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6 Jun 2018


All of us at Newbury Racecourse are deeply saddened to hear news of the passing of the legendary racehorse Denman.

Trained by Paul Nicholls throughout his illustrious career, Denman was renowned for his relentless running-style and never-say-die attitude, which saw him accumulate an astounding 14 wins and 6 places from 24 starts.

His first three seasons under rules registered a near-perfect 13 wins from 14 starts, with the only blemish a surprise defeat at the hands of Nicanor in the 2006 Royal and SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival (Now the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle).

Those wins included memorable victories in the Hennessy Gold Cup and Aon Chase here at Newbury but culminated most emphatically with a historic defeat of Kauto Star, another legend of the sport, in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, with future Grand National winner Neptune Collonges back in third.

In his next season, Denman was diagnosed with a fibrillating heart, but after time off for treatment he returned to the racecourse and went on to finish a gallant second in three more Cheltenham Gold Cups.

But in November of 2009, ‘The Tank’ as he was now known, ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in Newbury as he galloped his rivals into submission under a monster weight of 11st 12llbs to win his second Hennessy Gold Cup.

That victory, off a 13lb higher mark than his other top-weight Hennessy success in 2007, proved to be his last, and Denman was retired in 2011 with a tendon injury.

To honour his incredible achievements and love affair with Newbury, the race in which he won here in 2008, known then as the Aon Chase, run on Betfair Super Saturday in February was renamed the Denman Chase in 2012, and was won this year by subsequent Gold Cup hero Native River.

With five wins from seven starts here in Berkshire, Denman will be forever ingrained not only in the history of Newbury Racecourse, but in the history of the sport of Kings in general. He was simply the horse of a lifetime, and our thoughts are with all of those connected to the great warrior.

Rest In Peace The Tank, Denman.

Notice Board

20 Aug 2018

Thank you for joining us on Saturday 18 August. As you may be aware, there were some technical difficulties during the Rudimental concert resulting in the DJ set finishing earlier than expected.

Those technical issues were outside of the direct control of both Newbury Racecourse and the artist, but we apologise for the disappointment this may have caused.

As a gesture of goodwill, we will be issuing a 30% refund on the ticket element of your package price. This will be processed automatically by our accounts team and may take up to 14 working days to appear in your account, please bear with us.

For those customers who purchased their ticket at the racecourse on the day, please contact Newbury Racecourse direct on or 01635 40015 – please note you will be required to provide proof of purchase.

We hope to see you again at Newbury Racecourse in the near future.

19 Jul 2018

Travel update: Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018

Please be aware that due to ongoing engineering works taking place on the Newbury line, there will be no trains operating between Theale and Bedwyn on either Friday 20 or Saturday 21 July 2018.

Rail replacement buses will be in operation to serve intermediate stations, and regular buses will be available at Reading Station from 11.00 to run directly to Newbury Racecourse. A half hourly service will be available from 11.15 to 12.45. Passengers heading to the races are advised to change at Reading for direct fast buses to Newbury Racecourse and should allow additional travel time when planning their journey.

For the return journey from Newbury Racecourse, buses will be available from 16.30 until 20.00 for a similar half hour service direct to Reading. Customers for intermediate stations or for stations to Bedwyn should use the scheduled rail replacement services and those travelling towards Bedwyn should note that the buses will depart from Newbury Station (town centre).

To plan your journey to the racecourse, visit

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you to Newbury Racecourse.

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