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Stable worker at Aldbourne stud is finallist for the Godolphin Newcomer award


People like Josephine Saunders, who works at the Hillwood Stud in Aldbourne, are the backbone of the racing and bloodstock industries - the six thousand or so women and men who look after the horses at training yards and stud farms throughout the British Isles.

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Luke Harvey talks about riding, owning & training point-to-point horses - his love for the sport & its future

14-02-2018 Jake Exelby

Where do I start with Luke Harvey - the man who tweets as @LeglockLuke? Jockey, trainer, TV personality, comedian, bon viveur - all that and he's probably the best-known owner of point-to-pointers in Britain.  Luke lives at Kingston Lisle - just over the downs from Baydon.

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Emma Lavelle's young horses take centre stage as the jump season winds up the excitement


You would be forgiven, as you passed a string of racehorses in Ogbourne Maizey on its way to the gallops, for thinking that a polo pony had come along for, as it were, the ride.  That would almost certainly be Dissavril - a striking five year-old grey mare who is...

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Kalashnikov wins the Betfair Hurdle on Betfair Super Saturday at Newbury Racecourse - and Barbury Castle's Valdez is back


Despite some atrocious weather, there was a large crowd at Newbury Racecourse for Betfair Super Saturday (February 10).  They saw a great performance from the novice Kalashnikov to land the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, Britain's richest handicap hurdle - they saw Altior cruise to victory - and they saw return of...

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Rescheduled date for Vine & Craven point-to-point at Barbury Racecourse


The Vine & Craven point-to-point meeting at Barbury Racecourse, originally due to take place last Sunday (February 11), has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 24.

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Famous five storm Newbury's Betfair Hurdle - champion trainer Nicky Henderson's bid for sixth win - then there's Altior


Nicky Henderson has trained five winners of Britain's most valuable hurdle race - Newbury Racecourse's Betfair Hurdle.  On Saturday (February 10) he's sending a team of five horses into the race in his bid for a sixth victory.

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Barbury International Horse Trials stays firmly on the Event Rider Masters' 2018 calendar


With the new eventing season just a few weeks away, the Event Rider Masters Series (ERM) has announced its 2018 calendar of six legs, which builds on last year's international expansion into mainland Europe by including a new leg in Belgium.

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She's the official - and ace - photographer for Newbury Racecourse - known generally as 'Smiler'


Arriving at a race meeting last Saturday, braving some torrential rain and clouds hovering low on the nearby hills, a young photographer tweeted: "I've been coming here since 2011 and working here since 2014 and I still have to pinch myself every time I arrive...#LuckyGirl."  

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Eventing: Event Rider Masters looking for three consultants for 2018 season


Event Rider Masters who run the Barbury International Horse Trials and have brought new their competition to eventing in Britain and in Europe, are looking for applicants for three consultants for the 2018 season.

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Newbury Racecourse: 41 still going for the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle on Betfair Super Saturday


A total of 41 horses remain on course for the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, following the January 23 scratchings deadline.  It is Britain's richest handicap hurdle and it's run at Newbury Racecourse on February 10 as part of Betfair Super Saturday.

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Barbury trained Full Trottle takes Cheltenham Hunters' Chase

Laura Thomas with Full TrottleLaura Thomas with Full TrottleEight year-old Full Trottle - trained at Barbury by Laura Thomas - ran well to take the GX Landrover Open Hunter's Chase at Friday's evening meeting at Cheltenham (May 5.)

He was ridden by Mr Jonathan Bailey who has partnered him this season - mainly in point-to-points - to win six races including an Open Hunters' Chase at Ludlow on April 3.

The prestigious two-and-a-half mile Cheltenham chase had attracted a field of fourteen - but seven were pulled up during the race.

Irish bred Full Trottle - a somewhat tricky character - had been taken down to the start early.  Jonathan Bailey found a midfield place for him in the early stages of the race. They took the lead at the thirteenth fence and held on well to win by four lengths from Good Egg - trained and ridden by Miss Sarah Rippon.

Full Trottle is owned by Laura Thomas' father - Norman Thomas.

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