National Racehorse Week To Continue From 11th September

News | 9th September 2022

In line with British horseracing’s suspension of all fixtures on Saturday 10th September, as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, National Racehorse Week will now commence one day later than planned.

The nation-wide open days will commence on Sunday 11th September and end on Sunday 18th September with the events due to take place tomorrow, Saturday 10th September, being cancelled.

While individual open days are set to go ahead as part of National Racehorse Week, the two open days in the racing centres of Malton and Epsom are, unfortunately, cancelled in part due to the revised racing fixture for Sunday. A decision on the Sir Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket will be taken early next week.

Now in its second year, the sport’s annual celebration of the racehorse invites people to come behind the scenes of racing to learn about the lives of the thoroughbred. Visitors are given the chance to see first-hand the care horses receive in the sport and to meet and talk to the staff who look after them 365 days of the year.

By opening its doors to the public, racing will not only celebrate the sport’s racehorses but allow attendees to reflect on the remarkable contribution Her Majesty the Queen made to racing, as well as her love of the sport and the thoroughbred.

Rod Street, CEO of Great British Racing commented: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen and send our heartfelt condolences to all of the Royal Family at this time.

“Her Majesty The Queen’s knowledge and love of the thoroughbred was unrivalled and we want to honour this by continuing with National Racehorse Week.  What better way for people to express their love and gratitude for The Queen than to get close to the very animals that brought her such immense pleasure throughout her life.

“Over the coming days thousands of people will be welcomed at yards up and down the country. Continuing with this event is a way to mark and reflect Her Majesty’s lifelong love of racing.”

Events that were due to take place as part of National Racehorse Week on Saturday 10th are being cancelled with the hope they can be rescheduled for a later date. Attendees are being notified of the change.

For more information go to Events run from 11th-18th  September. Places must be booked in advance.