...but the eyes of many racing fans were on chasing stars Altior - above with his happy owner Mrs Patricia Pugh - and Native River who both shone on an outstanding Betfair Super Saturday (February 9).
Newbury races: Jonjo O’Neill jr relishing ride on Gold Cup winner Native River in Betfair Denman Chase triple bid
.Leading conditional jockey Jonjo O’Neill jr is looking forward to the biggest ride of his blossoming career when he makes his debut on 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday (February 8)
Altior ready to prove himself again as Henderson aims for hat-trick in Newbury's Betfair Exchange Chase
Altior, one of the superstars of jump racing, is ready to pick up the winning habit again at Newbury on Saturday (February 8) when he will bid for his third success in the Grade 2 Win Bigger On The Betfair Exchange Chase.
.The £100,000 Betfair Winter Bonus has been a key factor in persuading trainer Hughie Morrison and owner Lady Blyth to take a tilt at the Betfair Hurdle with Not So Sleepy at Newbury on Saturday (February 8)
After some well-earned rest over Christmas and the New Year the riders and ponies competed locally in Melksham to qualify for the Hickstead Eventers Challenge in May.The St John’s Academy equestrian team got off to a strong start in 2020.
The jockey who rides bonus-seeking Not So Sleepy in the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle says they will be going to Newbury 'with all guns blazing' as they aim for the big race victory on Saturday (February 8) that will also net a £100,000 windfall for connections.
Point-to-point preview: record number of entries for Sunday's Vine & Craven meeting at Barbury Racecourse
Sam Jukes is excited about running Cheltenham Festival hope Marcle Ridge at the Vine & Craven Hunt meeting at Barbury Racecourse, near Marlborough, on Sunday (February 9).
With the point-to-point season in full - if wet - swing and with racing again at Barbury Racecourse on February 9 (The Vine and Craven meeting), Jake Exelby visits young point-to-point trainer Chloe Boxall in Lambourn.
Many point-to-points have run charity races and recently the Barbury International has introduced the bumper - both over flat courses.
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