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Virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend

Featuring the Commentator Challenge in aid of Racing Welfare

19th September 2020

THE HENRY CECIL OPEN WEEKEND IS GOING ONLINE

This year’s Henry Cecil Open Weekend will not take place in its traditional format due to coronavirus, instead, the team behind the event will be bringing some of the weekend’s most popular events online to support Racing Welfare, the British Racing School, and the Racing Centre.

Video tours and entertainment will be free-to-view throughout the weekend, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, on the Henry Cecil Open Weekend website. A video page will bring the best of horseracing’s HQ straight into your home, with viewers enjoying the action encouraged to donate via our official fundraising page.

Racing fans across the globe will be able to see behind scenes at some of the UK’s leading training operations, with William Haggas, Charlie Appleby, James Fanshawe, plus many more, giving a unique insight into life at their yards.

FINAL SIX SELECTED FOR THE COMMENTATOR CHALLENGE IN AID OF RACING WELFARE

The finalists for the Commentator Challenge,  supported by the Tote, Tattersalls and Racing TV, in aid of Racing Welfare have been selected ahead the virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The Judges, headed by Racing TV and ITV commentator Richard Hoiles, faced a tough task in whittling it down to the final six after a number of high-quality entries.

Tom Williams, Operations Executive at Warwick racecourse, and Michael Andrews at Goodwood racecourse have both qualified for the final. 16-year-old Sam Juckes, Racing Journalist Danny Archer and New Zealander Nick Johnson have also made it through. The line up is completed by accountant Tom Blanshard.

Voting will open at 12pm on Friday 18th September and close at 3pm on Sunday 20th September.

Each finalist will also have their own Just giving page, raising money for Racing Welfare. The finalist with the most votes will be crowned the winner live on Racing TV on Sunday 20th September and will receive £1,000 and the chance to commentate live at Newmarket Racecourse during the Henry Cecil Open Weekend 2021.

 

For more information visit www.thehenrycecilopenweekend.co.uk

THE GREAT RACING WELFARE AUCTION

This is our biggest ever auction.

How would you like a personal tour of Ballydoyle and Coolmore Stud for four people followed by lunch at Mikey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen in Cashel?  Perhaps 18 holes of golf with racing legend AP McCoy is more your thing? Or how about the ultimate Aintree Grand National package?  We have almost 100 amazing lots on offer as part of our virtual auction and there really is something for everyone. Other special auction lots include mornings on the gallops and stable tours with some of the country’s top trainers and the chance for two people to join master caller Mike Cattermole in the commentary box.