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29th May 2020
A Reassuring Voice - Simon Bailey

A Reassuring Voice - Simon Bailey

We have all probably had some bad days during lockdown.¬† A lot of times a reassuring voice makes all the difference.¬† One man who has continued to offer that help, albeit slightly differently, during the past two months has been Simon Bailey, The National Chaplain for UK horse racing. In our latest Palace House blog, Stephen Wallis spoke to Simon Bailey to fi…

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27th May 2020
A Jockey During Lockdown - Grace McEntee

A Jockey During Lockdown - Grace McEntee

With racing planned to resume on 1st June, we wanted to find out¬†what it has been like for an Apprentice jockey during the lockdown.¬†In our latest Palace House blog, our Digital Marketing Officer Robin, spoke to the Racing Excellence Apprentice Hands and Heels All-Weather champion and All-Weather Championship Apprentice Jockey runner-up, Grace McEntee. What…

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25th May 2020
Must See Monday: Prince Monolulu

Must See Monday: Prince Monolulu

Our first amazing exhibit, part of our #MustSeeMonday series, is our Prince Monolulu Display located in Gallery 6. Prince Monolulu, was an early racing celebrity and 20th-century tipster. He claimed to be an Abyssinian prince but whose real name¬†was Peter Mckay, was famous for his multi-coloured jackets. ¬†A typical outfit for him would have been a flamboya…

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17th May 2020
The Apprentice Frank Conlon and a treble for The Queen at Haydock Park 1957

The Apprentice Frank Conlon and a treble for The Queen at Haydock Park 1957

On Friday 17th May 1957 Frank Conlon, then a 17-year-old apprentice lined up against a future Royal Classic winning colt at Haydock Park.¬† The colt was Pall Mall, who was owned by The Queen, herself only 31 years old. Her Majesty the Queen with Hayley Turner, Frank Conlon and Pat Cosgrave on 3 November 2016 Our latest blog by Stephen Wallis looks back to a wond…

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13th May 2020
A Jockey During Lockdown - Rab Havlin

A Jockey During Lockdown - Rab Havlin

With the hope of horse racing returning to the UK in the near future we wanted to find out what it has been like for a jockey during lockdown.¬† In our latest Palace House blog, Stephen Wallis spoke to Rab Havlin 46, the experienced Scottish born horseman, who has been with John Gosden‚Äôs team for two decades. Only a couple of weeks before racing was suspende…

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7th May 2020
VE Day & The 1000 Guineas of 1945

VE Day & The 1000 Guineas of 1945

‚ÄúNo hour of life is lost, that is spent in the saddle‚Äù Winston Churchill At 3pm on Tuesday 8th May, (VE Day) Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke to the nation and declared that the war in Europe had come to an end. On that very afternoon thirty minutes earlier the 1000 Guineas was held at the July course and It‚Äôs hard to imagine the joy the la…

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1st May 2020
St Frusquin a Palace House 2000 Guineas Winner

St Frusquin a Palace House 2000 Guineas Winner

The 1896 flat racing season was famous for the rivalry between St Frusquin and Persimmon.¬† Our latest blog by Stephen Wallis features St Frusquin, a Palace House 2000 Guineas winner owned by Leopold De Rothschild. St Frusquin and Persimmon were both from the same blood, sired by the legendary racehorse and stallion St Simon.¬† Home bred by Leopold, his dam Is…

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29th April 2020
The 1975 2000 Guineas Race

The 1975 2000 Guineas Race

In the first of our two Guineas blogs this week, guest blogger Grenville Davies tells the story of the 1975 2000 Guineas when Bolkonski and Gianfranco Dettori, Frankie Dettori‚Äôs father, were surprise winners at the Rowley Mile. Frankie and Gianfranco Dettori in Palace House At the time of writing a dark cloud hangs over the Guineas, the only time in living m…

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21st April 2020
Racing Will Bounce Back

Racing Will Bounce Back

‚ÄúRacing will bounce back‚Äù says Newmarket Trainer John Berry. In our latest blog by Stephen Wallis, Palace House speaks to John Berry, a former Newmarket Mayor and Sky Sports Racing presenter who believes the economic effect of Coronavirus will have a significant impact on trainers‚Äô viability and racehorse ownership. With flat racing currently suspend…

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16th April 2020
The Craven Stakes

The Craven Stakes

Mid-April should be the time for many flat racing fans to pick up their Horses in Training book and head off in the spring sunshine to the Rowley Mile for the Craven meeting. Sadly, with no racing on home soil since 17 March because of the coronavirus and no official return scheduled to date, this year‚Äôs Guineas trials, principally the Nell Gwyn and Craven St…

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