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Jan Perrins talks to former jockey, Cheltenham specialist & trainer Andy Turnell at Broad Hinton: what does he think of the Grand National now?

Andy Turnell & Jan Perrins - the drawing behind them is of Dower House who Andy trained 2002-2007 - & who won nine flat races in his career

It is three years since Andy Turnell suffered a severe stroke, curtailing his career as a racehorse trainer, and even though he is a little disappointed at the progress he has made, he is not bitter.

“I always wanted to be a jockey and that is what happened and then I wanted to be a trainer, and I achieved that too, so I cannot complain,” says the man who was third on Charles Dickens in the Grand National behind Red Rum and L’Escargot as a jockey, and who won it as a trainer with Maori Venture.

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Newbury Racecourse announces The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival as the Hennessy Gold Cup morphs into the Ladbrokes Trophy

After Newbury Racecourse secured Ladbrokes to replace Hennessy as the sponsor of its premier National Hunt race, everyone wondered what the race would be called.

The two-day meeting, which takes place on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 in 2017, will be known as The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, with both days broadcast live on ITV Racing. 

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Manton Assistant Trainer Rory O'Dowd wins a Godolphin prize - and visits Westminster

Rory O'Dowd with Claire Perry MP

Brian Meehan's Assistant Trainer Rory O'Dowd has won the Leadership prize at the thirteenth annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.  The winners were invited to a reception at the Houses of Parliament.

O'Dowd was one of three people nominated for what is the premier accolade of the Godolphin awards, which are run by the British Horseracing Authority. 

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Paul Nicholls pleased with preparations for Newbury's major Betfair Super Saturday

Paul Nicholls with Movewiththetimes

The highlight of Newbury Racecourse's Betfair Super Saturday (February 11) is the Betfair Hurdle - Britain's richest handicap hurdle with prize pot of £155,000.  One trainer with his eye on the winning enclosure is ten times champion trainer Paul Nicholls: "The Betfair Hurdle is a very, very valuable race - and a good one to win."

Nicholls' Movewiththetimes is joint favourite to take the race.  The six-year-old chestnut has won three of his races.  In December he came home a length clear under a six pound penalty at Wincanton in a two mile novices' hurdle.

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Newbury's annual Greatwood Charity Raceday fields some punters' favourites - and a fascinating charity race

Lisa Kozak with Oliver Sherwood

Now in its tenth year Newbury's Greatwood Charity Raceday (Saturday, March 4) features great racing, a charity race and a chance to support a really worthwhile equestrian cause.

The day raises vital funds needed to care for 43 ex-racehorses, which are either used for Greatwood’s innovative educational programmes, re-trained to be rehomed, or remain at the charity's base at Clench Common, near Marlborough, on a sanctuary basis.

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Event Rider Masters confirm 2017 contests - including July's Barbury International Horse Trials

Oliver Townend (GB) wins the 2016 ERM series with Jonelle Price (NZ) second & Paul Tapner (AUS) third (Photo: Eventridermasters.tv)

The Event Rider Masters (ERM) team has confirmed (February 23) its 2017 calendar, which will consist of seven legs and include the expansion of the series from the UK into mainland Europe.  As last year, the Barbury International Horse Trials will be the location for the third leg of the series.

With a prize pot of £400,000 guaranteed across the series, it establishes the ERM as the most valuable competition of its kind in the sport of eventing.

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Barbury Racecourse preview: Vine & Craven point-to-point promises strong entries, competitive races & local interest

A total of 144 entries have been received for the seven race Vine & Craven point-to-point fixture on Sunday, February 12 at Barbury Racecourse high on the Marlborough Downs.

Earlier this week Clerk of the Course John White reported the going was 'Good to Soft, Soft in places'. Since the last meeting, the fences have been moved, and the majority of the racing line will be on fresh ground.

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It's the Ladbrokes Gold Cup - leading bookmaker to sponsor Newbury Racecourse's flagship winter jumps meeting

For sixty years it was known as the Hennessy Gold Cup - but last month the firm announced their sponsorship had run its course.  Today (January 23) Newbury racecourse announced Ladbrokes as the new sponsor of the two-day winter meeting - and of the Gold Cup - in a five year deal.

The highlight of the two days will be the race formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, a handicap chase over three and a quarter miles, with a rich history going back 60 years. The prize money for the Ladbrokes Gold Cup will be increased by a quarter to £250,000 for its first running.

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