On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September horseracing’s HQ throws open its door for the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket.
Saddle up for a weekend of exploring behind the scenes and great entertainment.
During the Open Weekend, recently re-named to commemorate one of Newmarket’s iconic trainers, visitors will get the chance to see some of the world’s best racehorses at Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine sites, go racing at the Rowley Mile racecourse, and visit the yards of leading Newmarket trainers.
Leading the preparations for September is local trainer and Chairman of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, Charlie Fellowes, who recently moved to the historic Bedford House Stables after Luca Cumani’s retirement last year.
“The Open Weekend is a fantastic way to showcase the town and horseracing to the public, whilst also raising much needed funds some very worthy causes,” explains Fellowes. “My yard will be one of many trainers’ yards open on Sunday morning, and there is a host of other exciting attractions and entertainments happening over the weekend. The Clipper Logistics Show Jumping at the Severals on Sunday afternoon is always a highlight and this year we will also be introducing a Pony Club Games Yard competition.”
Since the return of the Open Weekend to Newmarket in 2012, over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised for local and racing charities, including £115,000 for the Racing Welfare Newmarket Housing Project.
As part of this project, renovation of MacDonald Buchanan House commenced August which, once completed, will provide 18 units of high-quality accommodation for the young racing staff in the town.
This year’s Henry Cecil Open Weekend will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September and is set to be an action packed two days. During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world’s best racehorses on Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine sites, go racing at the Rowley Mile racecourse, and visit the yards of leading Newmarket trainers.
Charlie Fellowes, Chairman of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, added:
“We are thrilled to have the support and to be associated with such an iconic figure in racing. The Henry Cecil Open Weekend is about celebrating his life, raising money for some very worthwhile local causes, and offering racing fans the opportunity to see behind the scenes. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors here in September.”
Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said;
“The Henry Cecil Open Weekend is a standout occasion in the calendar each year and is one that we are very grateful to benefit from. The renovation of MacDonald Buchanan House is a key project in the town and funds raised by the event will help us in our aim to ensure that young people working in racing have the best possible start to their careers by the provision of high-quality, safe accommodation. We hope that the Henry Cecil Open Weekend is a huge success this year and thank the committee for their ongoing support of Racing Welfare.”
Numerous sites will be open to visit or tour over the two days, including Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons, Newmarket Equine Hospital, British Racing School, Tattersalls Auctioneers, National Stud, Jockey Club Rooms, and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. Racing at the Rowley Mile racecourse will take place on Saturday afternoon, during which trainers and other racing figures will take part in the open weekend’s annual commentary challenge. Each competitor will face the microphone to commentate on a race and help raise money for NOW’s chosen charities.
Sunday promises to be action-packed, starting on Warren Hill Gallops at 8am where fans can watch superstars be put through their paces by Newmarket’s top trainers, followed by the yards opening, before joining on the Severals for the afternoon entertainment. Horses are not the only four legged creatures in action at the Severals as our annual fun dog show will also return for your canine pals.
The weekend is raising funds for Racing Welfare’s Newmarket Housing Project, the Racing Centre, and the British Racing School. Further information regards the weekend can be found on the Sir Henry Cecil Newmarket Open Weekend website at http://www.thehenrycecilopenweekend.co.uk/news/.
Tickets will be available to purchase in advance online or can be purchased on the day at all car parks, equine sites, and yards. Prices start at £15 per person. Kids aged 12 and under go free all weekend.