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