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.

 

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

 

Latest News

12-02-2024 10:57:40 in General by Peter McNeile
The recent withdrawal of Milton Harris' training licence has blown a hole in one of Wiltshire's most successful yards, but it says more about changing employment practices than about Harris' ability to train horses. One might say that's the easy part.  Harris has been stood down on the basis of not being "a fit and proper person" after breaching licence conditions on being a company dir...

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12-02-2024 09:12:53 in General by Peter McNeile
Big race pickings have been a little light at Barbury Castle this winter, although 30 winners have still accumulated well over £1/2m in prize money for the likeable Alan King. Like many trainers, he has been susceptible to the concentration of wealth in the foremost stables that chases down the best bred stock at the sales. So the small field that presented itself at Newbury for the Game Sp...

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08-02-2024 11:53:22 in General by Peter McNeile
Eagle-eyed followers of Point-to-Point racing may have identified a key clue in pursuit of the winner of the St James's Place Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival in the gloaming of an otherwise unremarkable day at Wetherby last week.  Hunter chases no longer fill the way they used to and often produce small fields where the more companionable atmosphere of the Point-to-Point scene draws mor...

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The news about the fatal accident that Keagan Kirkby suffered at Charing came after racegoers had left Larkhill but the loss of a genuinely popular young man will be felt across the whole point to point community. A real enthusiast with a strong love of horses, he achieved one of his ambitions when securing his first riding victory aboard the fragile Ask for Glory at Dunsmore in Novemb...

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