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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8th July 2018
The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses

The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses

The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses. When we watch the horses thundering towards us on the July Course this week, it is worth reflecting that the horses are running on the same strip of land that has been used since the seventeenth century. The July Course, as we know it today, is part of the old Round Course set up by Charles II in 1666 to celebrate his return…

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3rd July 2018
Palace House to benefit from £250,000 Heritage Lottery Funding

Palace House to benefit from £250,000 Heritage Lottery Funding

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House is delighted at the announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that it has been awarded a £250,000 National Lottery grant from HLF’s Resilient Heritage programme. Designed to strengthen organisations and build the capacity of staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long…

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3rd July 2018
World class sculptor Charlie Langton in conversation with Nick Luck at Palace House

World class sculptor Charlie Langton in conversation with Nick Luck at Palace House

World class equine artist and sculptor, Charlie Langton will talk with racing broadcaster, Nick Luck about his work and inspiration on Tuesday 10th July at Palace House in a special evening talk. Langton is best known in Newmarket for his stunning statue of The Queen's Statue was unveiled in 2016 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. Inspired by the horse a…

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28th June 2018
The day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby

The day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby

Bruce Hobbs trained 48 Group winners from Palace House stables but despite several near misses his first, and what proved to be his only Classic success, eluded him until Saturday 28 June 1980, the day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby. Tyrnavos (1977) was named after a municipality in the Thessaly region of Greece by his owner George Cambanis, the Greek ship…

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16th June 2018
Curwen's Bay Barb

Curwen's Bay Barb

It is well documented that all modern thoroughbreds descend from the three foundation stallions, the so-called Fathers of the Turf. But the triumvirate of the Darley Arabian, Godolphin Arabian and Byerley Turk should rightly be joined by a fourth member - Curwen’s Bay Barb. Such is the dominance of the Darley Arabian  in the modern thoroughbred, (as shown on our p…

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15th June 2018
What makes Royal Ascot Special

What makes Royal Ascot Special

Next week the eyes of the racing world will be on Royal Ascot. But what makes the five days of the Royal Meeting which begins next Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes, named after its founder, the most unique global sporting occasion. To get a better idea we asked a variety of people from the racing industry including three Derby winning trainers for their reflections.…

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1st June 2018
Carozza - The Queen's first Classic winner

Carozza - The Queen's first Classic winner

In June 1957, Her Majesty the Queen won her first Classic when Carozza, ridden by Lester Piggott, snatched a dramatic victory in the Epsom Oaks. Guest blogger Amy Bennett reviews the career of Carozza, the only Royal Classic success for Lester Piggott. Until the powerhouse operation of Coolmore/Ballydoyle, few owners ever enjoyed a Classic season quite like that of Hi…

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28th May 2018
1971 Derby – I can’t believe he did it so easily.

1971 Derby – I can’t believe he did it so easily.

“I can’t believe he did it so easily” recalled trainer Ian Balding when asked about Mill Reef’s 1971 Derby triumph. Continuing our series of Q & A’s with Ian Balding, our third blog covers the build up to Derby Day and the young trainer’s memories of the 2nd June 1971 and Mill Reef's 1971 Derby victory. What specific training preparations did you take…

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