British Flat Racing Hall of Fame to launch next week | Horse racing news
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Nijinsky and Lester Piggott: legends surely seem to find their place in the new Hall of Fame
By Chris Cook
A Hall of Fame honoring the best of British Flat racing is being created online and will be unveiled next Monday at the start of Guinean week.
The development is supported by Qipco to mark the tenth anniversary of its sponsorship of the British Champions Series and will feature “the finest moderns” in sport, focusing on the period 1970 to date.
Membership in the hall is expected to “become one of the highest accolades in sport” and will be accompanied by a bespoke medal designed by Asprey Jewelers.
Newcomers will be announced twice a year, ahead of the Guinéas festival in May and Champions Day in October, two events sponsored by Qipco.
So far, no inductee has been revealed. However, a video released on Monday to promote the news showed some of the more obvious candidates including Nijinsky, Shergar, Dancing Brave, Galileo and Frankel as well as Lester Piggott, Willie Carson, Frankie Dettori, Vincent O’Brien, Sir Henry Cecil. , Sir Peter O’Sullevan, Khalid Abdullah and the Queen.
The composition of the room will be determined by a panel of experts, including Alan Byrne, editor-in-chief of the Racing Post. Other people involved include broadcasters Brough Scott, Lydia Hislop and Jamie Lynch.
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Trio of greats: Frankel, Sir Henry Cecil and Khalid Abdullah will certainly be in the Hall of Fame
Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
They will choose participants from four categories: horses, jockeys, trainers and major contributors, which would include owners, breeders and in particular notable personalities like O’Sullevan, the BBC racing commentator for half a year. century.
There will also be a public vote to identify a horse each year for Hall of Fame entry, based on a shortlist chosen by the jury.
Cheikh Fahad, Director of Qipco as well as a prominent owner himself over the past decade, said: “My brothers and I are passionate about British Flat racing and its rich history and heritage, which makes it the envy of other racing jurisdictions around the world.
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“We are delighted to announce the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame, which will honor the tremendous contributions made to the British Flat race and celebrate our most important and important stars and their achievements.
“When I first entered British racing I was captivated by the rich history of racing and I hope the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame will engage and excite the fans existing and new by highlighting the the most important figures in sport. “
The Hall of Fame website, Horseracinghof.com, is now asking visitors to register for further updates, including the identities of the first inductees. Content is expected to be added throughout the summer, focusing on various of the sport’s biggest moments and top performers.
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Rod Street, the great head of British racing: “an exciting new initiative”
The idea of a Running Hall of Fame has been debated for decades. Cheltenham and Aintree have their own versions, while the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket has been another focal point for fans interested in the history of the sport.
But funds have not been available for a centralized Hall of Fame so far. Rod Street, CEO of BCS, is a known enthusiast of the concept.
He said: “British Champions Series, which showcases the best flat races, is the perfect home for a Hall of Fame. Over the past decade, Qipco has been a dedicated and committed partner of British Racing and our thanks go to them for their support. the British Qipco Champions Hall of Fame and for helping to make it a reality.
“Our race is the best the world and we are delighted to be able to honor our grown-ups with this news initiative.”
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