Giant version of Newmarket Monopoly board to go on show at QIPCO Guineas Festival
PUBLISHED: 12:26 30 April 2016
The 'home of horseracing' is set for its very own Monopoly board in celebration of 350 years of the sport's heritage in Newmarket.
The board will launch today at the QIPCO Guineas Festival at the Rowley Mile racecourse and features 22 of the town’s famous training yards in place of London’s streets.
John Berry, Mayor of Newmarket said: “The history of Newmarket is the history of the sport which we love. As Monopoly is a Great British icon and a such big part of all our yesterdays, I think that Bespoke Newmarket Monopoly is a wonderful way of celebrating Newmarket’s 350-year milestone.”
The set will be available in the summer in time for the July Festival.
There will be a giant version of the board on show at the QIPCO Guineas Festival today and tomorrow, in the NHRM Rowley Mile shop, situated on the ground floor of the Millennium Grandstand.
The town is holding a series of events to mark 350 years since King Charles II returned to Newmarket in 1666 and started the racing industry which dominates the area today.
The featured yards are placed in order of the 2015 Trainer’s Championship rankings. The tokens, usually red and green houses, have been replaced horses and stallions.
The railway squares have become Palace House, Newmarket Racecourses, Tattersalls and Jockey Club Estates and the utility squares – originally Water Works and Electric Company – have been transformed into Gibson Saddlers and the British Racing School.
The Monopoly money has been converted into Guineas and a series of bespoke Community Chest and Chance cards have been included.
The board has been funded by The Jockey Club and all funds raised will support the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House.
The board is available for preorder at www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk