Newmarket's racing community is giving its backing to the town's new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art in its bid to win the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 prize.
This Friday (19th May), the Rowley Mile Racecourse at Newmarket takes up the early running by naming one of its races 'Museum of the Year Finalist Maiden Stakes' at 4.25pm. The race will be shown live on television (Racing UK) and in betting shops around the country.
Next week, motorists will start to see many of the Newmarket trainers horse boxes adorned with stickers supporting the announcement that the National Heritage Centre at Palace House is in the running for one of the art world's most prestigious prizes. Together, the vehicles are expected to clock up over quarter of a million miles before the winner is announced on 5th July. And visitors to the area won't miss the many roadside boards and banners announcing the recent shortlisting of the Museum by the Art Fund Museum of the Year judges.
The stickers have been very generously funded by dual Champion Trainer John Gosden who has said; “I think it is a fantastic incentive, a great way to get the word out about our sport’s Museum becoming a finalist for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize and I am delighted to be able to help.”
Looking further afield – racegoers will not be surprised to see a video on the big screens at Jockey Club Racecourses, highlighting what is on offer at the National Heritage Centre. Be sure to keep an eye out for special events and promotions that will be on between now and July!