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Three things you need to see at Henry Cecil Open Weekend


There’s so much to see and do during Henry Cecil Open Weekend and this year is no exception with a packed programme to look forward to on the 21st and 22nd of September.

While we can appreciate that it is almost impossible to see and do everything on offer over the course of the two days, even though we would all love to try and fit it all in, there are some things that just can’t be missed. We’ve highlighted three things you need to make sure you see on the Sunday of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend.

Get to the gallops on Sunday morning

This is your chance to see  the queen of the turf as Enable is set to canter up Warren Hill for her fans between 8am and 9am. The superstar will be joined by her fellow high-flying stablemates like staying sensation Stradivarius with trainer John Gosden confirming that he will send some of his leading lights out for the public to see. This is the perfect chance to see Enable before her bid for a third straight victory in the Arc at Longchamp a few weeks later.

Please note that this is very much dependent on the weather so fingers crossed we wake up to a nice morning on the Sunday.

Another highlight taking place on the Warren Hill on Sunday will the the Trainer’s Hacks Race sponsored by Blandford Bloodstock. There will no doubt be a few chirps on social media in the build-up , all part of the fun of course.

Make the trip to Longholes

Be sure to jump on one of the shuttle buses that will be running to Longholes . This fantastic facility will be open between 11am and 1pm on Sunday with tours at 11am, 11.40am and 12.20pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the incredible facilities on offer to the horses stabled there. Longholes is home to spellers on their holidays, serves as a pre-training facility and is also used as a rehabilitation. Horses at Longholes want for nothing with access to private gallops, treadmills and cold-salt water Hydro Spas.

The property itself dates back

Stick around for the Show Jumping

This is always good fun and makes for an entertaining afternoon on the Severals. The Clipper Logisticis Racing Personality Show Jumping. last year, the likes of jockeys Ryan Moore, Andrea Atzeni and William Buick all tried their hand at tackling the course while Amy Murphy, George Scott and Roger Varian were among those representing the trainers. Popular broadcaster, Francesca Cumani also got involved  in the Show Jumping last year and negotiated the course. Last year, trainer Michael Bell provided some colourful commentary as the competitors went round which added to the fun.

There will also be food and drink stands on the Severals and the venue will also be host to a  Fun Local Dog Show as well as Terrier Racing during the afternoon.

You can purchase your Henry Cecil Open Weekend tickets by clicking here. To view the programme for this year then click here.