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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing supports owners at Barbury International

18-01-2018

Owners at the Barbury International Point-to-Point- on Saturday, January 20 at Barbury Racecourse - are to be well looked following a new initiative by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), the promotional body for Irish racing and bloodstock.

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Hot to Trot Racing syndicate's successful 2017 means it's now 2Hot to Trot

18-01-2018

The affordable Flat racing syndicate Hot To Trot Racing had 'an unforgettable year' in 2017, the highlight being Heartache’s brilliant win in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the joyous scenes afterwards.

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Milansbar is back in great form - and Bryony Frost gave him an 'ace' ride

18-01-2018

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.

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Gary Witheford takes a step back - while his son Craig takes on the racing side of their work

16-01-2018

'Horse-whisperer' Gary Witheford, who is based near Burbage, has decided to stop working with horses from the general public.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point: record entry includes 14 from Irish trainers & a three division 'bumper'

16-01-2018

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.

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Barbury International Point-to-Point affirms its international status

12-01-2018

  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.

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

31-12-2017

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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Lil Rockerfeller - a stayer and a local star

18-12-2017

He's a very popular horse with the punters and he's trainer Neil King's 'great servant' - six year-old Lil Rockerfeller is a hurdler of great determination and stamina. He is a horse that loves Ascot - he is entered there for Saturday's (December 23) JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle...

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

13-12-2017

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...

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Barbury reaches out to Irish pointers to join its International meeting

06-12-2017

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.

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Entries announced for first Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury: can Smad Place make the winner's enclosure again?

Smad Place & Wayne Hutchinson on their way to the start for Newbury's 2016 Hennessy Gold CupSmad Place & Wayne Hutchinson on their way to the start for Newbury's 2016 Hennessy Gold CupThe popular grey Smad Place - trained by Alan King at Barbury Castle - is among 60 entries revealed (November 1) for the £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on the second day of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, Saturday, December 2.

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Tim Price wins second place in world eventing rankings as 2017 season ends

Jonelle, Otis & Tim Price at Blenheim (Photo by Libby Law - by kind permission of the Prices)Jonelle, Otis & Tim Price at Blenheim (Photo by Libby Law - by kind permission of the Prices)You can't really get away from the word:  it's been a very eventful year for Marlborough's New Zealand eventers Jonelle and Tim Price.  Their first child - a boy named Otis - was born on Wednesday, August 16.   And now the eventing season has ended with Tim gaining second place in the world rankings.

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Newbury Racecourse's last day of the Flat season sees Group 3 honours for Best Solution, Nebo & Frankie

Best Solution, winner of the G3 Worthington's "Indigo Leisure" Stakes, & jockey Pat Cosgrave with the special Poppy saddle cloth marking the 10th anniversary of Newbury's Armed Forces Raceday (Photo courtesy Newbury Racecourse) Best Solution, winner of the G3 Worthington's "Indigo Leisure" Stakes, & jockey Pat Cosgrave with the special Poppy saddle cloth marking the 10th anniversary of Newbury's Armed Forces Raceday (Photo courtesy Newbury Racecourse) The tenth running of Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday brought the curtain down on the 2017 Flat season at Newbury Racecourse - and included a treble for Frankie Dettori and two tantalising seconds for Manton trainer Brian Meehan.

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Interview: Local Flat jockey Jimmy Fortune on his career and why he decided to retire

Jimmy Fortune - at home Jimmy Fortune - at home Flat jockey Jimmy Fortune did not want his last race to be a wet September evening's Nursery Handicap qualifier on an all-weather track.  So he was very pleased when trainer John Gosden gave him his last ride at Newmarket on Nathra in the Group One Sun Charriot Stakes on October 7 - the day he announced his retirement.

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Second retirement for former racehorse Beware Chalk Pit - and a celebratory final show ring victory

Farewell Horse of the Year Show victory for Beware Chalk Pit & Rebecca Court (Photo courtesy 1st Class Images/HOYS)Farewell Horse of the Year Show victory for Beware Chalk Pit & Rebecca Court (Photo courtesy 1st Class Images/HOYS)The retired racehorse Beware Chalk Pit, who was in training with East Kennett trainer Jonathan Geake from 2009 to 2015, was judged SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Champion at the Horse of the Year Show (4 October) - a crowning achievement to mark his second retirement.

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