Newmarket Racecourse, is a British Thoroughbred horse racing venue in the town of Newmarket, Suffolk, England. Racing in Newmarket was recorded in the time of James I and Charles II was known to attend races on Newmarket Heath with his brother, the future James II. The first recorded race was a match for £100 between horses owned by Lord Salisbury and Marquess of Buckingham in 1622. The racecourse itself was founded in 1636. Around 1665, Charles inaugurated the Newmarket Town Plate and in 1671 became the first and only reigning monarch to ride a winner.

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