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Keeping them racing all year round: Newbury's new Clerk of the Course has a weather eye on the turf

13-01-2019

Newbury Racecourse's meeting on Wednesday (January 16) will be the first overseen by their new Clark of the Course, Keith Ottesen.

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Driving solo from west Wales to Mongolia raising funds for charity - with a stop-off to meet a local para-equestrian…

09-01-2019

Thirty year-old Guy Simmonds' first stop on his epic solo 2019 journey - by any standards the journey of a lifetime - was Rockley.  He came to see para-equestrian dressage rider Alison Fryer.

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Newbury Racing: Betway Challow glory for Champ, a fond farewell for Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood & Richard…

30-12-2018

Newbury Racecourse's final final fixture of 2018 (December 29) saw a classy Betway Challow Hurdle and two tight finishes.  But the day was as much about the people who make horseracing such a popular sport, as about the card of seven races.

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Paisley Park gives owner, trainer and jockey a Grade 1 Christmas present at Ascot

23-12-2018

Marlboroughequestrian.news used to have a Horse in the Spotlight feature.  Then we changed it to a Horse Profile feature - currently featuring  Paisley Park on the strength of his amazing recent victory at Haydock.

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Newbury's Betway Challow Hurdle Day: first race will be named in honour of departing Clerk of the Course Richard…

19-12-2018 A Correspondent

It will truly be the end of an era at Newbury on Saturday, December 29, Betway Challow Hurdle Day, when Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood officiates at the track for the final time - 99 years after the first member of the Osgood family joined the racecourse staff.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point's new date sees good support and great racing

18-12-2018 Russell Smith

Sarah Rippon was full of praise for Sonneofpresenting after her new charge upset odds-on favourite Cousin Pete it the Barbury International Racing Club meeting at Barbury Racecourse (December 16) - a new pre-Christmas date for this innovative fixture.

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Laura Thomas: Barbury trainer faces economic truths - and keeps the pointers for fun

14-12-2018

At present, Barbury trainer Laura Thomas has twenty horses at her yard, but she is standing back from training pointers to concentrate on pre-training, rehabilitation and box rest for racehorses - mainly for Alan King whose yard is just over the hill.

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Preview: Barbury International Racing Club's point-to-point takes on its new pre-Christmas & post Cheltenham date

12-12-2018 A Correspondent & Russell Smith

The Barbury International Racing Club's point-to-point on Sunday (December 16) is its second 2018 appearance.  This is because it has moved the fixture from a January to December - to follow on from Cheltenham's two-day International Meeting.

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Newbury: Sizing Tennessee leads Tizzard one-two in £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy - local interest Dingo Dollar is third

03-12-2018 A Correspondent

It may have rained for much of the afternoon on day two of Newbury's 2018 Ladbrokes Winter Carnival (Saturday, December 1), but the feature race - the £250,000 G3 Ladbrokes Trophy - turned into a Tizzard blizzard - led by Sizing Tennessee.

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Elegant Escape favourite of 23 runners for Ladbrokes Trophy - Dingo Dollar & Black Corton in good shape for £250,000…

26-11-2018 A Correspondent

Ante-post favourite Elegant Escape headlines the 23 five-day acceptors for the £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (Saturday, December 1) - the highlight of day two of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.

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With new research announced, Women in Racing calls for action on gender diversity in British horseracing

The first research ever undertaken into diversity in British horseracing has shown there is a need to develop a proper diversity agenda within the sport.  The research was unveiled at Women in Racing's sixth AGM at York Racecourse (May 17.)

The research - supported by funding from the Racing Foundation - was carried out by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice at Oxford Brookes University and Women in Racing.   

The report - titled Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing industry - found that while progress is being made at all levels within horseracing on gender diversity, there are serious issues for women working and involved within the sport.

These issues include:
 *   Lack of career development opportunities (at all levels including jockeys), progression and support;
 *   There are examples of discriminative, prejudice and bullying behaviour;
 *   Barriers and lack of representation at senior and board level; and
 *   Negative experiences of work-life balance and pastoral care.

The research’s most immediate recommendation is to establish an independent diversity steering body to support British horseracing in developing a deeper understanding of its diversity.  In the longer term a steering group would set industry-wide, voluntary diversity targets and effective monitoring.  

The research also sets out further actions to help improve gender diversity in leadership roles and addressing some of the career barriers women face within the sport at all levels - including mentoring and the positive impact of visible role models.

Women in Racing had recognised the need for this research and most other sports, particularly Olympic disciplines, have a diversity agenda and monitoring mechanisms in place, as well as independent reporting, which have all be developed following similar research. Women in Racing have confirmed its commitment and desire to work with British horseracing to act on the findings and recommendations.

The research was carried out by Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Professor of Equality & Diversity Management with researcher and lecturer Kate Clayton-Hathway.  It was the brainchild of the founder and honorary president of Women in Racing, Sally Rowley-Williams, who commented:   

“This is a ground-breaking piece of research for British horseracing. It sets out clear recommendations which the sport needs to act on. As the sport’s governing body, the BHA is best placed to lead on progressing the diversity agenda, but it is for all in the sport to play their part."

 "Women in Racing will do all it can to facilitate change and make sure this research is just the starting point for taking forward the diversity agenda within British horseracing."

The full report can be read here.

FOOTNOTE: The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote.

 

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