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?

Season curtailed. Come racing back next winter

 

 

 

 

 

Where?

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

 

Latest News

27-07-2021 19:38:32 in General by Russell Smith
Alan King toasted success in his first Group I winner on the Flat when Trueshan saw off a sustained challenge from Away He Goes in the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup today, winning by 3 3/4l going away. The stable's first Group I completes a transition to a fully dual purpose stable that is barely 4 years in the making, and has established King as one of the principal dual-purpose trainers in the country....

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13-07-2021 09:08:04 in General by Russell Smith
Whilst Andrew Nicholson was polishing off a fourth 4* win at Barbury's International Horse Trials a few weeks ago, another horse trainer in a different discipline was re-invigorating a previous hopeful in Stratford's Silver Salver, its mid summer handicap hurdle feature.  Hang In There enjoyed a promising novice introduction when winning a graded race at Cheltenham in November 2019 before lo...

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30-06-2021 20:56:07 in General by Russell Smith
Barbury was a sadder place today with the news that Lil Rockerfeller, a stalwart of Neil King's burgeoning traing operation along the ridge at Burderop, had succumbed to a heart attack after the listed Dawn Run Chase at Auteuil on Sunday.  The ultimate trier among racehorses was running for Andrew Hollinshead, who trains in France, following a spell with Tom George's successful French raidin...

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23-06-2021 12:59:33 in General by Russell Smith
You know the racing world is short of news when the hoary old chestnut of yet another day to the Cheltenham Festival rears its ugly head again.  I can scarcely believe this debate has resurfaced once more, and it must surely be the case that this rumour emanated far from Prestbury Park. There are so many reasons why a 5 day Festival should not come on the agenda presently.  Ground Som...

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