350 silks on show

22nd May 2017

The official 350th anniversary Jockey silk, designed by local Newmarket school girl, Naomi Baldock, are now on display.

Naomi won the nationwide competition which took place in 2016, beating chris-garibaldi-and-naomi-baldock-350-silkthousands of young budding fashion designers to claim victory wth her bold and modern silk design.

Two of Naomi’s silk design were created into the real thing, and one was modelled by Frankie Dettori last October. The very same silk is now on permanent display at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art for visitors to see. Naomi received the second of her designed silk, framed for herself from Newmarket Racecourses.

The competition was judged by BBC Two’s Great British Sewing Bee judge, Patrick Grant and three times Champion Jockey, Frankie Dettori!

Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, said;

“The competition was formed as we look to mark the historic milestone of 350 years of competitive racing here at Newmarket. A huge amount of credit has to go to Naomi for her design, but also to the thousands of others who entered. It wasn’t an easy decision to select just one winner.”

 Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art said;

“This was a brilliant way to continue the 350 year anniversary celebrations here at Newmarket in 2016. We are delighted that the National Heritage Centre has been chosen to display the winning silk, and having seen Naomi’s design, I am sure visitors will enjoy seeing these commemorative silks for years to come.”