Winning with The Horse Comes First at Newmarket Open Day

Two lucky people will be enjoying a day of racing on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse after winning The Horse Comes First’s competition at Newmarket Open Day.

Jenny Coote and John Tulit each received a pair of tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day after correctly answering the question Which former Newmarket-trained racehorse won the RoR/Tatersalls Show Series Championship at Hickstead in 2014? with Purple Moon. As well as watching the races on 18th October, the winners will also get to see the Retraining of Racehorses parades.

The Horse Comes First was in prime position both next to the National Racing Museum in the morning, and on the Rowley Mile in the afternoon, spreading the word about the high levels of equine care and welfare in British horseracing.

Newmarket Open Day was a great success, with thousands of visitors descended upon the headquarters of British Horseracing. The day offered a behind the scenes tour of the largest cluster of training yards in the country, and provided visitors a rare glimpse at some of the country’s best training facilities. As well as touring the yards, visitors had the opportunity to chat to trainers and watch horses working on the heath.

Visitors were also invited to look around the National Stud and the National Equine Veterinary Hospital. Those collecting tickets form the National Racing Museum were treated to a farrier display, and could watch a video showcasing the work being undertaken for the new Museum, due to open in 2016.

Later in the day, all attention was turned to the Rowley Mile racecourse for an afternoon of entertainment, which included a display from horse whisperer Gary Whitford. The racecourse also saw the five-a-side Jockeys vs. Trainers football match, an important annual fixture which saw the Jockeys coming out on top.

The Open Day was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the first class care provided to racehorses, both during and after their racing career. The Horse Comes First was delighted to have been supported on the day by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Racing’s official charity for the welfare of former racehorses. Retired racehorse Purple Moon, who is registered with RoR and is now pursuing a flourishing career in showing, returned to his former Newmarket stables on the Open Day and demonstrated the important work of RoR.