Straw Handicap Stakes at Warwick WYNTAC 2/1 trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by George Duffield
1974 Francasal Stakes at Bath RETHINK 4/1 owned by Alfred Dalton and ridden by George Duffield
1975 Belton Handicap at Nottingham RETHINK 10/1 trained by Alfred Dalton and ridden by Terry McKeown
|October 1982-1985 Geoff Huffer
At the start of the 1979 season Geoff Huffer began training at Cheveley Park Stables, having been assistant to John Bingham in Doncaster. In 1982 he moved stables twice in one season, transferring from Cheveley Park Stables to the Lester Piggott owned Calder Park Stables in January, before moving to Somerville Lodge in October 1982. He then moved on to La Grange stables in 1985 where he trained predominantly for Kuwait based owners and enjoyed a Group race success in 1988 when Persian Heights won the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
1987-present William Haggas
William Haggas, son of Brian, a Yorkshire Textile factory owner, was born at Skipton, Yorkshire on 23rd August 1960, and did not spend his early years in a racing environment. He was educated at Harrow-on-the-Hill and was a keen cricketer, representing Harrow at Lords against their arch rivals Eton College. Although he spent a short time working in his father's textile business, after 3 months he escaped to Newmarket, learning his trade from John Winter and Sir Mark Prescott. He launched his own training career in 1987 at Somerville Lodge, although initially he was in charge of a small string of 40 horses. He is married to Lester Piggott's daughter Maureen, and they have 2 children, Maryanne and Sam. He gained an early success with Tricky Note on 15th April 1987, while one of his first major winners was Bog Trotter, owned by his father Brian, who won the 1990 Champagne Stakes. In 1996 he won the Epsom Derby with Shaamit (SR 1970) owned by Khalifa Dasmal and ridden by Michael Hills, although he had to wait a further 15 years before landing his second English Classic, the 2011 Epsom Oaks with Dancing Rain (SR 1799). He had a record-breaking number of winners in 2014, equalling the record in the 2015 season, and then surpassing the total in 2016. William continues to send out high profile winners from Somerville Lodge both in the UK and on the International stage.
1990 Champagne Stakes BOG TROTTER 8/1 owned by Brian Haggas. Trained by William Haggas and ridden by Nigel Day
1996 Epsom Derby SHAAMIT (SR 1970) 12/1 owned by Khalifa Dasmal, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Michael Hills
2000 Gran Criterium COUNT DUBOIS 14/1 owned by Wentworth Racing Ltd, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Basil Marcus
2002 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) DUPONT 9/2 owned by Wentworth Racing Ltd, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Darryll Holland
2004 Pretty Polly Stakes (IRE) CHORIST 7/4 owned by Cheveley Park Stud, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Darryll Holland
2004 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) BRUNEL evens fav owned by Highclere, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Darryll Holland
2005 International Topkai Trophy, Turkey BRUNEL 30/100 fav owned by Highclere, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Andreas Suborics
2006 Gimcrack Stakes CONQUEST 9/2 owned by Highclere Thoroughbreds, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Jimmy Fortune
2008 Jersey Stakes AQLAAM 13/2 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Richard Hills
2009 Summer Mile Stakes AQLAAM 15/8 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Richard Hills
2009 Prix du Moulin AQLAAM 7/2 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Richard Hills
2009 Prix Maurice de Gheest KING'S APOSTLE 7/1 owned by Bernard Kantor, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Ryan Moore
2010 Gimcrack Stakes APPROVE 8/1 owned by Highclere Thoroughbred, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Eddie Ahern
2011 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) DANCING RAIN 8/5 fav owned by Martin & Lee Taylor, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Kieren Fallon
2011 Epsom Oaks DANCING RAIN (SR 1799) 20/1 owned by Martin & Lee Taylor, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2012 Cheveley Park Stakes ROSDHU QUEEN 4/1 owned by Clipper Logistics, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Johnny Murtagh
2012 Lowther Stakes ROSDHU QUEEN 9/2 owned by Clipper Logistics, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Richard Hughes
2012 St Hugh's Stakes ROSDHU QUEEN 11/10 fav owned by Clipper Logistics, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Ryan Moore
2012 International Topkapi Trophy, Turkey MASTER OF HOUNDS 21/20 fav owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Christophe Soumillon
2013 Brigadier Gerard Stakes MUKHADRAM 3/1 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Paul Hanagan
2013 York Stakes MUKHADRAM 4/9 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Paul Hanagan
2014 Eclipse Stakes MUKHADRAM 14/1 owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Paul Hanagan
2015 Lowther Stakes BESHARAH 11/4 owned by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Pat Cosgrave
2015 Gimcrack Stakes AJAYA 7/2 owned by Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Graham Gibbons
2016 Champagne Stakes RIVET 7/4 fav owned by The Starship Partnership, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Andrea Atzeni
2016 Summer Mile Stakes MUTAKAYYEF 7/2 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Dane O'Neill
2016 Racing Post Trophy RIVET 11/4 owned by The Starship Partnership, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Andrea Atzeni
2017 Summer Mile Stakes MUTAKAYYEF 4/7 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Dane O'Neill
2018 Irish Oaks SEA OF CLASS (SR 2020) 11/4 owned by Sunderland Holdings Ltd, trained by William Haggas and ridden by James Doyle
||2018 Yorkshire Oaks SEA OF CLASS 7/4 fav owned by Sunderland Holdings Inc., trained by William Haggas and ridden by James Doyle
2018 Pretty Polly Stakes (IRE) URBAN FOX 9/1 owned by Barnane Stud Ltd, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Danny Tudhope
2018 Prix De La Foret ONE MASTER 33/1 owned by Lael Stable, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot
2019 Craven Stakes SKARDU 3/1 owned by Abdulla Al Khalifa, trained by William Haggas and ridden by James Doyle
2019 Wolferton Stakes ADDEYBB 5/1 owned by Skeikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Danny Tudhope
2019 Duke of Cambridge Stakes MOVE SWIFTLY 9/1 owned by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Danny Tudhope
2019 Melrose Handicap HAMISH 7/1 owned by Brian Haggas, trained by William Haggis and ridden by James Doyle
2019 Pinnacle Stakes KLASSIQUE 7/2 owned by Miss Yvonne Jacques, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Danny Tudhope
2019 Pretty Polly Stakes (ENG) MAQSAD 5/4 fav owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Jim Crowley
2019 Prix De La Foret ONE MASTER 17/5 owned by Lael Stable, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot
|Top 5 Somerville Lodge horses of all time
SEA OF CLASS (2018 Irish Derby, Yorkshire Oaks)
PEARL DIVER (1947 Epsom Derby)
TAGALIE (1912 Epsom Derby, 2000 Guineas)
SHAAMIT (1996 Epsom Derby)
LOUVOIS (1913 2000 Guineas)
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