BETFAIR NEWMARKET OPEN WEEKEND
For three years, Newmarket has opened its doors to the public for the action-packed Newmarket Open Day which has raised over £135,000 for local charities. Following a few changes in format whereby the event took place over two days, The 2015 Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend was held on Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th September. There was a host of new events such as the Food and Drinks Festival which was located at the heart of the action at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile during the afternoon of both days. On Saturday afternoon The Rowley Mile hosted a fabulous race meeting which featured top trainers such as Sir Michael Stoute, William Haggas and John Gosden taking to the microphone and commentating on live racing. They have each been set up with an individual ‘Just Giving’ page to help fundraise for their dedicated charities; therefore all being well, their hard work will be rewarded!
The main highlight for many is the opportunity to get behind the scenes at Horseracing’s HQ on Sunday. Many top trainers are open their yards, giving visitors a unique chance to catch a glimpse of their equine heroes and meet some of the world’s most famous trainers. Godolphin’s two leading trainers, Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, opened their yards to the public for the very first time.
Racing Personality Show Jumping was the feature entertainment on Sunday, with some of Newmarket’s best loved trainers and jockeys entered in the competition. Competitors include the likes of top jockey Andrea Atzeni, leading female jockey Hayley Turner and Classic winning trainer Roger Varian to name but a few.