The Virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend: A look at what’s on
The first Virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend will take place online this weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, with free-to-view stable tours and behind the scenes action from British horseracing’s HQ available here on our website.
Viewers enjoying the action are encouraged to donate via our official fundraising page, with all money raised going to Racing Welfare, the British Racing School, and the Racing Centre.
‘Lights-Camera-Action’ – The Morning Line Reborn will be coming live from Charlie Fellowes Bedford House Stables at 08:30am Saturday morning! Join Tommo and Champ (Derek Thompson and Bob Champion) on their Facebook page as they walk and talk around one of Newmarket’s finest stables! You can also catch them the same time on Sunday, live from the world-famous Newmarket gallops!
Join ITV Racing’s Oli Bell for 12 stable tours with some of Newmarket’s top trainers including William Haggas, Charlie Appleby, Saeed Bin Suroor, Amy Murphy, James Fanshawe, Hugo Palmer and James Ferguson, to name just a few. While our Chairman Charlie Fellowes and fellow trainer George Scott get the inside track on each other’s yards for our first Stable Swap!
We meet with trainer John Gosden as he puts his stable stars through their paces on Newmarket’s famous Warren Hill gallops. The maestro trainer will be offering exclusive updates on Palace Pier, Stradivarius, Logician, and of course the queen – Enable – as she continues her preparations ahead of the Arc.
Behind the scenes action from Newmarket’s integral equine sites – meet the likes of Dubawi and Golden Horn at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud and watch veterinary specialist Emily Floyd in action at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons. We also take you on an online tour at the British Racing School and the National Horse Racing Museum (NHRM).
The hugely popular Clipper Logistics Show Jumping Competition returns to the virtual Open Weekend, with top flat jockeys Andrea Atzeni, Josephine Gordon, David Egan and Adam Kirby taking on the jumps. Make sure you tune in to see who wins this year’s crown and vote for Clipper Logistic’s most stylish rider!
We also have a sneak peak at Godolphin’s Rehoming Programme, where retirees such as Dubai World Cup winner’s African Story and Prince Bishop are pursuing new careers after their time on the track. While the Al Shaqab RoR Hacks Class at the NHRM celebrates the unsung hero of the heath, with Sheikhzayedroad and others enjoying life in retirement as working hacks in Newmarket.
The six finalists for the Commentator Challenge, supported by the Tote, Tattersalls and Racing TV, have been selected ahead the virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. They will battle it out in aid of Racing Welfare, with the winner collecting £1000 and the chance to commentate live at Newmarket Racecourse next year.