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Eventing: Andrew Nicholson wins his first Badminton - riding Nereo

At home: Andrew Nicholson and Nereo

New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson has won his first Badminton title - riding his 17-year-old Nereo.  Nicholson, who is based near Marlborough, is 55 and 21 months ago he broke his neck in a heavy eventing fall and for a time after his recovery was not sure he would continue to compete.  He won on his 37th completion of a Badminton coompetition.

His victory in Badminton's 2017 four star CCI competition came with the final round of the show jumping phase.  There were two German stars of the eventing world ahead of him.

First Germany's Michael Jung - who was defending his Badminton title - had a rail down and then Ingrid Klimke's jumping round fell apart giving her sixteen jumping faults and seven time faults - pushing her down to ninth place.

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The magic is back: for Frankie Dettori & Galileo Gold Newbury's Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes cannot come soon enough

Galileo Gold cantering up Newmarket's Long Hill (Summer 2016)

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer is excited about running his stable star Galileo Gold in 2017's first proper test in Europe for older milers - the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, at Newbury on Saturday, May 20.
 
The four-year-old Paco Boy colt has long had the £350,000 race over the straight mile at Newbury as his target.   

Among the other 20 confirmed entries for the Locking Stakes revealed today (May 3) are Minding (Aidan O'Brien), Ribchester (Richard Fahey) and Qatar Racing's Lightning Spear (David Simcock.)  Galileo Gold's stablemate Home of the Brave may also run.

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Classic contenders and Royal winner headline Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Saturday

HM the Queen enjoying another day at Newbury

Barney Roy and Dabyah both enhanced their Classic claims with impressive G3 victories at Newbury (April 22), while Her Majesty The Queen was also present on day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend to see her colours carried to victory by Call To Mind.  

The Queen, who had celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday with a day's racing at Newbury, returned to the course to see her three-year-old Galileo colt Call to Mind, who she also bred, capture division one of the £8,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden over a mile.

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Newbury Racecourse's flat season gets off to a fine start with the Spring Trials Weekend

Waiting for the crowds

Waiting for the crowds

Newbury’s opening Flat meeting of 2017, the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend (April 21 and 22), features well supported Classic trials, a Group race for older horses over a mile and a half, competitive handicaps and maiden races suited to bringing forward stars of the future.

It is a combination aided by excellent prize money, with the Saturday card worth £260,000 and the Friday programme totalling £112,000.

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Retraining of Racehorses: the story of the stellar second career of Marlborough owned & trained racehorse Beware Chalk Pit

Beware Chalk Pit with Rebecca Court

Beware Chalk Pit was twelve years-old when he won the Supreme Champion showing title at the four-day Retraining of Racehorses National Championship Show at Aintree in August last year.  He is pictured here with his rider Rebecca Court and garlanded with his awards.

The former National Hunt chaser, a bay gelding by Anshan, came out of training in January 2015.  And has made a remarkable switch to the show ring - with Rebecca Court.  Marlborough resident Ann Leftley still has an interest in him.

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Badminton call heralds breakthrough for Lissa Green and Ali G

Lissa Green

Lissa Green is understandably very excited at the prospect of her debut Badminton run but you get the feeling this 28-year-old event rider is bubbly much of the time.  When we met she had not long received the call from Badminton.

“Malin Head Clover (Ali G) and I will be able to tackle the most exciting course in the world......my excitement and goosebumps haven't stopped since I got 'that' phone call from the Badminton Office ….so special,” she says.

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Emma Lavelle's first year training on the Marlborough Downs sees her nearly double her winners

Irish Prophecy - the horse they're talking about - with Emma Lavelle

It is less than a year since jumps trainer Emma Lavelle moved from Hampshire to the famous and now much renovated and enlarged Bonita Racing Stables near Marlborough.  And Emma Lavelle Racing's first season there has been a resounding success: her tally of wins stands at 35 - against a total of 19 wins over the previous season at her Hampshire yard.

She says - modestly: "It's been a building year for us" - as in building up the yard's complement of horses. She has seventy boxes and 64 horses in training.

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Trainer George Baker to leave his Manton yard

George Baker with his racehorse named George Baker

George Baker with his racehorse named George Baker

Manton is losing one of its two well-known trainers. George Baker who has been leasing the Barton Yard from Paul Clarke, is buying the freehold of a training establishment in the Surrey Hills - very close to the Sussex-Surrey border.

George Baker - seen here with the racehorse he trains that is also named George Baker - has been training mainly for flat racing, but also for jumps, for nine years. In December 2013 he and his wife, Candida, and children and horses moved to Manton: "It is genuinely a privilege to add our name to the list of famous and successful trainers who have trained at Manton since the middle of the nineteenth century."

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