2023 Flat Season Recap

Now that the 23/24 Jump Season is over, we are reliving some of the best moments from last year’s Flat Season at Newbury!


#1 – Shaquille is victorious in the Listed BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes


Shaquille ran very strongly in the 2023 BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes (Listed) on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, winning easily under a great ride from jockey James Doyle. 

Shortly after his victory, Big Shaq (as he’s fondly known at home) went on to win the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 July Cup Stakes at Newmarket. 

The bay stallion retired to stud at the end of October 2023, and his first crop of foals will be set to make their debut in 2027.

Click the image below to watch Shaquille’s win here last year!




#2 – Arrest and Frankie Dettori


Frankie Dettori and Arrest made all to win the long-running Group 3 BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes. With this being Frankie’s last race at Newbury before he headed off to America, of course this had to be one of our top moments of 2023!

Click the image below to watch Arrest win here last year!




#3 – Not So Sleepy takes the Dubai Duty Free Autumn Cup 


The 11-year-old chestnut gelding proved that age is just a number after Oisin Murphy piloted him to win the £70,000 Autumn Cup Race after having not won a race in two years.

Not So Sleepy is a special horse as he is one of the few who competes both on the flat and over jumps. His record has been patchy but over his ten year racing career he has won the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle held at Newcastle on two occasions.

Click the image below to watch Not So Sleepy win here last year!



The Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend is the first flat meeting of the 2024 season at Newbury.


This weekend always promises to deliver high quality action on the track and unveil exciting prospects for the Flat season ahead. As well as top quality racing, there is a a bundle of activities and exciting opportunities across both days.


Newbury Racecourse’s craft beer festival returns, featuring over 30 real ale and ciders from local brewers. Visit the beer tent and get the taste buds flowing with a large variety on offer. With live acoustic music throughout the afternoon on Friday and Saturday as well as an afterparty on the Saturday!