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28th September 2011
28th September 2011 is the fifteenth anniversary

28th September 2011 is the fifteenth anniversary

Do you remember that extraordinary day in 1996? The bookies certainly do. On 28th September 1066 William , Duke of Normandy, landed at Pevensey on the Sussex coast¬†before going on to defeat Harold. On the same day in 1996 an Italian conquered Ascot by winning all seven races on the card. ¬† The National Horseracing Museum has on display some great mementos from…

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3rd August 2011
The Captain of HMS Pique

The Captain of HMS Pique

There was a very large stone¬† found wedged in a hole in the bottom of the frigate HMS Pique¬†when the ship was docked in Portsmouth in October 1835. The Pique had run ashore in the Belle Isle Straits, Labrador, in Sepember of that year. After refloating, she sailed across the Atlantic, without a rudder & with pumps continuously manned to control her leaks…

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19th March 2011
The Beacon Course started here.

The Beacon Course started here.

Standing in a field near Four Mile Stable Farm, along side the A1303 (the Newmarket to Bottisham road) close to where it crosses the A11 spur off the A14, is a square wooden post. Looked after, and carefully ploughed around, by the farmer it represents a significant feature in Newmarket's history. The wooden post in a field next to the A1303. The wooden post is in …

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11th January 2011
He stood accused:  200 years ago

He stood accused: 200 years ago

Daniel Dawson was an ex-groom who had become a tout and who is reputed to have lodged at the Five Bells Inn on St Mary's Square in Newmarket in 1811. Just up the road from St Mary's Square, on Mill Hill,¬† was Richard Prince's stables. Prince trained a number of horses that were entered for the Newmarket Spring Meeting that year, some of which had been heavily b…

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22nd August 2010
Albert and Conolly: Their Last Stand

Albert and Conolly: Their Last Stand

In 1830 Lord Veralum's bay colt Albert (b.1827) and jockey Patrick Conolly (1807-1842) were genuine Newmarket heroes and their place in Newmarket folklore should be respected and maintained. Albert was unbeaten in 5 races at Newmarket ridden by Conolly, who that year had also won the 2000 Guineas on Augustus and the St Leger on Birmingham. This engraving of Alber…

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22nd June 2010
First Runnings: The July Meeting

First Runnings: The July Meeting

To¬†complement the iminent July Festival meeting at Newmarket here are some facts and images relating to the first runnings of the major races of the meeting. The July Stakes - first running 1786 The July Stakes is the oldest two-year-old race in the Racing Calendar. The original conditions of the race stipulated that horses sired by Eclipse¬† and Highflyer sh…

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19th March 2010

Remember Lincoln racecourse?

Well the great battle of Cheltenham has been fought and won by Imperial Commander¬†and the marathon task of Aintree is three weeks away. Meanwhile the William Hill Lincoln Handicap Stakes is on the horizon and due to be run at the end of next week at Doncaster. ¬†As the National Horseracing Museum launches its new website it is timely for the first blog to con…

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