This year’s Trainers Commentary Competition, being held in aid of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend beneficiaries on Saturday 22nd September, will feature the best of Newmarket’s training talent and two racing journalists who are eager to try their hand at commentating a race on Newmarket’s historic Rowley Mile.
The six confirmed competitors will take to the commentary position at the Rowley Mile in a bid to successfully call home their designated race. However, the real race will be who can raise the most for the very worthy causes supported by the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend: Racing Welfare’s Newmarket Housing Project, the National Heritage Centre at Palace House, the Newmarket Day Centre, the Newmarket Mayor’s charity; and the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend grant which is new for 2018.
The trainers already confirmed to take part are Charlie Fellowes – who is also Chairman of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend – George Scott, Richard Spencer and Ed Vaughan. They will be joined by Lee Mottershead of the Racing Post and Hayley Moore of At The Races. A seventh and final participant will be announced shortly.
The top fundraiser will not only be awarded the Julian Wilson Memorial Trophy, they will also win lunch for 6 people at the Rowley Mile’s Champions Gallery at the 2019 Craven Meeting.
Charlie Fellowes, Chairman, 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend, said:
“The Trainers Commentary Competition is a fantastic annual occasion and we are very pleased to welcome another round of eager participants for 2018. We are particularly excited to welcome Lee Mottershead and Hayley Moore, who excel in their day-to-day roles but who are both keen to experiment with commentating on a race.
“Once again our commentary competition is raising money for a range of worthy causes in Newmarket and I am calling on the support of the racing community to help us raise as much money as possible.
“Newmarket Racecourses has again generously offered a fantastic prize to the winner and we hope that provides participants with an added incentive to raise money via their Just Giving pages.
“I would like to thank all this year’s participants for their time and commitment to the competition in support of the beneficiaries for the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend – may the best man or woman win!”
The races that the competitors will commentate on will be decided nearer the time.
You cann donate to the competitors via their individual JustGiving pages, which will be open until Sunday 30th September, a week after the competition has taken place.
Just Giving Pages
32red Newmarket Open Weekend Commentary Competition homepage: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/newmarket-racecourses
Charlie Fellowes: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlie-fellowes1
Hayley Moore: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hayley-moore12
Lee Mottershead: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-mottershead
George Scott: https://www.justgiving.com/george-scott13
Richard Spencer: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-spencer18
Ed Vaughan: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ed-vaughan
About the contenders
Charlie Fellowes has been training in Newmarket for five years, and was the youngest licensed trainer in the country when setting up base at the historic St Gatien Cottage Stables in 2014. Charlie previously worked with some of the best trainers in racing, including James Fanshawe, Nicky Henderson and Lee Freedman in Australia.
By his own admission, Charlie became infatuated with racing from the age of six and is now translating his passion to training with success – not just in the UK where Barbary was a winner as his first ever runner in 2014 – but internationally too. Prince of Arran’s exploits in Dubai earned over £100,000 in prize money and Moonlit Show provided the yard with its first stakes win in the Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse. Charlie has this year been appointed Chairman of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend and hopes the event can inspire a new generation of racing fans.
Hayley Moore has grown up around horses all her life, and with her grandfather and father both leading lights in the training ranks, she was riding before she could walk!
Hayley is best known for her presenting work on At The Races but, like her brothers Ryan, Jamie and Josh, she is adept at race riding. She has ridden in races since the age of 16, both on the Flat and over jumps, and won the Ascot Ladies’ Diamond race twice. She also represented Great Britain in the Fegentri series where she rode all over the world, including Mauritius. When not presenting or riding out for her father Gary, she keeps fit, and recently completed her first ever marathon in Brighton. Hayley is hoping to seamlessly transfer her presenting skills into the world of commentating at Newmarket on 22nd September.
Lee Mottershead is in his 22nd year with the Racing Post. He is one of the organisation's senior writers and produces news stories, features, interviews and big-race reports, together with a weekly column. Aside from working in the UK, Lee has posted copy from Australia, America, France, Ireland, Germany and India. He is the author or editor of four books and is a regular contributor to TV and radio.
