Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse, scene of Frankel’s scintillating 2000 Guineas triumph in 2011,will celebrate the great horse’s achievements with the opening of the Frankel Lounge today.
It will be seen as a tribute to the thoroughbred, recognised as the best in the world, who was trained in Newmarket by the late Sir Henry Cecil and now stands as a stallion at Cheveley’s Banstead Manor Stud.
The opening heralds the start of Newmarket’s three-day Cambridgeshire meeting at the centre of which is the historic handicap which traces its roots back to the mid 19th century.
It is one of 22 races being contested over the three days with total prize money of more than £1.25 million.
Away from the action on the course, the meeting will be showcasing local businesses and retailers, including the recently opened luxury spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel.
They will be selling their wares from stands on the racecourse’s Hyperion Lawn.
And as well as top class racing, the racecourse is laying on an array of entertainment as part of its family fun day on Saturday when the children’s activities are free of charge.
That includes a harvest festival and activities on the racecourse’s Hyperion Lawn; racecourse menus featuring local produce; cookery demonstrations by the hotel group The House Collection; herbs from the racecourse’s own herb garden being donated to local charities; a mini farm and the chance to meet Bambi, the miniature pony from Chippenham’s Coach House stables.
There will also be a children’s ferris wheel and two local choirs and a band will be singing and playing to entertain the crowds.
Other attractions include Carrie the human statue, a stilt-walking scarecrow and farmer, giant inflatables and an East Anglian-themed craft workshop and face painter.
Racegoers are being encouraged to bring non-perishable food gifts with them which will be collected and donated to the Newmarket Day Centre.
Amy Starkey, regional director east of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Newmarket Racecourses is proud to be part of the community of East Anglia and we want to celebrate everything that is great about our region during the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting and especially on Betfred Cambridgeshire Saturday when the racing and family entertainment will be so good.”