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Keyflow Stage1v3

Promise of a great day's racing at Newbury to keep the cold at bay


Race goers will be dusting off their best tweeds for a chilly day at Newbury on Saturday for one of the hottest tickets of the year.   It’s the Ladbrokes Trophy day (formerly Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup) - one of the most popular in the Newbury racing calendar.

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Keyflow - Putting Science back into a practical horse diet


More chaff? More mash? What kind? How much? When? Questions about what constitutes an ideal and practical diet for horses consume and confuse many owners.

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Trainer Jonjo ONeil is hoping that Cloth Cap can bag another victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on November…


Cloth Cap is on target to attempt to claim back-to-back victories after he headed a list of 42 entries for the historic prize. His trainer Jonjo O’Neill said, “We would love to pull it off again,” and deliver a poignant success for the family of the late Trevor Hemmings, the Ladbrokes Trophy’s...

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Newbury Racecourse to support racing staff week at Virgin Bet Flat Finale


Racing and stud staff are being invited for a day out at Newbury Racecourse next Saturday (23rd). The move is in support of Racing Welfare’s Racing Staff Week.

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We visit Neil King's Barbury yard and meet up with new Assistant Trainer, Hetta Stevens


  Hetta Stevens is the new assistant trainer with Neil King at Barbury. The Wroughton trainer is also aiming to build on success with jockey Bryony Frost over the Winter. Bryony showed up at Neil’s Ridgeway Racing yard at Upper Hersdwick Farm on the Marlborough Downs on Sunday.

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Charity pilot to introduce former racehorse Ouzbeck to Marlborough Care Home Residents


Racing charities Greatwood and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) are working with the Racing Together team to deliver a pilot programme at OSJCT Coombe End Court care home in Marlborough.  Greatwood - based on the outskirts of Marlborough- was the first charity to use former racehorses to educate children, young people...

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Wiltshire Show is open for entries in all classes


Back by popular demand for a second event this year Due to popular demand, the organisers of The Wiltshire Show have agreed to hold a second show this year during the weekend of 25 and 26 September.

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Tack shop turns from hobby to business success


Wootton Bassett’s Hat 2 Hoof in line for top award Hat 2 Hoof has rapidly turned into a horse and pony rider’s Mecca in Wiltshire. Now, four and a half years after opening in the Old Post Office in Broad Hinton, the store, and its owner Terri Hemmings have been nominated for...

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Major Equine Clinic Application for Poulton Hill presented to Town Council Planning Committee


The Application for development of the Equine Clinic at Poulton Mill was discussed on Monday evening at the Town Council’s Planning Committee meeting. Planning reference: PL/2021/04663 Dr Andre Buthe, owner of the site and applicant along with his wife Dr Christna Ober, was present at the meeting to present the proposals and...

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Newbury Races: Sam Spinner renews rivalry with Paisley Park in Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle

25-11-2020 Emma Blackburn

Sam Spinner, runner-up to Paisley Park in last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle, returns to hurdles for only the second time since the 2019 Cheltenham Festival for a renewal of the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle that features the last two winners of this three mile crown.

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Season over for Paisley Park

Ogbourne Maizey trainer Emma Lavelle has told the Daily Mirror that Paisley Park will not race again this season.

After his disappointing performance in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, it was revealed he had an irregular heart beat  - as quell as the loss of two shoes during the race.  His trainer says he has now been given a clean bill of health.   She says “He did a nice piece of work with the heart monitor last week.  Everything wqas spot on.  He’s as fit as a flea.”


He was to have gone to the Punchestown Festival at the end of April.  However, racing in Ireland has been cancelled until April 19 and the Festival starts nine days after that.  There is uncertainty whether racing will be resumed by that date which puts the Festival in some doubt.


Emma Lavelle says: “We will wind him down and get him ready for his summer holiday.  I would’t want to compromise next season for something that may or may not happen.”

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