Newton Abbot Racecourse

It was in 1866 that the present Newton Abbot site was purchased for horse racing, by local racing enthusiasts. During the first world war, the course was actually occupied by troops, who used it as a prisoner of war camp. Racing only took place on one occasion during the second world war.
After the war in 1945, came the Mildmay years. Anthony Mildmay, who later become Lord Mildmay, almost won the grand national on a horse named Davy Jones in 1936, it was only a broken buckle at the last fence that denied him a famous victory. His blue and white striped colors became legendary in the racing circles.
Mr Mildmay sadly drowned whilst taking an early morning swim, and his sister, who married a commander White, decided to keep the Mildmay name alive in racing, so they became the Mildmay-White’s. The Mildmay era was followed by, Tim Molony, Fred Winter, Terry Biddlecombe, John Francome, and Josh Gifford, all champions in their own right.
It was in 1964 that land was purchased on the Kingsteignton end, which enabled the course to be extended by 1.1 miles The old dilapidated grandstand was demolished and replaced by a state of the art complex. To celebrate the opening of the new stand in 1969, the Queen Mother bought her horse Woodman to race in a steeplechase.
The 70s and 80s became the Martin Pipe and Peter Scudamore years. Crowds fell badly during this period, sometimes at lows of 900-1200. It was in 1990 that a new direction was needed, and fresh out the forces Patrick Masterson was employed as general manager,
Still going strong today, Newton Abbot was named one of the best racecourses in Britain for racecourse owners in 2015, achieving a gold standard by the racecourse owners association ROA.
Newton Abbot is massively popular with its summer jumping schedule. There are 3 enclosures on the course, family, paddock, and course. The dress code is smart casual, with jeans and shorts both permitted in the paddock and course enclosures. Dress code in the restaurant is also smart casual, but only smart jeans and no shorts ripped denim or trainers.
With dedicated picnic tables in the course enclosure, this is a fantastic family day out course to visit. No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the racecourse
Newton Abbot has it’s own railway station and is a short three-quarter of a mile walk to the course. Tickets can either be bought online or at the gate on the day. Disabled facilities and wheelchair access is available throughout the course.

Where is Newton Abbot Racecourse?

Located in the beautiful picturesque county of Devon, huddled in a valley at the edge of the historic Newton Abbot., it’s no wonder this little racecourse is extremely popular amongst both racegoers and trainers. It’s located alongside the A30, otherwise known as ‘The Gateway to the South West’ and captures the warmth and beauty of Devonshire.
Roughly 210 miles from London and slightly shorter 175 miles from Birmingham. Plymouth is the closet city to Newton Abbot, which is a short distance away at 25 miles. The massively popular holiday destination of New Quay in Cornwall is a further 75 miles away.

What is the Highest Attendance at Newton Abbot Racecourse?

Between 1919-1945 the racecourse was pulling in crowds of 1500- 17000 on a regular basis. The end of the second world in 1945 saw one of the biggest ever crowd at Newton Abbot.
The end of the war celebrations on a bank holiday in 1945, saw one of the biggest ever crowds at Newton Abbot when over 17500 turned up to soak up the special atmosphere.

How Do I Bet on Horses at Newton Abbot Racecourse?

Placing a bet on a horse is not compulsory when attending the races, but it certainly adds to the excitement. Placing a bet couldn’t be easier. There are numerous bookmakers situated at the front of the course and the paddock enclosures. Tote facilities are also available throughout the enclosures.
You can also bet online by using racecourse odds betting sites, the array of different bets can be a bit daunting at times, but the 2 main bets, and most popular are a straight win bet, where you place a certain amount on a horse to finish first, or an each-way bet, where a horse doesn’t necessarily have to win, it just needs to be placed, where is dependent on the number of runners in the race, and offers available from bookmakers.

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