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16 September 2019

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend: A look at what’s on

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend will take place this weekend (21st and 22nd September), giving visitors the rare chance to see behind the scenes at British horseracing’s HQ and an opportunity to meet see stars Logician, Enable and Stradivarius on the famous Warren Hill gallops.

This year’s Open weekend has been renamed to celebrate the life of the late, great Sir Henry Cecil. The three-year partnership, backed by a group of his previous owners, is committed to supporting the development and welfare of young people working in the racing industry. Beneficiaries are Racing Welfare, The Racing Centre and British Racing School.

Prices start at £17 per person for a Sunday wristband and can be purchased during the weekend at all equine sites, car parks, and yards. Children aged 12 years of age and under go FREE all weekend.

Charlie Fellowes, Chairman of The Henry Cecil Open Weekend said: “The Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for the public to go behind the scenes and meet the trainers, staff, and horses that have made this a summer of racing to remember.

“We have an action-packed weekend planned for our visitors to enjoy. The queen of racing Enable will canter on Warren Hill, alongside a host of other big names on Sunday morning. After events finish on the Heath, myself and 20 other Newmarket trainers will open our gates to the public between 9am-12:30pm, a highlight of the weekend.”

What’s on?

  • 21 trainers are set to open their doors to the public from 9am – 12:30pm on Sunday, including Amy Murphy, Hugo Palmer, Richard Spencer, David Simcock, George Scott, James Fanshawe, George Boughey, David Lanigan, Charlie Fellowes, and new this year, Sir Mark Prescott.
  • Godolphin Lifetime Care will also take part in this year’s Open Weekend and open the doors to Craven House where there will be various ex-racehorses on show, including Dubai World Cup winners African Story and Prince Bishop, so too Ascot Gold Cup winners’ Colour Vision and Papineau.
  • Access and tours to Newmarket’s integral equine sites – Newmarket Equine Hospital, British Racing School, Peter O’Sullevan House, Longholes, Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers, National Stud, Jockey Club Rooms, and Palace House – the National Horseracing Museum.
  • A new exciting addition to the weekend is the opening of the Injured Jockeys Fund’s third rehabilitation and fitness centre, Peter O’Sullevan House. Located adjacent to the British Racing School, the centre will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Equipped with state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities, the centre will host two demonstrations at 9:30am and 11am.
  • An action-packed Sunday starts on Warren Hill Gallops (sponsored by Tattersalls) where fans can watch superstars, including Enable and Stradivarius, be put through their paces between 8am – 9am. There will also be the inaugural Blandford Bloodstock Trainers Hacks Race – a 5f dash up the grass at 8:45am.  No jockey excuses this time!
  • Sunday afternoon entertainments will take place in the main arena on the Severals and will feature the Waitrose Stable Staff Tug of War Games, Martin Collins Pony Club Games, Clipper Logistics Racing Personality Show Jumping and Fun Dog Show.
  • The hotly anticipated inaugural Pony Club Games, kindly sponsored by Martin Collins, kicks off proceedings in the main arena on the Severals.  An inter-yard competition like no other, as trainers, jockeys, stable staff and kids all get involved in classic gymkhana team games.
  • Celebrity competitors in the Clipper Logistics Show Jumping include top jockeys Andrea Atzeni, Josephine Gordon, Harry Bentley, last year’s winner Ryan Moore and 2019 Champion elect Oisin Murphy. Other notable competitors include ITV Racing presenter Francesca Cumani, plus trainers George Scott and Amy Murphy.

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