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?

Sunday April 8th - Tedworth

 

Where?

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

 

Latest News

20-04-2018 12:00:00 in General by Admin
Title to the Dubarry Leading Trainer Award for Barbury was shared as the presentations were made at Sunday's Tedworth Point-to-Point Races. Joint winners Tim Underwood and Phil Rowley enjoyed success at different times of the season, but were able to each pick up a voucher to spend with the sponsor worth £500. Underwood, picking up the prize for the second year in succession, enjoyed a doub...

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11-04-2018 12:00:00 in General by Admin
LOTUS Pond once more repaid his connections' faith with a convincing victory in the JM Finn & Co Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup at the Tedworth Hunt meeting at Barbury Racecourse, near Marlborough, writes Russell Smith. The ten-year-old gelding, trained by Mickey Bowen at Haverfordwest, has had tendon trouble in the past. But here he added to a course and distance success and a win at ...

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03-04-2018 15:45:12 in General by Admin
A COMPETITIVE entry has been received for the JM Finn & Co Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup at Barbury Racecourse, near Marlborough, on Sunday, writes Russell Smith. Lotus Pond, from Mickey Bowen's Haverfordwest yard, won a veterans' race over this course and distance at the International meeting in January, beating Templebraden by six lengths, and the pair could renew rivalry in the feat...

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22-03-2018 21:38:03 in General by Admin
 Barbury runners acquitted themselves with great distinction at this year’s Festival, stamping the racecourse as a proving ground for top flight Point-to-Point candidates.  The St James’s Place Foxhunter proved its worth once again as a vintage race for the amateur Corinthians that comprise the grass roots of the sport and a favourite for Pointing fans who make the race thei...

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