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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.