Big Orange ready to meet the public at Palace House, Newmarket
Former Ascot Gold Cup winner Big Orange will for the next three months be based at Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. Visitors to the museum will be able to meet the recently retired Group 1 winner from now until June while he is stabled in the Rothschild Yard, the flagship yard for the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), alongside his new stable mates Purple Moon, Accession, Tariq Too, Rouge Nuage and Whiteshift.
Big Orange was retired from racing in February of this year as an eight-year-old, by which time he had amassed over £1.25 million in prize money. Owned by Bill and Tim Gredley and trained in Newmarket by Michael Bell, Big Orange won 9 of his 27 starts, with his career highlight being the 2017 Ascot Gold Cup. He was a dual winner of both the Princess of Wales’s Stakes on Newmarket’s July Course and the Goodwood Cup in 2015 and 2016.
The decision was made to retire Big Orange earlier this year after he sustained a leg injury, Michael Bell said at the time: “He gave us so many happy days but the highlight of his career was the Ascot Gold Cup – his only Group 1 win. It was a fantastic race and all his qualities came to the fore. Everyone loves a horse that seemingly gives their all. He stuck his neck and head out and made himself even bigger when in a battle. When he was on song and got some fast ground he was very hard to get by. Those characteristics, I think, really endeared him to the racing public”.
Now, three months into his retirement, Big Orange will be heading to Palace House for a ‘working holiday’ and to do ‘meet and greets’ with the museum visitors. Tim Gredley commented: “We are so pleased that Big Orange will continue his retirement at Palace House, having been born and bred at Stetchworth and trained locally by Michael Bell, he really is a Newmarket boy through and through. It’s great that he’s going to spend a few months in the heart of the town where visitors to the museum can meet him and importantly see the great work of the RoR.”
Palace House Director, Chris Garibaldi, said: “It really is such an honour to have Big Orange join the Retraining of Racehorses yard here at Palace House. I am sure he will be a joy to have around and will no doubt give much pleasure to the visiting public along with his five other stable mates. We are incredibly grateful to Bill and Tim Gredley for their long-standing support of Palace House and for their generosity in lending us their much loved racehorse to highlight the wonderful work the RoR does”.
Bill and Tim Gredley have lent Palace House Big Orange for the next three months at the flagship RoR yard to showcase the on-going work of the charity, Retraining of Racehorses. The Ascot Gold Cup winner will be meeting Palace House visitors and enjoying time in the Palace House paddocks overlooking the Peter O’Sullevan Arena. His stable mates, who are all at varying stages of their retraining, will be showcasing the versatility of thoroughbreds and how they can be re-trained effectively for a fulfilling career beyond horseracing. Big Orange will return to Stetchworth Park Stud later in the summer where he will continue to enjoy his retirement.
For more information please contact Emily Davey
Palace House Newmarket
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily
Adult Admission: £12.00
Children (5-16 years): £7.00
Family (2 adults and 4 children): £35.00
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On 3rd November 2016 Her Majesty the Queen opened the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. 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 (NHRM Registered Charity No. 283656), the Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art (BSAT Registered Charity No. 274156) and a new flagship yard for Retraining of Racehorses Charity (Registered Charity No. 1084787).