Author: Sarah Elsley

Grand National 2017: Defi definitely first among juveniles

Defi Du Seuil maintained his unbeaten run over hurdles when landing the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle. He was almost certain to be ranked the top four-year-old hurdler in training before the race, but his game win ended any speculation – ridden by Barry Geraghty in the colours of JP McManus, Defi Du Seuil won by one and a quarter lengths and four and a half lengths from Divin Bere and Bedrock, convincingly enough, if not with the sparkle of some of his victories. The winner, who had landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on his...

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Thunder Snow leads 10 exciting second entries for the 2017 Investec Derby

Group One winner Thunder Snow features among 10 exciting second entries revealed for this year’s premier Classic, the £1.5 million Investec Derby, which has the richest prize money ever offered in Britain. This brings the number of three-year-olds going forward for glory in the Investec Derby to 136. The most famous of all Flat races is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs, with a maximum field of 20 runners, on Saturday 3rd June, the second and final day of the Investec Derby Festival The Godolphin-owned son of Helmet stormed to an impressive five-length success in the Criterium International over seven...

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Grand National 2017: Bradley Lowery to line up in Randox Health Grand National

Organisers of Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National have taken the unprecedented step of awarding an honorary 41st place in the world’s most famous steeplechase to five-year-old Neuroblastoma campaigner, Bradley Lowery. Jockey Club Racecourses has created the honorary berth and even his own set of colours – on paper in the racecard – to support Bradley’s campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight the rare form of cancer. He was first diagnosed with it aged 18-months, beat it after two years and went into remission, before sadly the disease returned in July 2016. In the racecard, Bradley’s red and white...

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Monet’s Garden in bloom for Retraining of Racehorses Parade at Aintree

Monet’s Garden (pictured), the 19-year-old Aintree favourite and 2016 winner of Retraining of Racehorses’ (RoR) Horse of the Year, heads the line-up for the RoR Parade at the Randox Health Grand National Festival. The parade also features fellow Grade One winners Denman, Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross, as well as the popular and now reformed character, Mad Moose. The RoR Parade, generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, has a new slot this year, taking place before racing on the second day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, Friday 7th April at around 12.40pm in...

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Newbury Racecourse scoops top industry accolade for customer service for second consecutive year

Newbury Racecourse has repeated its success of last year by once again becoming the recipient of a top industry award for staff customer service. The RCA Excellence Accolades, awarded jointly by the Racecourse Association and VisitEngland, aim to reward those who achieve exceptionally high marks in specific areas of their assessment for the Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme. There are six categories in total covering all aspects of the racecourse experience including food and drink outlets, toilets and signage. Newbury was the only racecourse in the UK to receive the RCA Excellence Accolade for staff customer service last year and...

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