Around 1666, King Charles II inaugurated the Newmarket Town Plate which is still staged today, and in 1671 became the first and only reigning monarch to ride a winner.

The Rowley Mile and the Adnams July Course have today become the focal point for the largest cluster of training yards and racing organisations anywhere in the country, including Tattersalls and Palace House. The Home of Horseracing has had a love affair with the sport for 350 years and counting. 

Each year, the Rowley Mile course plays host to the first of the British Classics in the calendar with the Guineas run here while the sprinters scorch the turf in the July Cup on the Adnams July Course, a jewel in the annual Moet & Chandon July Festival crown.