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Barbury Racecourse: Vine & Craven point-to-point gets a new race - the stable staff dash


Many point-to-points have run charity races and recently the Barbury International has introduced the bumper - both over flat courses.

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Lavelle finds Betfair Hurdle prize too valuable to ignore for emerging hurdler Highly Prized

16-01-2020 Emma Blackburn

Emma Lavelle is training ex-US Flat horse Highly Prized for a tilt at the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, opening up the chance for her to complete a famous double in Newbury’s two richest jumps prizes.

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Your Darling compared to the great Best Mate after winning bumper debut at Newbury

16-01-2020 Emma Blackburn

The eagerly anticipated debut of Sprinter Sacre’s full brother ended in defeat for Flinteur Sacre at Newbury on Wednesday (January 15) by a horse called Your Darling, who Henrietta Knight compared to the great Best Mate.

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More MansionBet sponsorship at Newbury Racecourse

14-01-2020 A Correspondent

For 2020 MansionBet has broadened its sponsorship at Newbury Racecourse.  This includes support of the MansionBet London Cup on Saturday 16 May, which forms part of Al Shaqab Lockinge Day.

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Trainer Hughie Morrison mulls £100,000 bonus as Not So Sleepy given Betfair Hurdle entry

08-01-2020 Emma Blackburn

Not So Sleepy, who trounced a competitive field to win the Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot before Christmas, could pursue the sponsor’s £100,000 bonus at Newbury next month after he was one of 56 horses engaged in the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle.

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Wilton Horse Trials announce their new title sponsor

05-01-2020 A Correspondent

The Wilton Horse Trials, which will take place in Wilton Park, near Salisbury on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 2020, has announced Wiltshire Life as the event’s new title sponsors.

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Thyme Hill favourite for Albert Bartlett after Betway Challow Hurdle win at Newbury

29-12-2019 Emma Blackburn

Thyme Hill laid claim to the mantle of Britain’s leading staying novice hurdler when he extended an unbeaten start to his career over obstacles with victory in the Grade 1 Betway Challow Hurdle at Newbury (December 28).

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Lavelle hoping to taste yet more Newbury success with Eclair Surf in the Betway Challow Hurdle

27-12-2019 Emma Blackburn

Emma Lavelle will try to end a memorable 2019 at Newbury with yet more big race glory when she bids to land the track’s final feature race of the year, the Grade 1 Betway Challow Hurdle, with Eclair Surf (Saturday, 28 December 2019).

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Hobbs hopes it’s Thyme for another Challow Hurdle success as Hill aims for Newbury’s Grade 1 race

23-12-2019 Emma Blackburn

Thyme Hill will seek to maintain an unbeaten start to his hurdling career when he steps back into Grade 1 company to contest the Betway Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday (December 28) - a prize won in the past by Denman.

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POINT-TO-POINTING FEATURE: Sara Bradstock on her riding career & the sport she loves - daughter Lily tells of her…

19-12-2019 Jake Exelby

Sara Bradstock is steeped in the sports of horse racing and point-to-pointing.

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Local success in 2018-2019 jump season

Once again the 2018-2019 jump racing season was a tussle between the big two - Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls and former Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson with Dan Skelton snapping at their heels.

The Championship rankings for 2018-2019 show it was an excellent season for local trainers.  Barbury Castle’s dual-purpose trainer Alan King took eighth place in the rankings - and coincidentally his mainstay jockey Wayne Hutchinson was at eighth place in the jockeys' table.


Emma Lavelle who trains at Ogbourne Maizey was delighted to be in sixteenth position - partly due to the amazing successes of Paisley Park.


Neil King, who trains at Burderop on the other side of the downs from Alan King, came in at 32nd place.  He has a smaller yard than the other two local jump trainers, and has had a record year as regards winners (40) and prize money.


The Championship table is based on total prize money - winners and placed horses.  So although Nicholls won with £3,307,573 with 135 winners, Henderson’s £2,908,481 came with 141 winners.


And Nicholls’ former assistant trainer, Dan Skelton’s £2,301,456 came with 205 winners from an astonishing 988 runners.  Though it is the races with major prize money that count most, the 2019-2020 season that has just started may become a three trainer race.

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