The latest star attractions at the new-look Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend are the horses who finished first, second and third in this year’s Investec Derby.
Golden Horn, pictured here, Jack Hobbs and Storm The Stars, are all trained in Newmarket and will be in the parade ring at 1pm before racing gets under way on the first day of the inaugural Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend at the Rowley Mile tomorrow.
“It was a tremendous achievement for the Newmarket racing community that locally-trained horses filled the first three places in this season’s Investec Derby at Epsom Downs. We are delighted that our racegoers will be able to enjoy seeing them at the Rowley Mile this Saturday, adding to what is set to be a fantastic weekend,” said Newmarket racecourses boss Amy Starkey.
During this Saturday afternoon, seven Newmarket trainers will become racecourse commentators, including John Gosden and William Haggas, who are raising funds for the National Horseracing Museum, Racing Welfare and Magpas the volunteer GP accident service. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/NOW2015.
As well as an afternoon of racing there will be free entertainment including pony rides, face painters and demonstrations from horse whisperer Gary Witheford.
And the new Food and Drink Festival at the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend gets underway tomorrow at 9.30am with racehorses being put through their paces on the Warren Hill gallops. A number of well-known equine sites can be visited, including Tattersalls, the National Stud, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Rossdales equine hospital in Exning and the British Racing School, with shuttle bus services in operation from the town.
On Sunday, the town’s stables take centre stage when between 9am and 12.30pm many Newmarket trainers, including Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor, are opening their yards to the public.
Visitors can then return to the Rowley Mile for an action-packed afternoon, including racing personality show jumping involving several Newmarket trainers and jockeys.
Local and regional producers will be competing in a sausage competition. Each needs to impress the two main judges, food critic Tom Parker Bowles and Newmarket Racecourses ambassador Frankie Dettori.
For more information go to www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk