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 November 26 

Where?

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

Latest News

10-04-2017 22:02:57 in General by Admin
With 54 entered and only 15 declared, the Tedworth's meeting at Barbury looked like a disappointment for the racecourse that is as close to professional as you can get, writes Mark Pugh. The firm going made it ideal for those seeking fast but safe ground, and thought the competition may have been light on the ground, the entertainment was certainly not lacking for a good crowd that basked in warm ...

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04-04-2017 02:50:20 in General by Admin
With drying conditions, entries for the final Tedworth fixture this Sunday at the picturesque Barbury Racecourse are down on last year, but with 54 runners potentially taking their chance, the racing should remain competitive, writes Jake Exelby. The going is currently Good and organizers are hoping a high percentage of the entries will be declared on the day. Meeting Secretary Dominic Birkmyre sa...

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31-03-2017 04:53:29 in General by Admin
Success stories involving grit and determination in sport are a compelling watch and what often endear certain personalities to the mainstream media. These tales of sports professionals overcoming adversity are what inspire onlookers to achieve their specific dreams and goals whether in life or in sport. One of those inspiring tales is that of Alan King, the resident trainer at Barbury, and a huge...

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02-03-2017 19:03:55 in General by Admin
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the world's top racing events, and the highlight for every Pointing enthusiast, who waits hungrily for the St James's Place Wealth Management Foxhunter Chase on Friday. March 17th. Over 220,000 flock to see the four days and 28 races, from all over the UK, Ireland and beyond. The Festival began in 1908 and now lures some £600m in online bets alone. If the r...

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