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Did you know that the Rowley Mile on the Newmarket racecourse is the longest turf straight in the horseracing world? It stretches for 1 mile 2 furlongs (i.e. 1.25 miles). The Rowley Mile is a course in itself, one of two in the Newmarket complex. The Bushes near the end of the course mark the start of its famous dip, and were where Charles II liked to spectate from he by the way the last monarch to ride a Newmarket winner!

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