History

Racing and horses have been central to Barbury for over 100 years, since Aubrey Hastings and then Ivor Anthony dominated the Flat & Jumps calendars in the first quarter of the C20th. Horses like Brown Jack (Champion Hurdle 1928), Morse Code (Cheltenham Gold Cup 1938), and Poet Prince (Gold Cup 1941) were all trained on the Barbury downs from stables in Wroughton.

Latterly, the Barbury torch has been carried by Mikey Heaton-Ellis, Clive Cox and Alan King. Alan, resident since 2002, has been in the top flight of British trainers for nearly 15 years after learning his trade with “the Duke”, David Nicholson.

Racing took place at Barbury until 1962 when the land was put into agricultural production. In 1992, the racecourse was re-opened and meetings have been added since to make Barbury one of the most frequented Point-to-Point courses in the UK.

Between 1995-2000, the estate staged the only timber race in the UK. The Marlborough Cup was very popular, often but not exclusively ridden by professional jockeys, but was discontinued at about the time that cross country racing emerged to become orthodox at Cheltenham.

Started in 2005, the Barbury International Horse Trials was awarded the highest level of International Eventing (CIC3*) in its first year and has grown to be one of the world's premier eventing competitions. Sponsored by St James's Place Wealth Management since 2007, Barbury now attracts 1,200 horses over 4 days and has been won by the world's best event riders from William Fox-Pitt through Pippa Funnell through to four time winner Andrew Nicholson. Barbury was part of the new and exciting Event Rider Masters Series in 2016.

 

Next Event

When?

Saturday January 20th 

 

Where?

Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

 

Latest News

05-12-2017 13:01:39 in General by Admin
Barbury Racecourse is set to stage the second Barbury International Point-to-Point on Saturday January 20th, following successful amendments to the sport that facilitated the inaugural fixture this last January.  The valuable fixture, supported by a prize fund of £5,750, is the most valuable Point-to-Point fixture in the UK calendar, supporting 7 races with no race worth less than &pou...

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28-11-2017 15:01:13 in General by Admin
Barbury was clear and sunny, but brisk and cold last Sunday for the opening Point-to-Point Owners Association fixture, reports Jake Exelby. A fair-sized crowd was rewarded with an excellent turnout - 65 of the 85 entries ran.  The highlight of the card, both on paper and on the day, was the Equine Health Centre Mixed Open. 19 of the 25 entries stood their ground, including John Corbet victor...

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24-11-2017 16:34:49 in General by Admin
Barbury's racin season was set neatly in context on Wednesday evening as racing connections from all around joined new Barbury Partner Hobson's Choice at a unique preview event at the kitchen designer's showroom in Swindon.  With four fixtures ahead, including the prestigious International fixture on January 20th, the event was attended by racing and Point-to-Point folk from the surrounding ...

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21-11-2017 20:23:41 in General by Admin
Situated high on the Marlborough downs, Barbury hosts the first of four race meetings this Sunday November 26th, writes Jake Exelby.  The season kicks off with the Novice Riders race, sponsored by Dodson & Horrell, now in their 31st year of support for the sport, longer than any other sponsor. The opener has 15 entries, including the useful former Philip Hobbs chaser Cloud Creeper, a fir...

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