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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22nd July 2016
The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse

The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse

The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse – the final phase of construction at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket. The Home of Horseracing Trust which is responsible for raising the funds to build the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket is…

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7th July 2016
A Bird's Eye View

A Bird's Eye View

If you have seen any topical racing cartoons recently you have probably seen the work of Darren Bird know as Birdie. During the Guineas Festival weekend @DarrenBirdie attended a book signing for 'The Best of Birdie' at our Rowley Mile racecourse shop. The museum’s Stephen Wallis caught up with Darren to find out his background and how he has become racing’s most…

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6th July 2016
The Frankel Project

The Frankel Project

The late Sir Henry Cecil's wish to see his legendary champion Frankel painted in oils in the style of George Stubbs has now been achieved by equine artist Nichola Eddery and the painting is about to receive its first public showing at the opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art at Newmarket from 7th - 9th July. Frankel, unbeaten in h…

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29th June 2016
The National Horseracing Museum Closing Date

The National Horseracing Museum Closing Date

On July 11th 2016 The National Horseracing Museum and café, housed in the Jockey Club’s old Subscription Rooms on Newmarket’s High Street will close its doors to the public. The Museum, which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1983 has received over 500,000 visitors. Since it opened its doors, the collection which has grown over the years, is now of internati…

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