New Format And Charity Partner Announced For The Henry Cecil Open Weekend

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend has a new format in 2024 | Racing Welfare

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend committee announced on Wednesday that the 2024 event will support the newly-formed Newmarket Housing Trust as the main charity beneficiary. Racing Welfare, a long-standing charity partner, will continue to be supported by the Open Weekend which takes place this year on September 21-22.

The event has adopted a revised format for 2024, with all Newmarket trainers now set to open their doors on a bi-annual basis, having been split into two groups. 24 yards will be open to the public this year, including John and Thady Gosden's Clarehaven Stables which had not previously opened during the weekend. The likes of Sir Mark Prescott, Simon and Ed Crisford, Michael Bell and Charlie Fellowes will also welcome visitors in 2024.

Several other sites across the town will be open for the public to explore, including the National Stud, Injured Jockeys Fund Peter O'Sullevan House, British Racing School, Jockey Club Rooms, National Horseracing Museum, Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers and Rossdales Equine Hospital.

Charlie Fellowes, chairman of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, said, “I am incredibly proud to chair the Henry Cecil Open Weekend and to see first-hand the contribution the event has made to Newmarket. As an industry we must showcase all the elements of our sport and the event is a unique opportunity to welcome new visitors and give them exclusive behind the scenes access.

“My thanks must go to all the sponsors, partners, trainers and equine sites who support the event and a special thanks to both Juddmonte and the Niarchos family for their continued support [as sponsors], all without whom the event would not be possible.”

Tickets are available to purchase from Monday, July 1. Tickets are £15 when purchased in advance and £20 on the day, while children aged under 16 go for free. Further information can be found here.

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