Author: Sarah Elsley

Countdown to exciting season of horse racing at Newton Abbot’s newly-improved course

With just days to go until a thrilling new season of racing returns to Newton Abbot Racecourse, finishing touches are being made following a major winter improvement programme. The summer jump season opener on Tuesday 4th April will signal the start of an exciting 18-fixture programme of racing and special events at the newly-improved course in South Devon. Once again the racecourse will be celebrating summer with a major music concert. Sounds of the Summer, on Sunday 16th July, will feature an amazing array of pop acts including reggae royalty UB40 and special guests All Saints, as well as...

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Dubai: Thunder Snow and Beautiful Romance head Godolphin G2 contenders for Dubai World Cup Night

Thunder Snow and Beautiful Romance bid for further success at Meydan, UAE, in two of the G2 highlights on Dubai World Cup Night, Saturday 25th March. Both Saeed bin Suroor-trained horses have won at the course this year, with Thunder Snow (Christophe Soumillon) attempting a Classic double in the nine and a half-furlong UAE Derby (17.25hrs local time) after an easy victory on his dirt and seasonal debut in the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas over a mile on 11th February. The Helmet colt was one of Europe’s top two-year-olds last year, ending a progressive turf campaign with a five-length...

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Moonrise Landing ready for Saturday comeback at Lingfield Park

All-Weather champion Moonrise Landing is set to return this weekend in the £19,000 Betway Conditions Race over two miles on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday 25th March. Moonrise Landing (Ralph Beckett) was unbeaten in three starts during the 2015/16 All-Weather Championships, culminating with a swooping victory over Anglophile in the £150,000 All-Weather Marathon on Good Friday. The Peter Savill-owned six-year-old made her mark on turf with a narrow success over subsequent G1 scorer Quest For More in the Listed Grand Cup at York in May before missing the rest of the campaign with an injury. Trainer Ralph Beckett said today:...

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Harrington confirms Sizing John will join star cast of Cheltenham winners at next month’s Punchestown Festival

Punchestown Festival: Trainer Jessica Harrington has revealed that Friday’s brilliant Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John will have one more start this season in the €250,000 G1 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday 26th April. The seven-year-old scored in fantastic style at Cheltenham and Harrington is delighted that he will round off his campaign at her local course. Harrington commented: “Sizing John has come out of his Cheltenham race very well and we were obviously thrilled with how everything went. So we have decided that our next step is to go to the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup at the end of...

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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Mullins is six up thanks to Penhill

Willie Mullins scored a sixth winner of The Festival 2017, going to the top of the trainers’ table, when Penhill (pictured above) beat Monalee by three and a half lengths at odds of 16/1. It was a second success of the day for jockey Paul Townend and a 356/1 double for him and Mullins on the day. Mullins commented: “It isn’t a race that has been lucky for us in the past. Penhill has class. We were trying to win with him over two miles and he just couldn’t handle the pace of top-class racing over two miles, so...

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