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Newmarket (Suffolk and Cambs.) is the headquarters of flat racing, run on the downs since the reign of Charles II, who founded the Newmarket Town Plate and after whom the ‘Old Rowley’ mile course is named. It is the home of the Jockey Club, which built a coffee-house at the course in 1752. The best-known races include the 2,000 and 1,000 guineas, the Cambridgeshire, and the Cesarewitch. Newmarket is home to a large number of racing stables and to the National Stud.

J. A. Cannon

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