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17 September 2020

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend Goes Virtual This Weekend!

This year’s Henry Cecil Open Weekend will not take place in its traditional format due to Coronavirus, instead they will be bringing action from horseracing’s HQ straight into your homes with the first free- to-view virtual Open Weekend.

Here is what you need to know…


Video tours and entertainment will be free-to-view, but we kindly ask that if you are enjoying the behind the scenes action that you please DONATE via the Newmarket Open Weekend website.


Tours will be available to view throughout the weekend, 19th & 20th September, on our dedicated ‘Videos’ page. Full schedule to be announced.


See behind the scenes at some of the country’s leading training operations, with William Haggas, Charlie Appleby, James Fanshawe, Saeed Bin Suroor, Charlie Fellowes, plus many more, offering a unique insight into the history and day to day routine at each of their yards.


Enjoy virtual tours of leading equines sites in Newmarket, including Godolphin’s Darley Stud, Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons, British Racing School, and the National Horse Racing Museum.


The hugely popular Clipper Logistic Show Jumping Competition, won last year by Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy, will also be available to watch online and will once again be contested by some of the sport’s biggest names. While we also will be providing highlights from this year’s Al Shaqab RoR Hacks Show Class at the NHRM.


The Henry Cecil Commentator Challenge, supported by the Tote, Tattersalls and Racing TV, is a new aspect to the weekend. The competition, open to the public, will offer entrants the opportunity to film and record their best race commentary, with the winner picking up a cheque for £1,000 plus the chance to commentate live at Newmarket Racecourse during the 2021 Open Weekend. For more information on how to enter please visit our Commentator Challenge page.


The Henry Cecil Open Weekend 2020 is raising money in support of Racing Welfare, British Racing School, and The Racing Centre.

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