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Local artist's Drinking Horse sculpture gets its own winner's enclosure at Newbury Racecourse


Newbury racecourse marked the opening of its Flat racing season by installing a remarkable sculpture at the heart of the parade rings - Tom Hiscocks' massive yet finely realised depiction of a drinking horse.

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Local trainers - and Frankie - make waves at Newbury Racecourse's first weekend of the Flat season

22-04-2018 A Correspondent

The Friday of Newbury Racecourse's first Flat meeting of the season - the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend - saw sunshine and good racing, the Saturday (April 21) saw a little less less sunshine but some great racing.

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Local eventer Flora Harris is well prepared for a third Badminton completion

18-04-2018 Janet Perrins

This may be Marlborough based Flora Harris’ attempt for a third completion at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in a few weeks, but she is definitely not looking to the proverb, ‘third time’ lucky’, to see her through.

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Salisbury Racecourse has a rich history - and a record-breaking season ahead

16-04-2018 Owen Alsop

Racing is believed to have taken place on ‘the race plain’ from as early as the sixteenth century and Salisbury's Racecourse's ‘City Bowl’, dating back to 1654, is thought to be Britain's oldest named race - it is currently sponsored by Betfred.  

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Perrine, the RDA Carriage Driving Pony is saved thanks to petition


Marlboroughequestrian.news has learned that Perrine, the the RDA Carriage Driving Pony who's life was under threat following an accident will now be retired rather than put down.   The Trustees of Kennet Valley Driving Group relented after the petition was signed by over 3,500 people and the chairman Gillian Fallon received countless emails from people...

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Barbury Racecourse: Tedworth Point-to-Point draws a large - if rather wet - crowd to watch some great racing

10-04-2018 Russell Smith

Lotus Pond once more repaid his connections' faith with a convincing victory in the JM Finn & Co Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup at the Tedworth Hunt meeting at Barbury Racecourse, last Sunday (April 8).  Watching in the cold and misty rain was a really large crowd of...

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Locally trained entry confirmed for the Grand National: Milansbar will run with Bryony Frost aboard


With the announcement this afternoon of the five-day confirmations for Saturday's Randox Health Grand National, it is confirmed that Milansbar - trained by Neil King on the west side of Barbury Castle - will run.  He will be ridden by Bryony Frost - who rode him to a most famous...

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Off to a flying start: Martyn Meade's Chilean is his first runner and first winner out of Manton


The Manton Estate's new owner Martyn Meade plans to return it to its former position as one of the country's best racehorse training centres - and just a fortnight after his move from Newmarket, he sent out Chilean to win at Longchamp (April 8).

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Tedworth Point-to-Point - but first tomorrow's jockeys take their turn


The prologue to the Tedworth Point-to-Point at Barbury Racecourse (April 8) took the form of two pretty fast and furious pony races. These were sponsored by the Marlborough company Keyflow Feeds.  

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St James's Place Barbury discount ticket offer ends very soon


The St James's Place Barbury International Horse Trials in July have initiated a discount ticket scheme - but hurry, hurry it ends at midnight on Sunday, April 8.

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Local jockey Trevor Whelan just misses a win on his second Flat ride

Jockey Trevor Whelan, who is retained by local National Hunt trainer Neil King at Burderop near Barbury Castle, is trying his hand at the Flat during the summer.

Whelan, who is 28, began his career in Ireland as an apprentice.   He is best known for his partnership with the long-distance hurdler Lil Rockerfeller - trained by Neil King.

He told the Racing Post: "I'm naturally quite light and can ride at 9st 6lbs.  Neil King has a couple of Flat horses and I'm trying to keep busy over the summer."  He has also been riding out for George Baker and Brendan Powell.

On Thursday evening (May 18) he rode Alcatraz in a one-and-a-half mile handicap at Newmarket and came within a head of winning - just missing out to Hermann ridden by Sean Levey for Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon.

Five-year-old bay gelding Alcatraz is trained at the Manton Estate's Barton Yard by George Baker who described the result as an 'agonising second'.  Alcatraz has finished second in four of his last six starts, but has only won once in his nineteen Flat races.  He goes on any ground, the soft ground was said to be a plus for him.   

Writing in his blog, George Baker was honest enough about the horse's temperament: "This horse has been called a few names, even by those pretty close to home, but he definitely tried hard last night. He had every opportunity to shirk the issue, but battled all the way to the line."

Baker was, however, very impressed by Trevor Whelan's 'peach of a ride': "Trevor giving this Flat 'gig' a go through the summer. And, on the evidence of last night's stylish effort, he will be riding plenty of winners."

Someone to keep an eye on as the Flat season proceeds.

There's profile of Trevor Whelan in the marlboroughequestrian.news archive.


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