Jilly Cooper book signing to take place at the National Heritage Centre and Rowley Mile Racecourse

5th September 2016

Jilly Cooper OBE book signing to take place at the National Heritage Centre and Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 17th September for the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend

Jilly Cooper will be in Newmarket on the 17th September to celebrate the release JCof her new book MOUNT! with a book signing that will take place at the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at 11.30-12.30pm and the Rowley Mile Racecourse from 3.30-4.30pm.

Mount! is set in the glamorous world of flat racing and features the return of the famous character Rupert Campbell Black. Jilly Cooper spent some time in Newmarket visiting trainers and stud yards for inspiration.

Jilly Cooper says of her time in Newmarket:

“I was so lucky to meet so many wonderful people in Newmarket who were unstinting in their help with my book.  These included Silver Fox charmer, Robert Cowell, who invited me to stay at his lovely yard at Six Mile Bottom, where I met the great Prohibit, who got very up himself after winning the King’s Stand Stakes.  Another highlight was meeting the wonderfully funny Sir Mark Prescott, who took me on a magical trip around his yard and horses, followed by buckets of the most delicious Pimms.  Other great trainers who inspired me were John Gosden, Roger Varian, Luca Cumani, and David Simcock who introduced me to the great Caspar Netscher, who had just returned from stud.  In order that he shouldn’t feel lonely, a new box was specially built for him, so he could look straight into David’s office.”

“Earlier in my research, I visited the yard of the most enchanting man, the late Sir Henry Cecil, who introduced me to the mighty Frankel while he was winning every race.  Later when the wonder horse had gone to stud at Juddmonte Farm, George the stable cat led me across the lawn to meet him.”

“I was helped too by former star jockey Richard Hills, now racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan and by Alistair Donald at Newmarket’s International Racing Bureau, who unravelled a lot of racing red tape for me. “

“In addition, I enjoyed several exciting visits to the Racecourse, because included in Mount! is a titanic battle to win the 2000 Guineas.  One of my happiest days was spent watching a stallion parade at Dalham Hall Stud, followed by a glorious lobster and champagne-fuelled lunch.  Finally, I adored my visit to Tattersalls, watching the auctioneers revving up the buyers, and admiring some of the handsomest men on the planet.”

Of course Jilly Cooper is not a stranger to the horseracing fraternity and is a huge mountsupporter of the Retraining of Racehorses Charity that now has a flagship yard in the Rothschild Yard at the new National Heritage Centre. The Rothschild Yard has been returned to its former glory having been left derelict since 1986 and will be home for up to eight former racehorses. There will be daily demonstrations in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena to showcase how thoroughbreds can go onto successful careers in different disciplines after racing, and four galleries to highlight the work of RoR and engage the public with many of the wonderful success stories. The two additional components that make up the National Heritage Centre include the new National Horseracing Museum and a National Gallery for British Sporting Art

Jilly will be coming to Newmarket on one of the most popular weekends to visit the town; The 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend which takes place once a year allowing the public access to see trainer’s yards, a sneak preview of the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art watch horses on the gallops and entertainment at the Rowley Mile Racecourse.

Book signing will take place at 11.30 – 12.30pm in the Palace House shop at the National Heritage Centre in the Rowley Mile Shop from 3.30 - 4.30pm, there will be with books available to purchase in both shops.