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1870-1898 Mary Anne & Elizabeth Seaber, Thomas Stephenson (Trainer)
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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.
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1899-1912 Frederick Day
|I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1836 map shown above. Terrace House Stables is 5|
|Fred was successful as a trainer, even training the winner of the prestigious Sydney Cup. In 1891 Fred was commissioned by Anthony Horden to return to Newmarket to attend the Newmarket thoroughbred sales, purchasing Deborah by Arbitrator, Spite by Dutch Skater and Idolatry by Isonomy and transporting them back to Australia. In 1894 Fred returned with his growing family to England, initially working in Cheltenham, but then he accepted an offer from Sir Ernest Cassel to become his private trainer at Moulton Paddocks. However, within 3 years of his return tragedy struck when his wife Emma died on 28th March 1897 leaving him desolate and with 6 young children to care for. He remarried on 12th January 1898 to a widow Jane Aldcroft and the newly formed family resided at Lowther House. By this stage son Reg was almost 16 and acted as Head Lad to his father. As well as getting remarried in 1898, the year proved to be a good one on the turf, for Fred trained Airs and Graces (SR 1901) to win the Epsom Oaks for Mr W T Jones, and won the Cambridgeshire with Georgic. Reg continued to support his father and, on one memorable occasion Reg took charge of 3 of Sir Ernest Cassel's horses at Royal Ascot in June 1900, overseeing Bonarosa win the St James's Palace Stakes, Solitaire to win the Gold Vase and Gadfly to win the Alexandra Plate. On the back of these victories, and with the sure support of Sir Ernest, Reg was encouraged to apply for his own trainer's licence which the Jockey Club granted despite Reg being only 17. Reg launched his training career at Terrace House in 1900 with the backing of his father Fred. In 1901 Fred won his second English Classic when Handicapper (SR 1950) was victorious in the 2000 Guineas. In July 1906 the Sporting Life listed all of the Newmarket Stables together with their respective trainers; F W Day was listed at Terrace House. Fred continued to train at Terrace House while Reg enjoyed a spell training in Germany, but Fred retired in 1912 providing an opening for Reg's return, and died on 11th March 1919 aged 66, while his second wife Jane died just 2 years later.|
1898 Epsom Oaks AIRS & GRACES (SR 1901) 100/8 owned by Mr W T Jones, trained by Fred Day and ridden by Walter Bradford
1912-1968 Reg Day (1906-1907)
1906 Great Jubilee Handicap DONNETTA 5/1 fav owned by Sir E Vincent, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Danny Maher
1914 Goodwood Cup SON-IN-LAW 9/4 owned by Sir Abe Bailey, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Frank Bullock
|1927 Ascot Gold Cup FOXLAW 8/1 owned by Sir Abe Bailey, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Brownie Carslake
1947 King's Vase AURALIA 100/8 owned by Mrs A Johnston, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Doug Smith
1948 Doncaster Cup AURALIA owned by Mrs A Johnston, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Doug Smith
1950 Queen Mary Stakes ROSE LINNET 10/1 owned by Mrs A Johnston, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Doug Smith
1952 New Stakes (later Norfolk Stakes) BLUE LAMP 10/1 owned by Mrs C Woodbridge, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Doug Smith
1956 Yorkshire Cup ROMANY AIR trained by Reg Day and ridden by Bill Rickaby
1961 1000 Guineas SWEET SOLERA (SR 1988) 4/1 owned by Mrs Magnus Castello, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Bill Rickaby
1961 Epsom Oaks SWEET SOLERA (SR 1988) 11/4 fav owned by Mrs Magnus Castello, trained by Reg Day and ridden by Bill Rickaby
|Top 5 Terrace House horses of all time
SOLARIO (1925 St Leger, 1926 Ascot Gold Cup, Coronation Stakes)
SWEET SOLERA (1961 1000 Guineas, Oaks)
SON-IN-LAW (1914 Goodwood Cup, 1914 & 1915 Jockey Club Stakes, 1915 Cesarewitch)
HANDICAPPER (1901 2000 Guineas)
AIRS & GRACES (1898 Epsom Oaks)
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