Many big names are featured as Newmarket coaches open their doors to the public Horse racing news


Edward Whitaker

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Battaash: The retired master sprinter will be in Newmarket on Saturday

Edward Whitaker

A blockbuster weekend with big-name stars, exclusive behind-the-scenes views and events will take place in Newmarket on Saturday and Sunday when the Henry Cecil Open Weekend breaks the curtain on the UK’s first National Racehorse Week.

Racing fans have the opportunity to experience all of the city’s sights on both days. On Saturday, the Rowley Mile will take place with commentator Challenger Action, with six Newmarket trainers taking turns calling the runners and drivers.

Visitors to the city can also check out the British Racing School, National Stud, and Jockey Club Rooms on Saturday, while the brilliant sprinter Battaash is the star for those making their way to the National Horseracing Museum downtown.

An early start is required for those coming to Newmarket on Sunday, where greats like John and Thady Gosden, William Haggas and Sir Mark Prescott will be headlining the Warren Hill gallops between 8am and 9am.

Baaeed, winner of the Group 1 Prix du Moulin, is a late addition to the line-up, alongside stable mates Mohaafeth and Alenquer, while Alpinista, Stradivarius, Mishriff and Palace Pier, the second tallest horse in the world, are also exercised.

A total of 30 yards are open to visitors between 9am and 12.30pm, although those wishing to visit Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin Stables on Bury Road can only do so between 9am and 10.30am.

Other prominent stables opening on Sunday include Ed Dunlop, William Jarvis, Hugo Palmer and Roger Varian, while George Boughey on the Racecourse Side and Darryll Holland in Exning will also greet the crowd.

Charlie Fellowes, chairman of the open weekend that will open his court and show off his recently retired star, Prince Of Arran, said, “We are excited to see visitors back to Newmarket. We have a record number of farms open to the public which is fantastic evidence for both the weekend and National Racehorse Week. “

Sunday afternoon activities in Newmarket include a lecture by blood animal agent Tom Goffs at Tattersalls, plus a dog show and the Clipper Logistics multiples show jumping tournament, which will be attended by champion flat jockey Oisin Murphy.

Children up to the age of 16 have free entry all weekend. For more information, including how to buy tickets, visit

Newmarket’s Open Weekend completes the first-ever National Racehorse Week, an idea first proposed in 2019 by coach Richard Phillips in the Racing Post to help the public better access the sport.

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