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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 she wins 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 Arc Hat Trick a…

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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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16th August 2019
Introducing Oscar the Shetland

Introducing Oscar the Shetland

Introducing Oscar! Oscar is our newest mascot here at Palace House. He is a cheeky and fun little pony who loves meeting our visitors! Find out more about Oscar, Palace House and how you can meet him in our Q&A.   How old are you Oscar? 16 years young   What is your breed? I’m a Shetland pony   What is your height?  11 hands   What is your favou…

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8th August 2019
Horse Racing Colours

Horse Racing Colours

Horse Racing Colours have been a key part of the Sport of Kings since a Jockey Club resolution in 1762. If you take a browse in the King's Yard you will see our excellent gallery supported by Weatherbys which focuses on the administration of the sport. Under BHA regulations there are only 18 prime horse racing colours to choose from, but you can have any of these …

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24th July 2019
The Race of the Century

The Race of the Century

This weekend’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, The Race of the Century at Ascot is headed by two of the world’s top thoroughbreds, the dual Arc winning filly, Enable and recent Royal Ascot winner and course specialist Crystal Ocean owned by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Plus we have the added spice, as in 1975, of the Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck rep…

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12th July 2019
Flags, Tapes and Starting Races: Part 2

Flags, Tapes and Starting Races: Part 2

In Part 2 of our latest blog Tim Cox traces the history of starting races in Great Britain from the end of the nineteenth century when mechanical methods were introduced. Part Two: Mechanical Methods of Starting Races Phase 2: The barrier system 1897 - 1965 The flag system had to be replaced, but it was not until October 1897 that Phase 2 began when the first trial …

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