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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing supports owners at Barbury International

18-01-2018

Owners at the Barbury International Point-to-Point- on Saturday, January 20 at Barbury Racecourse - are to be well looked following a new initiative by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), the promotional body for Irish racing and bloodstock.

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Hot to Trot Racing syndicate's successful 2017 means it's now 2Hot to Trot

18-01-2018

The affordable Flat racing syndicate Hot To Trot Racing had 'an unforgettable year' in 2017, the highlight being Heartache’s brilliant win in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the joyous scenes afterwards.

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Milansbar is back in great form - and Bryony Frost gave him an 'ace' ride

18-01-2018

Conditional jockey Bryony Frost had never sat on Milansbar before she met him at Warwick (January 13) and rode him to a famous eleven lengths victory in the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Handicap Chase - beating off Cogry and Missed Approach.

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Gary Witheford takes a step back - while his son Craig takes on the racing side of their work

16-01-2018

'Horse-whisperer' Gary Witheford, who is based near Burbage, has decided to stop working with horses from the general public.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point: record entry includes 14 from Irish trainers & a three division 'bumper'

16-01-2018

The second running of the Barbury International Racing Club meeting at Barbury Racecourse, on Saturday, January 20, will score in three important and innovative ways.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point affirms its international status

12-01-2018

  There will be Irish participation at the second Barbury International Point-to-Point at the Barbury Racecourse on Saturday, January 20.  And there will be a continental element there as well in the form of top French amateur jockey Guillaume Viel.

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End of 2017 thriller: Poetic Rhythm's narrow Challow Hurdle win at Newbury - great day for Fergal - mixed fortunes…

31-12-2017

Newbury's final fixture of 2017 (December 30) took place before a healthy crowd of almost 9,000.  The course had had 7.9mm of rain in the previous 24-hours.  The going was heavy - and obviously testing for many of the day's runners.  For the spectators it was warm if windy.  

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Lil Rockerfeller - a stayer and a local star

18-12-2017

He's a very popular horse with the punters and he's trainer Neil King's 'great servant' - six year-old Lil Rockerfeller is a hurdler of great determination and stamina. He is a horse that loves Ascot - he is entered there for Saturday's (December 23) JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle...

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Pete's retired - again - but he still takes the top prize

13-12-2017

Former successful racehorse, Beware Chalk Pit - known to most as Pit or Pete and to some as Perfect Pete - has won the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) 2017 Horse of the Year award at a presentation ceremony at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.   There to accept the award...

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Barbury reaches out to Irish pointers to join its International meeting

06-12-2017

Barbury Racecourse is set to stage the second Barbury International Point-to-Point on Saturday, January 20 - following the successful amendments to the rules of the sport that made last January's inaugural fixture possible.

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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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