Newmarket is home to two of the country’s five ‘Classics’, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas which usually take place on the first Bank Holiday in May. Overall, nine Group 1s occur at Newmarket on their two courses, the Rowley Mile and July Course. This course is often referred to as the ‘Headquarters of British Thoroughbred racing'.
The Rowley Mile is known for its undulated straight mile which the two Guineas races take place on. It is also the home of Tattersalls, the main auctioneer of racecourses in the UK. Newmarket is also the home to Juddmonte, where Frankel breeds, along with the training facilities of John Gosden, one of the most successful trainers of all time. Godolphin has two racing stables in Newmarket as well as Darley Stud. Racing at Newmarket traditionally begins with the Craven Meeting in April and finishes with the ‘Final Meeting’, at the end of October.