First Legends’ names chosen for tribute

Journal readers and Newmarket residents have spoken.

The six Turf legends who will be honoured as part of a special High Street project have been chosen.

Out of nine nominees for the first six special paving slabs which will be laid in the High Street, the names with the most votes were Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel, Hyperion, Fred Archer, Lester Piggott and Sir John Astley.

The voting was conducted through a special coupon which appeared in a Journal feature with information about all the nominees who also included Nat Flatman, St Simon and Matt Dawson.

Local schools and nurseries were also involved in the voting process as poart of learning about the town’s racing heritage and those who took part were All Saints Under Fives; Colourbox Montessori School; All Saints primary school; Cheveley primary school; Fairstead House School; Laureate primary school; Exning Primary School and Newmarket College.

It is planned to lay the first slabs, which will featured the Legends’ name and a racing plate, this summer during Newmarket’s July Festival week.

John Berry, chairman of the Legends of the Turf working group, said he was delighted that the first six names had been chosen. “The public seem to have taken this project to their hearts and when we manned our stand in The Guineas people could not wait to vote.”

The project is being backed by Newmarket Town Council, Suffolk County Council and Forest Heath District Council as well as donations from private individuals.