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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing supports owners at Barbury International


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


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


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


'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'


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


  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…


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


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


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


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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Newbury Racecourse: Talaayeb faces seven rivals in Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes  

Newbury Racecourse presents an eight-race card on Thursday (June 15), with the highlight being the £50,000 Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes over a mile and a quarter for three-year-old fillies.

One of the eight runners Talaayeb (Owen Burrows/Jim Crowley) sets the standard after her excellent fourth behind Winter over a mile in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 7 - only her second career start.

The Ed Walker trained Indian Blessing (David Probert) proved herself over the distance with a staying-on third behind Mori in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on May 25. She filled the same position behind Sibilance on her comeback in a mile conditions race at Kempton Park in April.

Walker says that Indian Blessing has done very well since Goodwood: "She ran a great race there considering she was the only one to come from off the pace. Both the winner and runner-up were very handy, so I think she deserves more credit than the bare result."

"There are some potentially very nice fillies in Thursday's race. I think it could turn out a better race than the one at Goodwood.  Newbury will suit our filly better than Goodwood. She is an exciting filly and we are expecting another big run."

Sir Michael Stoute is chasing back-to-back wins after the success of Abingdon twelve months ago. He saddles Ebbesbourne (Ryan Moore) who stayed on strongly to capture an extended 10-furlong fillies' handicap at York on May 27.

Fellow Newmarket trainer John Gosden is doubly represented by Height Of Fashion Stakes fourth Elas Ruby (Frankei Dettori) and Haydock Park maiden winner Smart Together (William Buick).  Gosden has won two of the last five renewals of this race.

The line-up is completed by twice-raced maiden winners Pleasant Surprise (Luca Cumani/Jamie Spencer) and Fleur Forsyte (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt), plus Pattie (Mick Channon/Silvestre de Sousa).

Ed Walker's other runner on the card is King's Coinage.  Under Liam Keniry, he goes in the Insure Wiser Handicap (10 runners) over a mile-and-a-half. The three-year-old shaped well on his reappearance when second in a 10-furlong handicap at Nottingham on April 22.

The action gets underway with an Arabian race at 1.00pm. The eight thoroughbred races start at 1.30pm and end at 5.20pm.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has been in excellent form with his two-year-olds this season and runs the regally bred Being There (William Buick) in the Be Wiser Insurance Novice Race (10 runners) over an extended six furlongs. The Dubawi colt is the first foal of French 1,000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour and cost €1.4-million at Goffs in September.

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