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Marlborough's Jonelle Price takes Luhmühlen title

18-06-2018

    Following her recent success at Badminton Marlborough's Jonelle Price followed up with another CC14 win this time in Germany at Luhmühlen Horse Trials.   Eventing NZ tweeted their congratulations to Jonelle, a key member of their team who has only just returned to competitive action following the birth of son Otis last...

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Newbury Racecourse introduces the new £100,000 JLT Cup

11-06-2018 A Correspondent

Newbury Racecourse has announced the introduction of a new £100,000 stayers' handicap sponsored by JLT - and named the JLT Cup.

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Eventing: Chelsea Pearce leads all the way - as Brits lead the world

05-06-2018

Local eventer Chelsea Pearce has scored a major victory at the Brand Hall International Horse Trials (June 1-2) near Market Drayton. 

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Andrew Nicholson honoured in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours

04-06-2018

Andrew Nicholson has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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2015 World Hurdle winner Cole Harden retires to Greatwood

23-05-2018

This week, Greatwood Charity was delighted to welcome Cheltenham Festival winner Cole Harden to its Clench Common paddocks, after the 9-year-old gelding was retired from racing due to an injury.

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Eventer Chelsea Pearce is on a busy gap year - with a busy competition season finally underway

21-05-2018

With her A Levels behind her, eventer Chelsea Pearce, who is based near Marlborough, is making the most of her gap year.

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Newbury Racecourse's Lockinge Day: some great racing, fine sunshine, no violence - and the wedding

20-05-2018

Al Shaqab Lockinge Day (May 19) is Newbury Racecourse's most important day of the Flat season - this year it saw the royal wedding, sunshine, extra security, no violent scenes...and some remarkable racing.

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Georgie Strang joins Wiltshire's international eventing elite - moving to Sir Mark Todd's Badgerstown base

16-05-2018 A Correspondent

Georgie Strang has joined the Marlborough area’s unique stable of top eventers - joining Sir Mark Todd’s yard at Badgerstown on the edge of the Marlborough Downs.

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Can Limato win Newbury's Lockinge mile on Saturday? He’s on song & “He likes sunshine and hard ground"

15-05-2018

The skylarks were so high you could not spot them against the blue sky.  Limato was exercising on trainer Henry Candy's gallops north of Lambourn - the weather was perfect, the turf was amazing and Limato looked a picture.

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Eventing star Nereo - who with Andrew Nicholson aboard delighted the crowds so often - is retired

08-05-2018

Nereo took Andrew Nicholson to his first Badminton victory in 2017.  Now, on the last day if Badminton 2018, the eighteen year-old Lockeridge based eventing horse has been retired from top-level competitions.

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Neil King: Marlborough Downs’ new racing trainer is ready for the jump season

 

Neil King Neil King There is now another King training racehorses on the Marlborough Downs.  This is Neil King who held the first open day at his Ridgeway Racing yard on Sunday (September 14) at Upper Herdwick Farm just east of Barbury Castle.

From the top of Ridgeway Racing’s new all-weather gallop you can look over toward the other King’s yard and glimpse Alan King’s gallops and the Barbury Horse Trials grounds.  The landscape of Neil King’s 300 acre training area is truly amazing – with views across it and beyond it to hold the eye whatever the weather.

The new gallopThe new gallopNeil and his wife Clare only arrived in Wiltshire from his previous Newmarket yard at the end of July.  Already he and his staff – some moved with him from Newmarket and some are new, local hires – have transformed the yard and gallops, developing the yard he took over from its previous occupant, trainer Jim Old.

The covered training ring is now more spacious and has a floor of waxed sand recycled from Wolverhampton’s all-weather track. They have a new horse walker and have renovated the three staff bungalows.

At the open day, Neil King told the owners – including many from the yard’s ownership syndicate, the Racing for Fun Partnership – that he had already benefitted from the chalk downs’ ability to absorb rain.  The rains of August, he said, would have kept him off his Newmarket grass for many days.

Trevor WhelanTrevor WhelanOpen days are mainly about horses.  King brought a handful from Newmarket and has been busy assembling new owners and buying new horses.  He trains for the National Hunt (NH) jump season, but has already had winners from Upper Herdwick farm in this summer’s NH flat races.

Helping the staff lead out the horses was Trevor Whelan – first jockey for the yard.  King said Whelan had been “key to many of our successes this season.” He rode 17 out of the yard’s 25 winners – as well as another 12 winners for other trainers.  This put him third in the conditional jockey’s title.

Thirty-five horses were paraded for the visitors – among them horses for sale and horses to watch this coming National Hunt season all with the added plus of their local interest.  In the best tradition of taking a pin to select a horse from the race card, here are five of the horses currently at Neil King’s yard – just a sample:

Looks Like Magic Looks Like Magic LOOKS LIKE MAGIC – is a five-year-old grey gelding owned by Mark and Tracy Harrod.  Neil King bought him for them in November 2012.  In summer 2013 he ran a creditable fourth at Stratford.  Last June he had an unsuccessful outing at Fontwell.  But he is now looking good for the autumn.  He is a very attractive looking horse.
Mercers CourtMercers Court MERCERS COURT – a six-year-old bay gelding. Since April he has twice come second at Fontwell.  But at the third attempt, when set to win, he jinked to the side and unseated Trevor Whelan for a painful fall.  Neil King reckons he has a future as “a nice chaser in due course.”  Owned by David Nott, Ken Lawrence & Tim Messom.
ZeroeshadesofgreyZeroeshadesofgrey ZEROESHADESOFGREY  – is a five-year-old grey gelding from Ireland.  Last year, having been turned out for the summer, he came back, says King, “looking twice the horse he was.” He won two bumpers early this year and is “an exciting hurdler for the new season.”  Owned by Mrs J.K.Buckle.
Town Mouse Town Mouse TOWN MOUSE – is a four-year-old chestnut gelding.  After four disappointing runs, he came good a year ago at Huntingdon at 50-1: “I think it was quite a good race he won there, and he has since confirmed this was no fluke, finishing second at Kempton and winning again at Huntingdon.”  He won again at Huntingdon in November 2013. This year he has come home fourth in two of his five races.  But you are not likely to find a bookie giving 50-1 on him now.  Owned by Brian bell & John Smith. 
Tender Surprise Tender Surprise TENDER SURPRISE – a five-year-old bay filly.  She has had her problems while in training, but is now, says King, “in the form of her life”.  And to prove it in July she won two hurdle races at Uttoxeter meetings.  She may run at Plumpton this coming Sunday (September 21) – one to watch. Owned by David Howes.

 

 

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