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

Poetic Rhythm (rt) at the last with Mulcahys Hill (Photo: Newbury Racecourse)Poetic Rhythm (rt) at the last with Mulcahys Hill (Photo: Newbury Racecourse)

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

L to R: Clare Balding (RoR Patron), Rebecca Court (rider), Justine Armstrong-Small (who retrained Pete), Mrs Anne Leftley (owner) with Andrew Merriam (Chairman of Jockey Club Estates) presenting the award. (Photo from RoR website by Dan Abraham - focusonracing.com)L to R: Clare Balding (RoR Patron), Rebecca Court (rider), Justine Armstrong-Small (who retrained Pete), Mrs Anne Leftley (owner) with Andrew Merriam (Chairman of Jockey Club Estates) presenting the award. (Photo from RoR website by Dan Abraham - focusonracing.com)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 was the 13 year-old gelding's owner, Marlborough resident Mrs Anne Leftley. 

 

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Newbury Racecourse's first Ladbrokes Winter Carnival: Irish raider Total Recall lands Ladbrokes Trophy - delighting Willie Mullins & Irish visitors 

Total Recall on the way to winning the Ladbrokes Trophy (Photo: Newbury Racecourse)Total Recall on the way to winning the Ladbrokes Trophy (Photo: Newbury Racecourse)The Ladbrokes Trophy - previously known famously as the Hennessy Gold Cup - on day two of Newbury Racecourse's first Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, is the second richest handicap chase run in Britain - with £250,000 in prize money.  It was won on Saturday (December 2) by Irish challenger and 9/2 favourite Total Recall.

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