Churchill’s cup at museum

Aly Khan Memorial Trophy ANL-150317-163929001
Aly Khan Memorial Trophy ANL-150317-163929001

A racing trophy once won by Sir Winston Churchill has been donated to Newmarket’s National Horseracing Museum.

The Aly Khan International Memorial Cup, which was only raced for once, was presented to the great wartime leader in July 1961 after it was won by his homebred colt High Hat beating none other than the great Newmarket-trained filly Petite Etoile, owned by the Aly Khan who had died tragically in a road crash just outside Paris the year before.

Designed by Leslie Durbin, the cup along with Pathé newsreel of the race, will be a feature of the Sporting Glory gallery in new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, which is set to open to the public at Palace House Stables next spring.

“The trophy is of particular importance to the history of horseracing and shows a less well known side to the most important British political figure of the 20th century and we could not be more pleased or honoured,” said museum director Chris Garibaldi.