11th April 2018
The Youngest Jockey to Win the Grand National

The Youngest Jockey to Win the Grand National

Bruce Hobbs remains the youngest jockey to win the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase. Less than 3 months after his 17th birthday he guided the American bred and owned horse Battleship to a dramatic victory at Aintree on 25 March 1938. To add more spice to the young jockey’s historic victory, Battleship’s owner, the American heiress Marion Du Pon…

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8th April 2018
The Race That Never Was

The Race That Never Was

The 1993 Grand National was described by Peter O’Sullevan, the doyen of horse racing commentary as ‘The race that never was’.   With a global audience in excess of 300 million and the packed stands at Aintree anticipating the next instalment of the world’s greatest steeplechase, the race suffered two false starts and descended into chaos. 39 horses went to p…

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7th April 2018
Arab Horse Society Parade, Saturday 28 April 2018

Arab Horse Society Parade, Saturday 28 April 2018

Arabian Performance Horse Parade to take centre stage at Palace House Newmarket on Saturday 28 April 2018 As part of this year’s Arab Horse Society’s Centenary celebrations, AHS members with winners in all ridden disciplines will take part in a parade of leading Arabian Performance Horses on Saturday 28 April 2018 at 2.30pm. Taking place in the Sir Peter O’Sulle…

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6th April 2018
Newmarket Grand National Winners

Newmarket Grand National Winners

For the last three hundred years, Newmarket and its near neighbour Exning have had the choicest bred flat horses in the land striding up their gallops but during the 20th Century, they were also home to six Grand National winners. The first of those was one of the greatest perennials to grace Aintree. The 1923 winner Sergeant Murphy, who had been 4th in both 1920 and …

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28th March 2018
Palace House launches ideas bank for teachers

Palace House launches ideas bank for teachers

This March we have launched an online ideas bank of downloadable resources for teachers on the education page of our website. The resources support learning in the three areas of English, Science and Learning From Objects. They have been created as the result of teacher training sessions (led by Pippa Smith of “Handling The Past” and Robert Cooper of STEM Learnin…

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23rd March 2018
58 in the Lincoln Handicap

58 in the Lincoln Handicap

The Lincoln Handicap has historically signalled the start of the flat season.  One of the most remarkable races at the Carholme course in Lincoln took place in 1948 when 58 ran in the Lincoln. The Lincoln Spring handicap was first run in 1853 over a mile and a half (it was reduced to its current distance of a mile in 1865). In 1965 the handicap moved to Doncaster Rac…

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12th March 2018
Kribensis, the Newmarket Champion Hurdler

Kribensis, the Newmarket Champion Hurdler

Sir Michael Stoute, Sheikh Mohammed and the son of a Derby winner teaming up for a victory at the highest level in 1990 – nothing too unusual about that was there? Well there was on a day when the victory in question took place not at one of the world’s premier Flat tracks but instead at the crucible of jump racing, in the Group 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. K…

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9th March 2018
Tied Cottage – A Champion in my Heart

Tied Cottage – A Champion in my Heart

The annals of the Cheltenham Gold Cup are littered with horses that with a bit of luck would have had their names engraved on that role of honour. Pendil is a perfect example. None can be as gut-wrenching, however, as Tied Cottage. Trained by Dan Moore, he of L’ Escargot fame, Tied Cottage was foaled in 1968 and was by Honour Bound out of Cottage Ray. He made his Fe…

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5th March 2018
British Science Week

British Science Week

From Eohippus to Frankel there is plenty to discover at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House during British Science Week this year! The science of horseracing is a key focus within the galleries – with the Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred dedicated to the scientific reasons that have made racehorses the ultimate racing machine. The state of the art galler…

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28th February 2018
Take a Look: From Horse Hoof to Inkwell

Take a Look: From Horse Hoof to Inkwell

Civilisations Festival Display - From Horse Hoof to Inkwell 28th February - 1st June - 10am - 5pm - FREE The BBC television programme, Civilisation, broadcast by Kenneth Clark, aired in 1968, was a defining moment for the arts. It gave a unique, intellectual but accessible look at the history of art and how it has affected our society, and for that has been widely pr…

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