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Newmarket Commissions Poem for 350 Year Anniversary

In April 2016, Newmarket Racecourse celebrated 350 years of making history as the internationally acclaimed Home of Horseracing since 1666. To mark the occasion they specially commissioned a poem by Henry Birtles which was recited as part of the 350 Opening Ceremony on the first day of the QIPCO Guineas Festival on Saturday 30th April 2016.

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(...if anyone really cares!)

Henry Birtles runs his own company HBA Media, a consultancy specialising in Television Rights. Getting racing to a broader audience is the name of his game, something he also aims to achieve through his poems. HBA has established itself as a provider of racing content to the international

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