Town Plate: entries needed

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Participants wishing to take part in this year’s Newmarket Town Plate have until tomorrow to declare their names for the historic contest.

This year’s race will take place prior to racing at the final meeting at the town’s July Course on Saturday, August 23

Founded in 1664 by King Charles II, it is the first race to have been staged under written rules.

It is also the only one to have ever been one by a reigning monarch with the founder taking the inaugural event aboard Old Rowley.

The three-mile six furlong race starts on the Round Course and finishes at the winning post on the July Course

A first prize of £200 will go to the winning owner and the winning rider will receive a Golding’s Perpetual Challenge Plate, a silver photograph frame, a £125 Golding voucher and a box of Powters celebrated Newmarket Sausages.

Professional jockeys, stable lads/lasses and grooms who work in full-time racing are not eligible to ride.

Entry forms can be found at or by contacting Lucinda McClure on 01638 675502.