On Saturday 1st July Melodic Motion made history, carrying the bespoke Art Fund Museum of the Year silks to victory at Newmarket Racecourse’s July Course.
The three year old filly, trained by Ralph Beckett and ridden by Oisin Murphy took up the running with one furlong to go and was a decisive winner of the 1 mile 4 furlong Betway Fillies Handicap. Melodic Motion is owned by Sheikh Fahad’s ‘Qatar Racing’, who very generously allowed the filly to run in the special silks, was also on hand to see his filly win, along with members of the team from the National Heritage Centre.
The silks were designed especially for this race meeting to help raise the profile of the National Heritage Centre being in the running for the world's most prestigious museum prize.
Chris Garibaldi, director at the National Heritage Centre said;
“We are extremely grateful to Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and Ralph Beckett for allowing us to be part of Melodic Motion’s exciting win, especially being so close to us at Newmarket Racecourse.
It was a fantastic way to end the Museum of the Year Finalist campaign, and we hope the other finalists enjoyed the experience of the thrill of our amazing sport of horseracing. It shows the unique cultural territory that the National Heritage Centre at Palace House in Newmarket occupies, connecting as it does the worlds of sport, science and the arts. The involvement of Sheikh Fahad in this unique way echoes the industry-wide support we have received since the short-list was announced – so now it’s fingers crossed for a winner in both races!”
Speaking on behalf of Sheikh Fahad and Qatar Racing, Racing Manager David Redvers, said:
“Sheikh Fahad is delighted to help and did not hesitate once he heard about the initiative. The National Heritage Centre is doing a great job in promoting the sport and increasing people’s understanding of its history and heritage, while also educating and entertaining visitors. We wish them the best of luck in their bid to win the prestigious prize of Art Fund Museum of the Year.”