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NEW­MAR­KET’S new Na­tional Her­itage Cen­tre for Horserac­ing & Sport­ing Art, opened by The Queen in Novem­ber, opens its sec­ond tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion this month.

‘Gods of Sport—fifty years of sport­ing photography by Chris Smith’ fea­tures pho­to­graphs of Lester Pig­gott, Sir Henry Ce­cil, Muham­mad Ali, Seve Balles­teros, Ge­orge Best, Ayr­ton Senna and oth­ers, along with a se­lec tion from the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Mon­treal and Moscow and in­clud­ing this dy­namic shot of the 1976 Hen­nessy Gold Cup (above). The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Jan­uary 26 to June 18 (www.palace­house­new­mar­ket.co.uk; 01638 667314).

Also on dis­play from now un­til June is one of the world’s old­est horserac­ing tro­phies, the Pana­thenaic am­phora (left), made in Athens in about 500BC–490BC, on loan from the Bri­tish Mu­seum. When pre­sented to the win­ner of the Pana­thenaic games, held ev­ery four years in Athens in hon­our of the god­dess Athena, it would have been full of lo­cal olive oil, a valu­able com­mod­ity used for cleans­ing the body, light­ing and cooking.

Chris Smith’s strik­ing im­age of the 1976 Hen­nessy Gold Cup is part of an ex­hi­bi­tion in New­mar­ket

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