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

16-01-2021 20:02:26 in General by Admin
The Barbury Castle winner machine that is Alan King has been enjoying plenty of success in bread and butter races, but to maintain a position at racing's top table, it's the big races that enable you both to catch the eye and rack up some valuable prize money on which your ranking is decided.  Such is Alan's reputation that we've grown to expect winners in the big Pattern and handicaps that ...

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14-01-2021 18:25:36 in General by Admin
Britain's latest lockdown has put paid to Point-to-Point fixtures until at least the third week in February, and very likely later, notwithstanding the ability of organising hunts to stage subsequent fixtures. This has put increased importance on the relatively small number of Hunter Chases run under Rules at which horses can qualify for a place at Cheltenham or Aintree.This will now be exacerbate...

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09-01-2021 19:01:20 in General by Admin
If the loss of the only Barbury Point-to-Point fixture remaining this season through the lockdown has got racing fans down, the news has thankfully not spread to Marlborough's racing yards, which continue to flourish in this arduous winter.  After a Christmas period where the spotlight largely shone elsewhere, Barbury and Ogbourne Maizey were once again the focus of attention at Kempton and ...

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05-01-2021 09:57:47 in General by Admin
In the light of the Prime Minister’s Announcement last night, the Point-to-Point Authority acted immediately to call a pause to the Point to-Point season from today.  Peter Wright, CEO of the governing body, remarked, "Whilst I know that many of you would have liked to press on, and indeed the sport remains inherently safe, we cannot claim that we are acting in a vacuum.  The nati...

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