LEGENDS OF THE TURF.......The Walk of Fame

In 2014 the decision was made to commemorate various racing people and horses by way of specially designed paving stones along the High Street.

Suffolk County, Council, Forest Heath District Council, Newmarket Town Council, the Jockey Club and the Newmarket Journal provided funding and/or assistance and there were donations from various local individuals and organisations.

The first six were selected by public vote. It came as no surprise that amongst the first was Fred Archer, joined in the jockey category by Lester Piggott. The first two personalities were Sir John Astley and Sir Henry Cecil and the first two horses were Hyperion and Frankel.

For the more complete details of project, please go to www.legendsoftheturf.org.uk

At the end of this article is a diagram showing where each tablet can be seen. What ever one thinks of the merits of the scheme, it is sure that the practicalities were not worked out. As can be seen from these images, after less than 6 years the first tablets are nearly un-readable. Hopefully this will not be rectified by pressure washing or wire brushes !


only 5 years difference

FRED ARCHER - 1857 to 1886

Champion Jockey 1874 -1886 and winner of five Derbies and a career total of 2,748 wins.

Tablet 1 is in front of Scotts Eyecare.

LESTER PIGGOTT - 1935-

Champion Jockey 12 times between 1960 and 1982, winner of nine Derbies (from 36 rides) and a career total of 4,493 wins.

Tablet 6 is in front of Rutland Arms Hotel.

FRANKIE DETTORI MBE - 1970

Lanfranco arrived in Newmarket in 1985,
rode all seven winners in one day at Royal Ascot in 1996.

Tablet 7 is in front of T T Nails

NAT FLATMAN - 1810 to 1860

Suffolk born Champion jockey for 13 consecutive seasons.
Won 10 Classics.

Tablet 8 is in front of Caffe Nero

STEVE CAUTHEN - 1960-

American born, only jockey to win both the Kentucky and the Epsom Derby.
British champion jockey three times.

Tablet 14 is in front of White Hart Hotel

DOUG SMITH 1917 - 1989

5 times Champion Jockey, Career wins 3,112.


Tablet 16 is in front of Boots

ALFIE WESTWOOD 1935 - 2015

Retired jockey, a favourite of the young visitors to the Horseracing Museum,
where he was a guide.


Tablet 18 is in front of My Photoshop

WALTER SWINBURN 1961 - 2016

3 times Champion Jockey.
Winner of 8 Classics, including 3 Derbies.


Tablet 22 is in front of Barclays Bank

WILLIE SNAITH MBE 1928 - 2019

A Legend of the Turf not merely for his race-riding achievements, but for the special place he occupied in the local community.


Tablet 23 is in front of Keylocks

Sir JOHN ASTLEY - 1828 to 1894

A senior Steward of the Jockey Club and founder of the Astley Institute, a social club for stablemen.

Tablet 2 is in front of Pizza Express

Sir HENRY CECIL - 1943 to 2013

Champion trainer ten times and winner of 4 Derbies. Knighted in 2011.

Tablet 3 is in front of Jockey Club gates

Hon. HENRY ROUS - 1795 -1877

Official Handicapper.

Tablet 11 is in front of Equine World

Sir NOEL MURLESS - 1910 - 1987



Leading trainer eight times between 1957 and 1973. Knighted in 1977.

Tablet 9 is in front of ex Horseracing Museum

MATHEW DAWSON - 1820 - 1898



Training at Heath House, he enjoyed a winning partnership with Fred Archer and also trained St.Simon.
He won 4 Derbies.

Tablet 15 is in front of Hartwell Blinds

KING CHARLES II 1630 - 1685



Returning to Newmarket on the restoration of the monarchy in 1666, he re-introduced the "Sport of Kings" to the town.

Tablet 19 is at the entrance to Market Street

Sir JACK JARVIS 1887 - 1968



Training at Park Lodge from 1919 to 1968, three time champion trainer.
He won 9 Classics. First trainer to be knighted, in 1967.

Tablet 20 is in front of ex Santander

HYPERION - 1930 to 1960

Winner of Derby and St Leger. He was not entered for the 2,000 gns.
He was champion sire 6 times.

Tablet 4 is in front of The Jockey Club

FRANKEL - 2008 -

Winner of 2,000 gns and unbeaten in his 14 races.
Highest rated horse by Timeform in forty years.

Tablet 5 is in front of Bendalls/NKTFS

PRETTY POLLY 1901-1931

Winner of 22 of her 24 races, including the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger.
The most influential broodmare of the 20th century.

Tablet 10 is in front of Goldings

SHERGAR 1978 - 1983

Rated as one of the best Derby winners in history.
sadly most remembered for his kidnapping by the I.R.A.

Tablet 12 is in front of Yorkshire Building Society

BAHRAM 1932-1956

Triple Crown winner in 1935, trained at Fitzroy House,
by Frank Butters.

Tablet 13 is in front of Grosvenor House

St.SIMON 1881 - 1908

Unbeaten in 9 race career and nine times leading sire.


Tablet 17 is in front of Cartwrights

PEBBLES 1981 - 2005

As a 4 yr old, the first filly to win the Eclipse and later that year won theChampion Stakes, beating Derby winner Slip Anchor.

Tablet 21 is in front of Celiks Barbers


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