George Scott started training at Saffron Stables at the end of 2015 and follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, who trained a string of around 40 horses each year in Newmarket in the 1920s and 1930s. George began his racing career riding in point-to-points while gaining valuable experience working for Paul Nicholls. His enthusiasm for hands-on involvement in training saw him serve as pupil-assistant to Mark Tompkins and assistant to Michael Bell, before heading to America to work for Eddie Kenneally to broaden his knowledge of training. It was then that he received the call from Lady Cecil to serve as two years as her assistant at Warren Place, during which time Noble Mission won the QICPO British Champion Stakes.
Since training in his own right, George has already achieved much in a short space of time, with his flagship horse James Garfield scooping Group-level successes including the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and the Group 3 Greenham Stakes, both at Newbury, and a second place in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. George’s string is now over 60 strong and this has meant expansion into the neighbouring Seven Springs stables.
Richard Spencer has worked in racing for the last 10 years, with his first position at Peter Bowen’s in west Wales. He moved to Barry Hills in 2006 and continued as pupil assistant with Charlie Hills. At the end of 2012 Richard moved from Lambourn to Newmarket and spent two years as assistant to Michael Bell at Fitzroy House. Richard joined Rebel Racing at Albert House Stables at the end of 2015 and took up the position of Trainer when his licence was awarded at the end of March 2016.
Richard is not only a talented trainer, having already achieved a Royal Ascot winner, he is also an accomplished race rider, having ridden 25 winners in Point-to-Point races. He also rode under rules as an amateur, with notable wins in a Hunter Chase at Ascot in 2014 and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown in 2012.
Ed Vaughan has been training in Newmarket since 2004. Born in County Cork, Ed is an experienced and intuitive horseman and learnt his trade at some of the very best racing yards to be found in the world. After successfully graduating from the Irish National Stud course, he spent four years working in training facilities in America, followed by a move to Godolphin for whom he ran a pre-training barn in Ireland. It was here that he broke in the legendary Dubai Millennium as a yearling. Two separate two-year spells followed as an assistant to both Charlie Mann and Noel Chance, before a switch to Alec Stewart.
Following Alec’s death in 2004, Ed initially took out a license on a temporary basis before going on to train in his own right. He has trained on both sides of Newmarket, training at Grand House Stables before switching back to the ‘Bury Side’ in 2011. Since training in his own right, Vaughan’s more high-profile horses have included Dance and Dance, Kotsi and Audemar.
About the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend Beneficiaries
Racing Welfare are working tirelessly to provide additional higher quality and supervised accommodation to support young people at the start of their careers within the horseracing industry. A designated fund has been set up in order to raise money for a Newmarket Housing Project and a total of 50 per cent of the money raised from the 2018 Commentary Competition will go to the Housing Project.
Palace House, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, is made up of three charities: The National Horseracing Museum, The British Sporting Art Trust and Retraining of Racehorses, all who have come together to create a fantastic new National Heritage Centre which was opened on 3rd November 2016 by Her Majesty the Queen. Situated in the remaining elements of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables, it spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket and comprises three complementary attractions: The National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art and a new flagship yard for Retraining of Racehorses charity. A total of 25 per cent of the money raised from the 2018 Commentary Competition will go to the National Heritage Centre.
The Newmarket Day Centre is an independent community resource which exists to offer support to elderly people in the community. The Day Centre currently has an ongoing project to renovate part of the centre which when finished, will ensure the building is running to maximum efficiency, saving on bills as well as providing the best environment for its customers. A total of 10 per cent of the money raised from the 2018 Commentary Competition will go to the Newmarket Day Centre.
Ten per cent of all money raised from the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend will be donated to the newly-elected Newmarket Mayor’s charity, while five per cent of all money raised will be given to the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend Grant, which has been newly established for 2018. The NOW grant will allow people from the racing community to apply to help with funding their individual projects, with each application to be reviewed by the NOW grant committee.
About Newmarket Open Weekend
The Newmarket Open Weekend (‘NOW’) is a fantastic opportunity to visit the town of Newmarket and go behind the scenes at Horse Racing’s HQ. During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world’s best racehorses at Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine sites and visit the yards’ of leading Newmarket trainers. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. Children under 18 years go for FREE. www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk.
NOW Food & Drink Festival
The NOW Food & Drink Festival will this year take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September and is free to attend. The Food Festival will be located right at the heart of the action at the National Heritage Centre and on Palace Street for both days.