'The Newburys' - the racecourse celebrates the stars of their Jump racing season
Newbury Racecourse’s 2017/18 Jump racing season ends this weekend with the two-day Be Wiser Jump Season Finale on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24.
To round off the season, the racecourse will acknowledge some of the success stories that lit up the 2017-18 campaign by introducing their own end-of-season awards 'The Newburys' - in association with Be Wiser Insurance.
The owner, trainer, jockey and conditional jockey with the most wins during Newbury's 2017/18 Jumps racing season will be recognised during the afternoon of racing on Saturday (March 24). And there will be a special prize for the yard which has won the most Best Turned Out awards over the season. This prize is backed by the West Berkshire Racing Club.
Racing enthusiasts are also invited to vote their 'Moment Of The Season' from ashortlist of six memorable achievements:
- Total Recall's battling success over Whisper in the inaugural Ladbrokes Trophy (formerly The Hennessy Gold Cup) - the first Irish-trained horse to take the race in 37 years.
- Kalashnikov landing a huge victory to win the Betfair Hurdle in very testing ground for trainer Amy Murphy.
- Beer Goggles' surprise win under Richard Johnson in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at 40/1.
- Poetic Rhythm winning the Betfred Challow Hurdle to give trainer Fergal O'Brien his first Grade One success.
- Altior returning from enforced absence to claim a repeat victory in the Betfair Exchange Chase in emphatic fashion from the gutsy Politologue
- Native River recording a second consecutive success in the Betfair Denman Chase before heading on to Gold Cup glory at the Cheltenham Festival.
Racing fans can vote from the above shortlist by visiting this page of the Racecourse website or via Newbury's social media platforms. Voting will close at midnight on Friday, March 23.
All those who vote will be eligible to win a pair of Premier badges for the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, featuring the Ladbrokes Trophy on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
The highlight of Saturday's seven-race card is the £40,000 G2 EBF & TBA Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle Finale (3.15pm, 21 entries), a G2 limited handicap over an extended two and a half miles.
The entries are topped by Woolstone One (trainer Emma Lavelle), winner of a Listed race at Warwick on her latest start, and Midnight Tune (Anthony Honeyball), who made it three wins from her last four starts in the G2 Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park on February 16.
Her Majesty The Queen's famous colours could be sported by Sunshade. The Nicky Henderson-trained homebred won her first three starts under Rules, including two hurdle races, in good style before finishing third behind Maria's Benefit in a Listed mares' hurdle at Taunton in December.
Jamie Snowden has two interesting contenders in Kalahari Queen and Lostnfound. Kalahari Queen comfortably defeated Lady Of Lamanver (Harry Fry) by eight lengths in a handicap hurdle at Exeter on February 23.
Lostnfound beat Woolstone One at Uttoxeter in November and has finished runner-up twice since in similar races under the penalty.