Fri 12 May (all day), £85 (incl lunch)
Racing in Newmarket was recorded in the time of James I.Charles II was known to attend races on Newmarket Heath with his brother, the future James II. In 1752, TheJockey Clubleased a plot of land in Newmarket where a Coffee House was constructed in the High Street as a meeting place for its members.From setting the Rules of Racing, over time, TheJockey Clubtook on the responsibility of becoming the official governing body for horseracing in Britain. Our guide for the day will be Timothy Cox, co-author of The Heath and the Horse: A History of Newmarket Heath. We will have a talk on the history of the Jockey Club and Newmarket Race Course in the coffeeroom of the Jockey Club before viewing the Jockey Club’s collection of equine paintings and the National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art. The Collection features significant works by many of the key figures in British sporting art.Lunch will be in the august surroundings of the Jockey Club, overlooking the terrace and hallowed lawn. The room houses a collection of paintings by Bavarian artist Emil Adam – each one having been commissioned and presented to The Rooms by a Derby winning Club member. After lunch there will be a tour of Palace House, Rothschild Yard and other historic buildings. Palace House is the home of the United Kingdom’s National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art in the remaining part of Charles II’s racing palace in Newmarket, Suffolk. We shall also visit the recently opened National Horseracing Museum This promises to be a memorable and fascinating day.