Author: Karen Sargeant

Walking the Courses – a champion charity challenge

Walking The Courses is Arena Racing Company’s Official Charity Partner for this year’s All-Weather Championships. Walking The Courses is raising much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare. What Is Walking The Courses? In 2012, Richard Farquhar lost his father, Peter, to pancreatic cancer. Peter and Richard shared a love of horseracing and indulged this passion in each other’s company for many years. In his father’s memory, Richard has undertaken a remarkable 3,000-mile walk around mainland Britain, connecting all 60 of the nation’s racecourses on foot, in aid of two fantastic causes: Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK....

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Pendleton powers to fabulous fifth in the Cheltenham Foxhunters

Cheltenham Foxhunters: A former Olympian who had never sat on a horse a year ago came fifth in the St James’s Palace Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham today, Friday, 18th March 2016. Victoria Pendleton quoshed her doubters with a steady but determined ride around the ‘amateur’s Gold Cup’ – a race that includes the same jumps and course as one of racing’s most famous challenges. Pacing herself at the back of the field but keeping herself in touch and on the rail she gradually inched her way into contention for a solid fifth place. “The first couple of fences came really...

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Nina Carberry clinches Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham for the second year running

The outstanding woman amateur of her generation has clinched the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase for the second year on the run at the Cheltenham Festival today, Friday 18th March 2016. Nina Carberry won last year’s race riding On The Fringe for owner JP McManus, and she repeated the feat on the same horse, bringing the Enda Bolger-trained winner through late under a beautifully-timed ride to win going away. Carberry has now won six races at The Festival and three St James’s Place Foxhunter Chases. She said: “I’m just so happy, so happy, I can’t believe it. I didn’t think...

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Aintree Grand National Guide 2016

Aintree Grand National Guide 2016 It’s one of the greatest steeplechases in the world and this year’s John Smith’s Grand National is run at Aintree on Saturday 9th April: it’s a spectacle that never fails to get hearts racing as fast as the horses. Grand National Guide 2016: What’s on and when Grand National 2016: Racing timetable Grand Opening Day Ladies’ Day Grand National Day The 40 Declared Runners     Grand National Guide 2016: FEATURES Smouldering shoulders for a gorgeous Grand National outfit A unique and compelling race New Start time and distance Success of modifications Anatomy of a...

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FACTS 2016: Grand National Grey Horses

The 2016 Grand National Grey Horses: ‘Everybody loves a grey…’ Three different grey horses have won the Grand National four times – The Lamb (1868 and 1871), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Neptune Collonges (2012). But greys have gone close in recent years. Suny Bay, second to Lord Gyllene in 1997, filled the same spot behind Earth Summit in 1998 when the top-weight. Cavalier came seventh and 12th in the same two renewals. Baronet fell at the fourth in 1999 and Senor El Betrutti failed to get beyond the first in 2000. Two greys were among the first four home in 2002...

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