15th November 2019
National Hunt Racing at Newmarket

National Hunt Racing at Newmarket

This week’s Palace House blog by Tim Cox takes a look back at National Hunt Racing at Newmarket. There will be no official horseracing at Newmarket, the Home of Horseracing until 16th April 2020 when the Craven Meeting starts the new season.  The winter hiatus was the established feature of Flat racing in the UK until All-Weather Racing was introduced in 1984.  …

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3rd November 2019
Prince of Arran’s preparations for the Melbourne Cup

Prince of Arran’s preparations for the Melbourne Cup

With the turf flat racing season drawing to a close in Britain the attention now transfers to America, the Far East and on the first Tuesday in November, the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Last year Prince of Arran, trained by Newmarket based Charlie Fellowes finished 3rd behind Godolphin’s Cross Counter and has again been aimed at this year’s $4,400,000 first…

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28th October 2019
King George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation

King George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation

Our latest temporary exhibition, King George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation opens on 28th November 2019 and will be available to view in The Moller Gallery at Palace House until the 19th April 2020. Variously cast in the public imagination as a dissolute wastrel, builder of the Brighton Pavilion or the slow-witted dupe of his scheming butler in the TV classi…

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24th October 2019
Monet’s Garden and his Old Roan Chase Hat Trick

Monet’s Garden and his Old Roan Chase Hat Trick

As the jump season gets under way, this weekend brings one of the early season highlights at Aintree with the sixteenth running of the Virgin Bet Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase, a Grade 2 handicap race run over 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards. Few horses have a race named after them but Monet’s Garden was honoured in this way after he made history by winning th…

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4th October 2019
Enable’s hunt for an Arc Hat Trick

Enable’s hunt for an Arc Hat Trick

It will be like Steve Redgrave’s five Gold medals if Enable wins the Arc on Sunday, Frankie Dettori said on ITV’s Opening Show last weekend. It puts into perspective the possible achievement, if Enable can become the first horse to win the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe three times on Sunday. Our latest blog looks ahead to Longchamp and Enable’s hunt for an Ar…

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19th September 2019
Frank Conlon: Working for Sir Henry Cecil

Frank Conlon: Working for Sir Henry Cecil

With only 2 more days until The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, I caught up with our popular Practical Gallery Interpreter Frank Conlon in the 'In The Saddle' gallery to talk about his days working for Sir Henry Cecil. Frank moved to Newmarket in 1968 from the West Midlands and worked for Michael Jarvis. He then went to work for Bernard van Cutsem, who trained champion h…

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6th September 2019
The Henry Cecil Open Weekend

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend

On the 21 and 22 September Newmarket will be buzzing with visitors attending the annual two day Open Weekend. The event, recently renamed The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, in memory of the legendary trainer, provides a showcase for the home of racing and attracts visitors from all over the country. Furthermore, since the return of the event to Newmarket seven years …

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5th September 2019
A Year as a Community Engagement Trainee

A Year as a Community Engagement Trainee

Our latest blog features a round up by Charley Murfitt of her year as a Community Engagement Trainee at Palace House. For the past year I’ve been a Community Engagement trainee here at Palace House as part of the Suffolk Museums’ ‘Transforming People to Transform Museums’ programme which is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s ‘Skills fo…

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23rd August 2019
The Match: Mrs Alicia Thornton VS. Captain Flint

The Match: Mrs Alicia Thornton VS. Captain Flint

Our latest blog  takes us back to 'The Match' in August 1804 when Mrs Alicia Thornton raced against Captain Flint.  The Match on the Knavesmire at York took place on 25 August 1804. ‘About four o’clock Mrs Thornton appeared on the ground, full of spirit, her horse led by Colonel Thornton and followed by Mr Baker & Mr Boynton. Afterwards Mr Flint appeared.…

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19th August 2019
Roberto and Brigadier Gerard at the Knavesmire

Roberto and Brigadier Gerard at the Knavesmire

The Juddmonte International is one of the premier middle distances races in the world and its glossary of winners include the mighty Frankel in 2012, Sea the Stars, Troy and the dual winning filly Dahlia.  First run in 1972 our latest blog by Grenville Davies recalls the history-making first running of the ten furlong contest which featured Roberto and Brigadier Ge…

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