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23rd August 2019
The Match

The Match

Our latest blog  takes us back to a famous race 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 appeare…

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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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10th July 2019
Flags, Tapes and Starting Stalls: Part 1

Flags, Tapes and Starting Stalls: Part 1

Fifty four years ago on 8th July 1965 Lester Piggott riding Track Spare won the Chesterfield Stakes at the Newmarket July Meeting. This was the first use of starting stalls on a racecourse in Great Britain and marked the most significant step taken in this country to give every horse in a race a fair chance of winning by all starting at the same time. From the early…

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30th June 2019
Palace House and the first Eclipse Stakes

Palace House and the first Eclipse Stakes

With this year’s Eclipse Stakes at Sandown only a few days away, our latest blog by Tim Cox discusses the link between Palace House and the first Eclipse Stakes. There is an intriguing link between Palace House in Newmarket and the first running of the Eclipse Stakes in 1886. The Sandown management wanted to offer a guaranteed £10,000 to the winner. That was more…

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19th June 2019
Hyperion's attempt to win the 1934 Ascot Gold Cup

Hyperion's attempt to win the 1934 Ascot Gold Cup

This week's blog takes a look at Hyperion’s attempt to win the 1934 Ascot Gold Cup. The previous year the 15h 1 1/2in chestnut, with four white socks, had easily won the Derby and St Leger by four and three lengths respectively. On the last day of May 1933 he had become the smallest Derby winner since Little Wonder in 1840. The Ascot Gold Cup raced over 2 mile 4 fu…

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16th June 2019
Willie Snaith (1928-2019) A Newmarket Man

Willie Snaith (1928-2019) A Newmarket Man

"Willie Snaith was more than that, he was a Newmarket man, not just a friend of the Museum". Graham Snelling, former Deputy Director of the National Horseracing Museum, gently corrected my original opening sentence. Willie, who died on 14 June 2019, was born in Gateshead and left school at 14. After a year working in a wool shop in Newcastle he moved to Middleham in…

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