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 7th First Race 1.15

 

 

 

 

Where?

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

 

Latest News

04-03-2019 06:11:09 in General by Admin
A day at the races is unlike anything else you can experience in the sporting world. Terrific races exist around the world, but particularly in the UK there’s a character and ambiance about these events that results in an unparalleled spectacle. It’s wild and refined at the same time, exciting yet leisurely, classy but casual, and always, above all else, thoroughly enjoyable. None of...

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27-02-2019 12:30:24 in General by Admin
The Cheltenham Festival is the ‘Mecca’ of the sport, just as the Barbury International fixture defines the foremost quality of the racing merchandise between the flags. Cheltenham is the one place every disciple of jump racing and betting must visit at least once in their lifetime, an unbelievable four days of racing action which transcends anything the likes of Royal Ascot can offer. ...

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25-02-2019 19:11:24 in General by Admin
Barbury basked in unseasonal sunshine on Saturday for the eight races at the rescheduled Vine & Craven Point-to-Point, at which the honours went to Will Biddick and Phil York – the only two men currently riding with over 300 successes in points – both of whom rode doubles, and to the irrepressible Tim Underwood, who trained two winners, which shot him to the top of the Dubarry Lead...

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22-02-2019 19:46:01 in General by Admin
The second Vine & Craven point-to-point of the season takes place on Sunday at Barbury and the eight scheduled races, which kick-off at 11.30am, have attracted an excellent entry of 161, writes Jake Exelby. Clerk of the Course John White reported this morning that the snow on the course has almost gone and that the going is now Good to Soft, Soft in places. Meeting Secretary Karen Hobbs told m...

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