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Warwick Racecourse

The history behind warwick racecourse

 

Warwick Racecourse Retains Its Historic Charm and Character

 

Warwick Racecourse is a course rich in tradition and heritage, one which has certainly played its part in the history of horseracing – most notably when it became the first course to include a jump race in its programme, establishing Jump racing as it is known today.


Nestled next to Warwick Castle, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the country with racing being traced back to as early as 1694. The sport was introduced to the market town in the hope of attracting wealthy professionals to help rebuild the areas wealth after the devastating Great Fire of Warwick.


The inaugural race at the course was held in 1707, but another 102 years passed before the first stand was opened, parts of which remain today among the later developments.


The most famous name to grace the course was the legendary Red Rum, who ran once on the flat in 1967- the same year in which the course was bought by The Jockey Club, who continue to host a Jump racing calendar from September - May.

Winners of the Kingmakers Novices' Chase

Year

Winner

AGE

JOckey

Trainer

1991

Anti Matter

6

Peter Scudamore

Martin Pipe

1992

Milford Quay

9

Peter Scudamore

Martin Pipe

1993

Flashthecash

7

Adrian Maguire

Toby Balding

1994

Boscean Chieftain

10

Richard Dunwoody

Jackie Retter

1995

No Race

1996

Arctic Kinsman

8

Carl Llewellyn

Nigel Twiston-Davies

1997

Mulligan

7

Adrian Maguire

David Nicholson

1998

Lake Kariba

7

Richard Johnson

Paul Nicholls

1999

Flagship Uberalles

5

Robert Thornton

Paul Nicholls

2000

Cenkos

6

Jimmy McCarthy

Oliver Sherwood

2001

Whitenzo

5

Joe Tizzard

Paul Nicholls

2002

Armaturk

5

Timmy Murphy

Paul Nicholls

2003

No Race

2004

No Race

2005

Kadount

7

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2006

Voy Por Ustedes

5

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2007

Ursis

6

Dominic Elsworth

Steve Gollings

2008

Kruguyrova

5

Jimmy McCarthy 

Charles Egerton

2009

Gauvain

7

Noel Fehilly

Charlie Mann

2010

Long Run

5

Sam Waley-Cohen 

Nicky Henderson

2011

Finian's Rainbow

8

Andrew Tinkler

Nicky Henderson

2012

No Race - abandoned due to a frozen track

2013

Majala

7

Jason Maguire

Tom George

2014

Balder Succes

6

Wayne Hutchinson

Alan King

2015

Vibrato Valtat

6

Sam Twiston-Davies

Paul Nicholls

2016

Violet Dancer

6

Jamie Moore

Gary Moore

2017

Flying Angel

6

Willy Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2018

Saint Calvados

5

Aiden Coleman

Harry Whittington

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