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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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Sir Mark Todd honoured in Auckland

From New Zealand news of a very special evening at the Equitana event in Auckland to honour the long and illustrious career of Sir Mark Todd who retired in July.

A stalwart of New Zealand’s eventing team at international competitions - most notably at the Olympics - Todd who is based at Badgerstown north-east of Baydon, is turning his skills in horsemanship to training racehorses.

 Sir Mark & Lady Todd centre - with Blyth Tait (right) & MC Stuart McCleod Sir Mark & Lady Todd centre - with Blyth Tait (right) & MC Stuart McCleod

Sir Mark Todd told the crowd in Auckland that he was humbled and appreciative of the many who had travelled from far and wide to celebrate his tremendous eventing career at EQUITANA Auckland’s A Night to Remember.


“It was just wonderful to see everyone,” said Sir Mark who was joined on stage by former team mates, horse owners and others who had played an important part in a career that had spanned four decades. “It is very humbling to have everyone say such nice things.” 

Those who couldn’t make it sent videos, including top British riders Mary King and William Fox-Pitt as well as Marlborough’s top New Zealand eventers Tim and Jonelle Price and others.


Joining him on the stage were former team mates Blyth Tait, Tinks Pottinger, Jock Paget, Clarke Johnstone and others.


Helen Gilbert, who groomed back to back Olympic gold medal winning Charisma for six years, travelled all the way from the UK for the special evening – much to Sir Mark’s delight.  “It was very special,” said Helen. “Charisma was my baby – he was just the most incredible little horse.”


[Photo by Libby Law Photography]

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