Newbury’s Christmas Crackers | The Best of 2023

Relive eight great moments at Newbury Racecourse from 2023


We have enjoyed some incredible racing entertainment this year, with everything from Group 1 glory to our winter showpiece, the Coral Gold Cup. We have welcomed back Tom Jones and Olly Murs who brought our biggest crowds since pre-covid, and introduced new initiatives such as our Community Raceday and Summer Evening Series, bringing in both repeat racegoers and newbies! This year’s flat season proved to be a successful one, with many Group 1 horses racing taking to our track on their way to glory. Now the Jumps have returned and are in full swing, we look forward to welcoming racegoers, owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms and horses back to another thrilling National Hunt season

Below are some of our highlights of the year, make sure you check back each day for a new addition!


#1 – Lift Me Up 

This was not the first time Lift Me Up had been in the charts

Back in March, this name took top spot again as Christian Horner and Geri Halliwell brought their point to pointer, Lift Me Up, to Newbury for his first race under rules

His victory in the BetVictor Open Hunters Steeple Chase left his owners beaming with pride.

Watch the recap by clicking the image below!



#2 – Burdett Road

Not just a one trick pony, Burdett Road’s career continued to soar after his win here in June.

He raced to victory at Royal Ascot a few weeks later before beginning his campaign over Jumps where he has already found success, most recently at Cheltenham.

Watch the recap by clicking the image below!



#3 – Warm Heart

This fine filly started her British flat campaign at Newbury in May, stepping up to Listed company.

The globe trotter continued her international tour and has so far earned £1,355,571!

Watch the recap by clicking the image below!



#4 – Modern Games vs Chindit

The Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes proved to be competitive, but it was the tooth and nail fight between rivals Modern Games and Chindit that hit headlines hardest.

This was the highest performing content we’ve ever published! Across our channels, you’ve watched this footage over 1.1 million times

 Watch the recap by clicking on the image below!



#5 – Not So Sleepy

A horse of many talents, 11 year old Not So Sleepy turned back the years as he stormed to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Autumn Cup.

The chestnut gelding also loves his jumping, most recently winning the Gr.1 Fighting Fifth!

Watch Sleepy’s win in the Dubai Duty Free Autumn Cup by clicking the image below.



#6 – Derham’s Double

Harry Derham, based locally in Boxford, has quickly found his stride at Newbury in his first full season as a trainer, recording a double at our BetVictor Jumps Season Opener with Brentford Hope and Young Butler.

Here’s wishing Harry and his team the best of luck for the rest of the season!

Watch the double win by clicking the image below!


#7 – Hermes Allen

After galloping to Grade 1 glory in the Coral Challow Novices’ Hurdle last year, Hermes Allen returned to taste success again on his first time over chase fences in the Grade 2 Coral John Francome Novices’ Chase.

Click the image below to watch the recap!



#8 – Datsalrightgino

Our highlight of the 2023/24 Jumps Season so far has to be Datsalrightgino and Gavin Sheehan taking the Coral Gold Cup!

It’s always special to have a local winner and it’s safe to say that Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden’s triumph was very popular.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Datsalrightgino will accomplish next!

To watch the recap of Gino’s win, click the image below.