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19-02-2024 12:09:18 in General by Peter McNeile
Ben Pauling enjoyed a vintage weekend with a sparkling treble on Saturday at Ascot, and failed by just a head from making it a four-timer. Together with rider Ben Jones, they took the first two races with Pic Roc and Henry's Friend before narrowly missing out in the 2m3f handicap hurdle. The winning streak continued in the longer 2m 7f handicap toward the end of the afternoon where Honor Grey kep...

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12-02-2024 09:43:42 in General by Peter McNeile
Whilst large swathes of the country have been under water during this wettest of winters, one stable has been going the extra yard to find winners, and it hails from deepest Cotswold country.  Although fixtures in the West Mercian area have yet to take place (Knightwick's rearranged February fixture from November fell prey to the Teme bursting its banks last week), there's been action in the...

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08-02-2024 11:55:04 in General by Peter McNeile
Eagle-eyed followers of Point-to-Point racing may have identified a key clue in pursuit of the winner of the St James's Place Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival in the gloaming of an otherwise unremarkable day at Wetherby last week.  Hunter chases no longer fill the way they used to and often produce small fields where the more companionable atmosphere of the Point-to-Point scene draws mor...

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05-02-2024 13:02:57 in General by Peter McNeile
West Country point-to-point rider, Keagan Kirkby, 25, has died following a fall at Charing point-to-point in Kent yesterday. His horse, trained locally by Hannah Grissell, ran out through the wing of a fence on the second circuit of the final race. The on course Medical Team attended immediately and despite additional support from a 999 Helicopter Emergency Services Crew, he could not be saved.&n...

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26-01-2024 16:21:15 in General by Jake Exelby
Organisers of the Heythrop point-to-point – sponsored by Red Savannah – at Cocklebarrow on Sunday 21st January were rewarded for their enterprise in putting on a number of attractions alongside the racing with a huge crowd – including such luminaries as Alexander Armstrong, Giles Coren, and Foreign Minister David Cameron – braving the cold January weather. Al...

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12-01-2024 13:53:09 in General by Peter McNeile
Days when you ride or train a treble are few and far between, sometimes never, among racing folk, so small wonder Jonjo O'Neill and Ritchie McLernon were all smiles after Catterick yesterday, when the pair scored in consecutive races in a busy 80 minutes.  As a rider, Jonjo was a frequent visitor here, not least as he was a northern-based rider. And before he moved to Jackdaws Castle, his ba...

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04-01-2024 13:26:29 in General by Peter McNeile
Top National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson believes former point-to-point winner Jeriko Du Reponet could become one of the top steeplechasers in the United Kingdom. After recording an eye-catching victory at Kirkistown in March 2023, the horse was subsequently purchased by leading Irish owner JP McManus. He made his debut under Rules at Newbury in December, and had little difficulty pulling clear ...

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26-12-2023 22:00:39 in General by Peter McNeile
It was Sandy Lyle who famously said, The harder I practice, the luckier I get", in response to a questioner's application of luck to a major tournament win. The same epithet could be attached to the latest Gloucestershire winner of a Grade I jumps contest after 6 year old Crambo put himself bang in contention for an open renewal of the Stayers Hurdle at the Festival with a hard-fought win over old...

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26-12-2023 21:29:21 in General by Kirsty Beautflower
The final meeting of the current calendar year in the Wessex area takes place at Larkhill on 31st December when the Larkhill Racing Club holds their meeting. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy an afternoon on Salisbury Plain after all of the festivities have been completed and before the New Year is heralded in. The course is in good condition with the current going report being good and good...

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22-12-2023 18:34:50 in General by Andrew King
Racegoers are in for a mid-Festive treat at Chaddesley Corbett's Harkaway Club meeting next Thursday December 28th when Britain's number one hunter chaser, Premier Magic, is scheduled to make his seasonal bow.   Bradley Gibbs' stable star is set to line up for the Men's Open on the seven-race card as he takes his first step towards a return to the Cheltenham Festival next March where he wil...

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