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It's happy birthday to the Racecourse

Newbury celebrates 110 years at 1:10pm on Saturday

Malcolm Howe

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It's happy birthday to the Racecourse

SATURDAY’S climactic day of the Dubai Duty Free International meeting will mark 110 years of racing at Newbury.

The first race at the course took place on Wednesday, September 26, 1905 at the start of another two-day meeting, when 98 horses raced over two days.

The opening race - the Whatcombe Handicap - was worth £160. Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes will contested for a purse of £75,000.

The original crowd figure was around 15,000, with entry fees of between 2/6d (12½p) and one pound and Copper King claiomed the winner’s prize under jockey Charlie Trigg for trainer Charles Marnes.

The Copper King lawn and bar in the Grandsatand enclosure mark that first winner.

Saturday’s opening race will be brought forward to 1:10pm to mark the occasion and the timing will be accurate! The clock standing above the weighing room has been part of the course for all of those 100 years, having been bought in 1905 for £29.

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