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Racegoers on Dubai Future Champions Day (Friday 17th October) will have an opportunity to see an exhibition that showcases the shared development story of Dubai and its horseracing heritage, driven by the pioneering spirit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The interactive exhibition will be held in a grand marquee in between the Millennium Grandstand and the paddock and comes at the end of a fortnight when Newmarket is at the centre of the racing and bloodstock world.
This is a special and important time for the Home of Horseracing, not least its economy, and the first week kicked off in style with Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. A record-breaking total of more than £83 million was traded over the three days as the leading players in the bloodstock world searched for the stars of the future.
The sale continues this week with Books 2 and 3 and the Tattersalls sales ring will be one venue that is visited by Year 8 pupils from Newmarket Academy during the inaugural Future Champions Education Week, which has been set up by Newmarket Racecourses with the support of Dubai.
The education programme has been developed to raise the employment aspirations and expectations of the Academy’s student and help them engage with the unique history of the town and community they live in. The students will also visit The Jockey Club Rooms, The National Horseracing Museum and the Newmarket Equine Hospital.
Dubai Future Champions Day also sees the first ever Varsity Flat Horserace between student riders from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, run as the final race on the card, which, for the first time this year, features three Group 1 races for two-year-olds – the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes and the Dubai Fillies’ Mile – and six Group races in total.
Amy Starkey, Regional Director – Jockey Club Racecourses, East Region, said: “This is a wonderful time for the town of Newmarket and one that showcases the next generation of talent. From the cream of the yearling crop on sale at the Tattersalls, the students taking part in the inaugural Future Champions Education Week and the best two-year-olds in Europe on show on Dubai Future Champions Day, this fortnight is all about stars of the future.
“We are delighted to be staging the Dubai Exhibition at The Rowley Mile on Dubai Future Champions Day that celebrates Sheikh Mohammed’s contribution to Horseracing and Newmarket as a whole and are sure you will enjoy it.”
To book tickets for Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket on Friday 17th October, please visit http://www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk/ or call 0844 579 3010.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…