19th - 20th September 2020




This year’s Henry Cecil Open Weekend will not take place in its traditional format due to coronavirus, instead we will be bringing action from horseracing’s HQ straight into your homes with the first free- to-view virtual Open Weekend.

Here is what you need to know:


Video stable tours and behind the scenes action are available to view here on our Videos page. You can also catch the action on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


Tune in Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September for our first virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend. You can also catch up on all your favourite tours right here after the weekend – so don’t fret!


Video tours and entertainment are free-to-view, but we kindly ask that if you are enjoying the behind the scenes action that you please DONATE by clicking here.


Join us for video stable tours with some of Newmarket’s top trainers including – Amy Murphy, Charlie Appleby, Gay Kelleway, Hugo Palmer, James Fanshawe, James Ferguson, John Ryan, Saeed Bin Suroor, William Haggas, and William Knight. While our Chairman Charlie Fellowes and fellow trainer George Scott get the inside track on each other’s yards for our first Stable Swap!


Enjoy virtual tours of leading equines sites in Newmarket, including Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud, Rossdales Equine Hospital, the British Racing School, the National Horse Racing Museum, and more.


The hugely popular Clipper Logistic Show Jumping Competition, won last year by Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, returns for the virtual Open Weekend. See top flat jockeys Andrea Atzeni, Josephine Gordon, David Egan and Adam Kirby compete in the show jumping arena. Make sure you tune in to see who is crowned this year’s winner and vote for Clipper Logistic’s most stylish rider on our Facebook page!

While we also will be providing highlights from this year’s Al Shaqab RoR Hacks Show Class at the NHRM. Help us celebrate the unsung hero of the heath, with Sheikhzayedroad and others enjoying life in retirement as working hacks in Newmarket. We also take a look at some of the non-thoroughbred hacks working on the Heath.


The Sir Henry Cecil Commentator Challenge, supported by the Tote, Tattersalls and Racing TV, is a new aspect to the weekend. The judges, headed by Racing TV and ITV Racing commentator Richard Hoiles, faced a tough task in whittling it down to the final six after a number of high-quality entries. It is now up to you to VOTE for your winner. More info on our Commentator Challenge page.


The Henry Cecil Open Weekend 2020 is raising money in support of Racing Welfare, British Racing School, and The Racing Centre.


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