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 December 12th Barbury International First Race 11.30am

Sunday February 13th Vine & Craven First race 11.30am

Sunday April 10th Tedworth First Race 1.15pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where?

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

 

Latest News

21-10-2021 12:46:41 in General by Russell Smith
Trueshan's exploits this summer and Alan King's growing presence on the Flat scene encourage one to believe his forays abroad may soon extend well beyond Punchestown or Deauville to the great racing events further afield. Ever since Bill Watts took Teleprompter to win the Arlington Million back in the eighties, the leading trainers under both codes have become more adventurous in their travel plan...

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17-10-2021 23:07:13 in General by Russell Smith
After a highly successful weekend, both Kings training on the Barbury downland have more than enough reason to appreciate the Sport of Kings description of our sport. Under both codes, each showed his appreciation of the finer points of our varied racing scene.  The headlines led with Alan King's siecind consecutive success in the Qipco Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, a race bringing w...

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The Point-to-Point Authority announced yesterday  INEOS Automotive as the new title sponsor of its Mixed Open Series, which will get underway in November. The three-year national partnership coincides with the launch of the widely anticipated INEOS Grenadier 4X4 in July 2022. The British-designed, rugged and uncompromising off-roader is being built to meet the extreme demands of its customer...

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03-10-2021 17:10:57 in General by Russell Smith
Trueshaan gave Alan King a second Group I victory of this Flat season when landing the Prix du Cadran in Lomngchamp's star-studded weekend of racing yesterday. In so doing, he emphatically beat the leading stayer across Europe - Stradivarius - and put himself in pole position for the title of champion stayer in Europe.  The race itself was clear-cut. A 4 1/2l winning margin was asserted soon...

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