Henry Cecil Open Weekend on Sept. 18-19


Newmarket will host the Henry Cecil Open Weekend on Sept. 18-19 | Emma Berry

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, held in Newmarket from Sept. 18-19, will allow visitors the chance to see behind the scenes at British horseracing's headquarters and visit 30 training yards. All of the activities raise money for the charities Racing Welfare, Newmarket Pony Academy and a soon to be announced community project. The two-day event is also part of National Racehorse Week, with nationwide initiatives to celebrate the racehorse and showcase the excellent care and attention they receive each day. Some of the weekend's activities include:

  • 2021 Henry Cecil Commentator Challenge, sponsored by Dr. Johnny Hon at the Rowley Mile on Sept. 18
  • Sunday's action starts on the Warren Hill Gallops, sponsored by Tattersalls, where fans can watch Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}), and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) put through their paces between 8-9 a.m.
  • 'Tattersalls Talk' will be held in the main sales ring at Tattersalls at noon, as bloodstock agent Tom Goff explains the sales process
  • Sunday afternoon sees the Severals host the Qatar Racing Pony Club Games, Fun Dog Show, sponsored by Shadwell and the Clipper Logistics Racing Personality Show Jumping Competition

Prices start at £15 per person for a weekend wristband when purchased online in advance, or £17 from various sites in Newmarket over the weekend. Children aged 16 and under are free for the weekend.

Charlie Fellowes, Chairman of The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to Newmarket for the Henry Cecil Open Weekend. We have a record number of yards opening to the public on Sunday, 19th September, which is a fantastic testament to both the weekend and National Racehorse Week.

“Away from the yards we have an action-packed two days of activities, from tours to entertainments on the Severals. Named after the great Sir Henry Cecil, this weekend is all about celebration and we hope lots of people will join us and help raise money our fantastic charities.”

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