The Henry Cecil Open Weekend at Newmarket

Much Loved Trainer Celebrated at Open Weekend


Taking place on Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 September 2019 The Newmarket Open Weekend has been renamed the ‘Henry Cecil Open Weekend’ to celebrate the life of the iconic and much-loved trainer. The three-year partnership, which will begin this year, is supported by a group of previous owners of Sir Henry and will help raise money for local charities. The Henry Cecil Open Weekend will remain committed to continue the event’s support for the welfare and development of young racing staff in Newmarket, primarily through the work of its main beneficiary; Racing Welfare.

Since the return of the Open Weekend to Newmarket in 2012, over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised for local and racing charities, including £115,000 for the Racing Welfare Newmarket Housing Project. As part of this project renovation of MacDonald Buchanan House will begin this month which, once completed, will provide 18 units of high-quality accommodation for young racing staff in the town.

During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world’s best racehorses on Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine sites, go racing at the Rowley Mile racecourse, and visit the yards of leading Newmarket trainers.

Charlie Fellowes, Chairman of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, said;

“We are thrilled to have the support and to be associated with such an iconic figure in racing.  The Henry Cecil Open Weekend is about celebrating his life, raising money for some very worthwhile local causes, and offering racing fans the opportunity to see behind the scenes.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors here in September.”

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