Sir Michael Stoute and Sea The Stars are the first inductees to enter the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame within the ‘Class of 2023’. The recent official medal presentation also unveiled a brand new exhibition space for the Hall of Fame at the National Horseracing Museum.
The induction of the 10-time champion trainer and the legendary thoroughbred took place within the new dedicated room in the museum’s Thompson Gallery. The exhibition, entrance to which is included in the general admission price, is anticipated to become a huge draw for visitors this year.
The Hall of Fame brings to life inductees’ stories, with displays of artefacts belonging to Hall of Famers, including a saddle that unites three giants of the turf, the trainer Vincent O’Brien, the jockey Lester Piggott, and the champion racehorse Nijinsky.
Visitors also hear a narrative about the Hall of Fame from the familiar voice of the racing broadcaster Nick Luck, and there are interactive elements to engage all ages, including the fun opportunity to take a selfie whilst doing a Frankie Dettori-style ‘flying dismount’ from the saddle.
Sir Michael is the first active trainer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has accumulated more than 4,000 winners since his first success in Newmarket in 1972. Sea The Stars, which dominated the European Flat racing scene during a three-year-old career in 2009, is the eighth horse to join the line-up.
Visitors are encouraged to come and visit the Museum to view this very special exhibition. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, throughout the year, tickets can be purchased online here or on the day.