9th September 2016
The Race That Never Was

The Race That Never Was

The St Leger Stakes, Doncaster, Wednesday, 6 September, 1939 - The race that never was We know that “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby – and the best horse wins the St Leger” but in 1939 we were denied the final classic. Blue Peter was certainly the fastest at Newmarket, he might even have been a tad lucky at Epsom, but would Pharis II…

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5th September 2016
Jilly Cooper book signing to take place at the National Heritage Centre and Rowley Mile Racecourse

Jilly Cooper book signing to take place at the National Heritage Centre and Rowley Mile Racecourse

Jilly Cooper OBE book signing to take place at the National Heritage Centre and Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 17th September for the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend Jilly Cooper will be in Newmarket on the 17th September to celebrate the release of her new book MOUNT! with a book signing that will take place at the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & …

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2nd September 2016
Frankel bronze to be on display at the National Heritage Centre

Frankel bronze to be on display at the National Heritage Centre

From left to right: John Hibbitt (Hibbitt & Sons Masonry Ltd), Chris Garibaldi (Director, National Heritage Centre), Cyril Humphries (Art Adviser), Graham Snelling (Deputy Director/Curator, National Heritage Centre, Lord Grimthorpe (Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Racing Manager) A statue of Frankel will go on display in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracin…

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31st August 2016
Opening Date for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Opening Date for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

19th September – Opening date for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House. Trainer's House and Palace House The eagerly anticipated opening date for the soft opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket will be on Monday 19th September. Exactly 350 years since the retu…

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26th August 2016
A Horseman’s Story

A Horseman’s Story

If Horses Could Talk In October 2014 I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Witheford, the well-known racing horseman at our Rowley Mile shop at a book signing for his book, 'If Horses Could Talk'.  With the generous help of his wife Suze, Gary has opened up to the Palace House blog to let us know his lifelong love of animals and his career in horse racing I hope you e…

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18th August 2016
Community Engagement Project taking shape in Newmarket

Community Engagement Project taking shape in Newmarket

Throughout Newmarket you may have noticed a number of reproductions of paintings with the slogan 'Explore, Discover, Be Surprised'. George Stubbs, Newmarket Heath, with a Rubbing-Down House c.1765 © Tate Britain 2016 This is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to allow Newmarket residence a sneak preview into the paintings that are on display in the Fred Packard…

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18th August 2016
Warlock

Warlock

Flint Jack is the only dual winner of the Ebor Handicap, but Warlock won two as well. Whereas both of Flint Jack’s successes came at York Warlock also won a Doncaster version. Although considered to be an “unlucky” horse the roan won a St Leger, defeated a Derby winner, won two Her Majesty’s Plates and once even got the better of the mighty Fisherman. The son …

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8th August 2016
The Tack Room: Food by The Pantry

The Tack Room: Food by The Pantry

A new restaurant to open in the heart of Newmarket in the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art’s restaurant/café has been named The Tack Room: Food by The Pantry and is due to be open to the public from the 5th September. Situated just off the public atrium in a modern adaptati…

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29th July 2016
Glory at Goodwood and much more

Glory at Goodwood and much more

Glory at Goodwood and much more Ahonoora and Greville Starkey As the Qatar Goodwood Festival draws to a close I look back at the career of Ahonoora, a sprinting star of the late 1970’s. At successive Glorious Goodwood meetings the rangy chestnut won major sprinting prizes, the Stewards’ Cup as a 50/1 outsider in 1978 and the Group 3 King George Stakes the follow…

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22nd July 2016
The Ultimate Derby!

The Ultimate Derby!

The Ultimate Derby! By guest blogger John Carter Whilst writing 'Warriors on Horseback, the Inside Story of Professional Jockeys', I suppose it was inevitable that I mused over how jockeys from different eras compared against each other.  Of course any judgement on who was the best of the best can never be satisfactorily resolved. Horse racing has changed, equipment …

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