‘Legends of the Turf’ is Newmarket’s equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This community project has been designed to recognise the significant contributions of people and horses to the town’s horseracing heritage.
The project was officially launched in July 2014 when the first six commemorative paving slabs were laid in Newmarket High Street. Six more were unveiled in July 2015, with another seven being added in 2016. The recipients of these awards have been voted for by the community, celebrating achievements made in three different categories: horses, jockeys, and racing personalities.
The first six Legends were Hyperion and Frankel; Fred Archer and Lester Piggott; Sir John Astley and Sir Henry Cecil. The 2015 intake comprised Pretty Polly and Shergar; Nat Flatman and Frankie Dettori; Admiral Henry Rous and Sir Noel Murless. The 2016 Legends include St Simon and Bahram; Doug Smith and Steve Cauthen; Mathew Dawson and Alfie Westwood, as well as King Charles II, in celebration of the 350 years since his return to Newmarket, signalling the start of modern organised horseracing in the town.