04 Feb New Initiative at Fakenham Racecourse
I have always loved Fakenham Racecourse, ever since first taking runners there when I worked in racing. As an artist they have been massively supportive over the years, they allow me to show my work in a marquee gallery at the course, and have commissioned several paintings for chairman’s dining room (which is also where winning connections of races are entertained after each race).
David Hunter, Fakenham’s Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course (seen here in discussion with me in the mobile gallery) is always inking of new ways to keep his racecourse a special place for owners, trainers and the public.
In a new initiative, the course is offering as the owner’s trophy the option to have one of my paintings of their silks or an embroidered cushion of their silks. This will be available for the two most valuable races on the card and makes a very imaginative alternative to the usual glass or silver-plate trophies that winning owners collect – and sometimes have too many of!
I feel really honoured to be asked to do this for the course and the feedback so far from owners has been very positive. So ‘hats off’ to David for a really innovative idea.
A facsimile of the prize picture, which will feature the colours of the winning owner.