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12th January 2020
A review of the 2019 Racing Year with John Berry

A review of the 2019 Racing Year with John Berry

John Berry on Roy Rocket (right) To start the New Year our first Palace House blog of features a review of the 2019 racing year and a look forward to 2020 with John Berry through a series of questions with the Beverley House trainer and Sky Sports Racing pundit. What do you think was the best race in 2019? Lys Gracieux’s recent win in the Arima Kinen in Japan str…

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24th December 2019
Gallic Glory in the King George VI Chase

Gallic Glory in the King George VI Chase

When the French trained 9 year old bay Nupsala completed the first circuit of the 1987 King George VI Chase few would have predicted the 25/1 shot would topple the even money favourite and reigning champion Desert Orchid.    Even fewer members of the racing circle would have foreseen the Gallic Glory in the King George VI Chase which trainer François Doumen woul…

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20th December 2019
All in a Neigh's Work

All in a Neigh's Work

Our latest Palace House blog “All in a Neigh’s Work” features our two new Community Engagement Trainees Alana and Charlie who reflect on their opening two months at Palace House. My name is Alana, and I am currently one of the Community Engagement Trainees at Palace House in Newmarket as part of the Suffolk Museums ‘Transforming People to Transform Museums’…

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6th December 2019
The Tingle Creek: A horse and a race that sends a Tingle down the spine

The Tingle Creek: A horse and a race that sends a Tingle down the spine

With the National Hunt season now grabbing the racing headlines our latest blog, ‘A horse and a race that sends a Tingle down the spine’, by Grenville Davies, reviews the Tingle Creek Chase a spectacular race named after this exciting horse of the 1970s.  This year's race is the feature of Saturday's card at Sandown. For many racegoers, one of the joys of the…

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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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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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