12th September 2018
Gainsborough

Gainsborough

As we reflect on last Saturday's final Classic of the season at Doncaster guest blogger Grenville Davies reviews the career of Gainsborough, the 1918 Wartime winner of the St Leger . The Holy Grail of British flat racing is the Triple Crown, comprising the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May over a mile, the Derby at Epsom over a mile and half in June and the St. Leger…

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3rd September 2018
The 2018 Newmarket Town Plate

The 2018 Newmarket Town Plate

A day after finishing 2nd in the 2018 Newmarket Town Plate on Saturday 25 August, Irishman Derek Jackson was visiting the National Heritage Centre and riding on the simulator!  Sixty four year old Derek, an accountant by trade, though now retired, stopped off at Palace House  for a few hours before flying back home to Ireland. The race for four year olds and upward…

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23rd August 2018
Eric's Ebor

Eric's Ebor

In the week of the Ebor handicap at York we spoke to Eric Eldin who in 1966 won the famous staying handicap on Lomond after a close fought duel with Lester Piggott on Valoroso. Our latest Palace House blog tells the story of Eric’s Ebor. What was the horse like? He was a placid nice natured chestnut horse who was looked after by a very good stableman in ‘Happy’…

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19th August 2018
The Day Lester returned to Haydock

The Day Lester returned to Haydock

Seventy years ago this August Lester Piggott rode his first winner under rules as a 12 year old at Haydock Park.   On Saturday 11 August Lester was back at the North Western race course to celebrate his 1948 victory on the 3 year old filly The Chase in the Wigan Lane Selling Handicap at odds of 10/1. The legendary Lester went on to ride another 4,492 winners, a reco…

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31st July 2018
Glorious Geordie

Glorious Geordie

From an extract of a blog first published in August 2014 following an interview with Willie Snaith in the National Horse Racing Museum garden we look back at his famous trilogy of rides on The Queen’s horse Landau. On the 28 July 1954, one of the museum’s dearest friends, Willie Snaith, the ‘Glorious Geordie’ won the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood riding Landau. F…

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28th July 2018
Celebrating Professor Roberts in Newmarket

Celebrating Professor Roberts in Newmarket

Today would have been the 100th birthday of pioneering equine veterinary surgeon Edwin James Roberts. To mark the centenary of his birth we are displaying items from the Roberts Collection, held by the National Horseracing Museum. The display explores Roberts’s place in the development of veterinary practice in the twentieth century as an innovative and pioneering v…

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26th July 2018
Mill Reef and the 1971 King George

Mill Reef and the 1971 King George

Resuming our series of Q & A’s with Ian Balding, our fourth blog features Mill Reef’s triumph  in Ascot’s mid-summer showpiece race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs.   Following Mill Reef’s Derby success the colt then had his first chance to run against older horses in the Eclipse Stakes where he beat the 1970 French …

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24th July 2018
Royal Palace

Royal Palace

On Saturday Ascot will host the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  The prestigious all age, one mile and four furlong race, was first run in 1951. Guest blogger Grenville Davies looks back at the career of Royal Palace, winner of the 1968 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The years from 1965 until 1972 were considered to be a golden era in European…

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12th July 2018
Celebrate the Suffrage Centenary at Palace House on Sunday 15th July

Celebrate the Suffrage Centenary at Palace House on Sunday 15th July

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House are celebrating 100 Years since Women got the vote on Sunday 15th July, the birth date of the leader of the Suffragette movement, Emmeline Panckhurst. We will be joined by historian and costumed interpreter Dr Kate Vigurs who will be in full Suffragette attire and giving rousing talks throu…

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10th July 2018
Newmarket Town Prepares to Welcome Iconic Lexus Melbourne Cup

Newmarket Town Prepares to Welcome Iconic Lexus Melbourne Cup

  As Newmarket gears up for three days of fantastic racing at the Moët & Chandon July Festival, the town is also preparing to welcome the iconic Lexus Melbourne Cup on its tour around the world. Arriving in Newmarket on Wednesday 11 July, the 18-carat gold Cup worth $200,000 will begin its tour at the yard of trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam early on Wednesday mor…

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