Author: Karen Sargeant

Cheltenham Festival 2016: Entries revealed for Grade One novices’ hurdles

Grade One novices’ hurdles With just under six weeks to go until The Festival gets underway, entries have been revealed for the four Grade One novices’ hurdles over the four days: The £120,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm, Champion Day, Tuesday, 15th March) Rhe £120,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm, Ladies Day, Wednesday, 16th March) The £120,000 JCB Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm, Gold Cup Day, Friday, 18th March) The £120,000 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2.50pm, Gold Cup Day, Friday, 18th March). Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the first race on Champion Day, always...

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Fahy mulling options for Morning Assembly ahead of Aintree Grand National

The Aintree Grand National Irish trainer Pat Fahy is hoping talented performer Morning Assembly lines up the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, 9th April, day three of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival. The world’s greatest chase, by far the richest Jump race in Europe, takes place at Aintree over 30 fences and four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards. The nine-year-old Morning Assembly was a very talented novice two seasons ago when he defeated the high-class Don Cossack, a leading contender for this year’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, in a Grade Two contest at Punchestown. He also finished...

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(Human) Hurdler Jack Houghton takes on (Horse) Irving ahead of Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton

With Grade One equine superstar – Irving – set to run in the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle that takes place at Wincanton Racecourse on Saturday, 20th February, 22-year-old Jack Houghton undertook training at the Somerset track in a Horse v Human comparison. JACK HOUGHTON IRVING Age: 22 (3/9/93   Age: 8 (1/1/2008)   Rating: Number 1 – Under 23 in 400m Hurdles British University Champion in 400m Hurdles UK ranking: 6th   Rating: 162 over hurdles Winning nearly £250,000 in prize money     Background: Born near Doncaster, Jack is in his third year at The University of Bath, studying Biology and is on target...

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Bangor-on-Dee to hold All-Hurdle card

Bangor-on-Dee After further rainfall this week, the Chase course racecourse remains waterlogged. With the forecast suggesting the course will not dry out in time for next Wednesday’s fixture, the Clerk Of The Course at Bangor-on-Dee has been forced to abandon the Chases scheduled for 27th January. In response, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)’s Racing Department has programmed two additional Hurdle races in an attempt to safeguard this fixture.  The card will now be made up of five Hurdle races and a Standard Open National Hunt Flat race. Going on the Bangor-on-Dee Hurdles course is currently described as Heavy. The...

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Different is beautiful: Oilily at Amsterdam Fashion Week

Oilily presented its women’s fashion 2016 winter collection on the catwalk at Amsterdam Fashion Week Clearly stirred by ethnic diversity, Oilily reflected this in its choice of title: Different is Beautiful, inspired by people of different cultures, backgrounds, beauties, outlooks and desires. Everything in the collection revolved around intriguing clashes; not only in colour but also in forms and fabrics. For example supple silk with wool, and tight fitting dresses were mixed with oversized coats. Oilily’s winter collection for 2016 expressed a rich and luxurious sensation, brimful of surprises. Seen on the catwalk Oilily’s show consisted of three mini...

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