Frankie Dettori sports official 350th anniversary Jockey Silks designed by local school girl Naomi Baldock
An 11-year-old girl from Newmarket is celebrating after her jockey silk design was hand-picked by horseracing legend Frankie Dettori to be Newmarket Racecouse's official silk.
Naomi Baldock’s black and gold design was picked from thousands of entries by Dettori to be used as the racecourse’s official silk to celebrate its 350th anniversary.
The winning silk has since been modelled by Dettori himself, and will soon go on display at the newly-opened Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.
Naomi said: “I enjoy designing and this competition provided a fantastic opportunity to combine this with the local industry of horseracing.
“I took my inspiration from the ‘350 years of making history’ logo and some jockey silks I had seen on a visit to a local stud. I never expected to actually win.
“It’s been amazing to see Frankie Dettori actually wearing my design. I can’t wait to see it sitting pride of place in the National Heritage Centre.”
Detorri said picking Naomi’s design was an easy decision.
“You can’t miss a jockey when we’re in our silks, the eclectic mix of colours is traditional to the sport,” he said.
“Myself and the other judges were looking for a creative design that really told the story of 350 years of horseracing in Newmarket. Naomi’s design we felt really showed this, so much so it was a unanimous decision.”
Saville Row designer and fellow judge Patrick Grant was also a big fan of the silk.
“Naomi’s design is bold and modern and unlike any silk I’ve seen before. It’s visually arresting and feels very much tied to the traditions of the sport of Horseracing.”