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Newbury Racecourse's Flat season ends on a military note - and marks two centenaries

17-10-2018 A Correspondent

Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday returns on Saturday 27 October 2018 at Newbury Racecourse. In keeping with the 100-year anniversary of the end of the first World War and 100 years of the RAF, the day will be filled with military activity and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

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New Jumps season: preparations and prospects for Emma Lavelle Racing

01-10-2018

October the first...the start of the Jumps season is well in sight...and preparations have been underway for several months at the Marlborough area's training yards.

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Eventing profile: after a year in the Marlborough area & a good season, Georgie Strang looks to next…

28-09-2018

It has been a year of change for eventer Georgie Strang - her first year in the Marlborough area.  And it's been a good year for her: "I'm really pleased with our progress - it's been educational for myself and the horses.  My younger horses have stepped up and I...

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Salisbury Racecourse: a review of the season as its final meeting approaches

24-09-2018

The 2018 season at Salisbury Racecourse, which runs solely on the Flat, comes to a close on October 3 with the £20,000 Weatherbys Handicap Stakes and a selection of races for two-year olds.

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Newbury Racecourse sees Ed Barrett’s truly remarkable walk for charity, lots of rain and good racing

23-09-2018

Why do we go to the races? For the sport?  To have a flutter - and keep the bookies in profit?  To be with chums?  To watch extraordinary horses?

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Newbury racing: Ian Balding remembers Mill Reef - fifty years after the great horse's birth  

18-09-2018 A Correspondent

Ian Balding has been paying tribute to the best horse he ever trained as he recalls the life and career of the great Mill Reef, one of the most popular racehorses of all time, who was born 50 years ago this year.

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Eventing: Great Britain team's two gold medals at World Equestrian Games

17-09-2018

Great Britain's eventers won the team gold medal at the eighth World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina - and Ros Canter on Allstar B took the individual gold.

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Chafer grubs: Salisbury Racecourse forced to abandon racing

11-09-2018

Salisbury Racecourse's 'Twilight' meeting today (Tuesday, September 11) has been abandoned.  The decision was made on safety ground.

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Neil King's Milansbar to target the Grand National again

10-09-2018

More than 200 visitors and owners went to Neil King's Ridgeway Racing yard near Barbury Castle for his annual open day - looking ahead to the coming jumps season, his fifth at Upper Herdswick farm.

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Eventing: Team Price's year crowned with Tim's fine Burghley win - next up for the 'golden couple' the World Games…

03-09-2018

"What a super year" said Tim Price after his victory in the land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Ringwood Skyboy.

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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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