The two-day Coral Gold Cup meeting, the highlight of Newbury’s National Hunt season, returns on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December


The showpiece meeting of Newbury’s National Hunt season, the Coral Gold Cup meeting, returns to the Berkshire track on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.


The weekend kick starts with the Grade 2 Coral Long Distance Hurdle on Friday which last year saw an almighty battle between Champ and Paisley Park. The Nicky Henderson-trained Champ prevailed in 2022 but Friday’s racegoers look set to be treated to seeing the legendary Paisley Park, trained by Emma Lavelle, return to the Berkshire track to try and go one better this year.


Won last year by the Skelton team with Le Milos, the prestigious £250,000 Coral Gold Cup contest over 3m2f looks set to be competitive once again on Saturday 2nd December. With a host of top-class horses still in contention, racegoers can look forward to another thrilling renewal of the 63rd running of the historical race at Newbury. The roll of honour includes National Hunt legends such as Arkle, One Man, Denman and Native River and Saturday’s winner will add their name to a storied list.


Racegoers can embrace the festive spirit at Newbury over the weekend with a free-to-ride carousel installed on-site while those who want to get closer to the action can enjoy the Racecourse’s ‘Trips To The Jump’ and join an ex-jockey at the last fence to watch the action culminate up close.


Coral will also be on-site at the Racecourse hosting their immersive virtual reality racing experience – free for racegoers to try – which places fans in the saddle to get a glimpse of what being a jockey is like on a big raceday.


After the conclusion of racing on Saturday, racegoers can watch the spectacle of the inaugural Goffs Coral Gold Cup sale of point-to-pointers taking place in the winner’s enclosure. The boutique sale features select point-to-pointers going under the hammer with similar sales taking place at Aintree, Sandown, Punchestown and Yorton.


Those in attendance on Friday and Saturday can enjoy live music throughout the afternoon in the Coral Gold Cup marquee to complement the on-track action. Once both days’ racing action are complete the Coral Gold Cup marquee is then transformed into the location for the famous Coral Gold Cup afterparty with a DJ taking to the stage on Friday and ’29 Fingers’ filling the headline slot on Saturday.


Harry Walklin, Marketing Director at Newbury Racecourse said: “The Coral Gold Cup meeting is always firmly marked in our calendar and it’s great we don’t have too much longer to wait. With top-class racing complemented by a host of off-track activities and entertainment it promises to be a memorable two days. We – along with our partners Coral – look forward to welcoming racegoers this weekend to kick-start the festive season.’’


Two-day passes have sold out for the bumper weekend but individual day tickets are available until the weekend and then on the gate on Friday & Saturday and with free on-site parking and the Racecourse’s very-own rail station, Newbury couldn’t be easier to get to.