Newmarket Open Weekend: The Tin Man among stars on show

Wed 19 Sep 2018

James Fanshawe will be among the 20 trainers to open their doors on Sunday as part of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend.

Fanshawe’s Pegasus Stables represents an enduring monument to legendary jockey Fred Archer, who was champion 13 times in succession before committing suicide at the age of just 29 in 1886.

By that time Archer had already had Pegasus Stables built (it was then then known as Falmouth Lodge) but he never trained there himself.

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Fanshawe has been based at the yard since 1990 and his stable flagbearer The Tin Man, who has won Group One races in each of the past three years, will be among the main attractions at the weekend.

Many assume he is named after the character in The Wizard of Oz but he instead owes his moniker to the nickname of Archer himself.

Roger Varian, David Simcock, Hugo Palmer and Amy Murphy will be among the other trainers opening their doors but the action on Sunday will get under way an hour earlier, at 8am, on the gallops at Warren Hill when a number of the town’s top equine stars will exercise.

John Gosden will canter such as Enable, Cracksman, Roaring Lion and Too Darn Hot , while Sir Michael Stoute’s Expert Eye will be among others in action.

The afternoon entertainment will take place in the main arena on the Severals and will feature a show jumping competition in which Frankie Dettori, William Buick Andrea Atzeni and Josephine Gordon will be taking part.

Charlie Fellowes, Chairman of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend, said: “The Open Weekend is a fantastic way to showcase the town and horseracing to the public, whilst also raising much needed funds some very worthy causes.

“My yard will be one of many trainers’ yards open on Sunday morning, and there is a host of other exciting attractions and entertainments happening over the weekend. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to Newmarket for what is set to be an action-packed weekend.”

Tickets prices start at £17 per person when purchased on the day. During the weekend tickets are available to purchase from any of our equine sites, car parks, and yards. Children 12 years of age and under go FREE all weekend.

Money raised will benefit the following beneficiaries: Racing Welfare’s Newmarket Housing Project (50%), the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art (25%), the Newmarket Day Centre (10%), the Mayor’s Charitable Appeal (10%), and for a grant that people working in racing can apply for through Racing Welfare (5%).

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