12-02-2024 10:57:40 in General by Peter McNeile
The recent withdrawal of Milton Harris' training licence has blown a hole in one of Wiltshire's most successful yards, but it says more about changing employment practices than about Harris' ability to train horses. One might say that's the easy part.  Harris has been stood down on the basis of not being "a fit and proper person" after breaching licence conditions on being a company dir...

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12-02-2024 09:12:53 in General by Peter McNeile
Big race pickings have been a little light at Barbury Castle this winter, although 30 winners have still accumulated well over £1/2m in prize money for the likeable Alan King. Like many trainers, he has been susceptible to the concentration of wealth in the foremost stables that chases down the best bred stock at the sales. So the small field that presented itself at Newbury for the Game Sp...

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08-02-2024 11:53:22 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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08-02-2024 11:36:34 in General by Kirsty Beautflower
The news about the fatal accident that Keagan Kirkby suffered at Charing came after racegoers had left Larkhill but the loss of a genuinely popular young man will be felt across the whole point to point community. A real enthusiast with a strong love of horses, he achieved one of his ambitions when securing his first riding victory aboard the fragile Ask for Glory at Dunsmore in Novemb...

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05-02-2024 13:01:54 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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02-02-2024 11:36:22 in General by Kirsty Beautflower
One of the most historic point to point races in the calendar , the Coronation Gold Cup Mixed Open takes place at Larkhill this coming Sunday and although no longer featuring divisions of the race in previous decades, it is still a race that owners, trainers and riders want to win and this year is no exception. The course is in undamaged shape after last Saturday’s meeting and the bottom b...

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26-01-2024 16:22:19 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 former Prime Minister David Cameron – braving the cold January weathe...

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15-01-2024 09:36:09 in General by Peter McNeile
Warwick's Classic Chase has come on a long way since the days of the Brooke Bond Oxo Warwick National, a 4m slog in mid-winter mud won by out and out stayers 40 years ago.  Shortened in distance, and now with the benefit of Premier Racing financing behind it, the race has allowed Warwick to showcase why those five fences in the back straight are as good a preparation for Grade I company as a...

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08-01-2024 18:54:20 in General by Peter McNeile
There are jockeys, and then there are horsemen. There's not always a clear distinction between them.  Horsemen command an excellent seat on a horse, and have a rounded talent when it comes to the thoroughbred, or for that matter any other breed. Their overall ability masks the occasional deficit in ability in one aspect of their riding; perhaps in the finish. One might have described John Fr...

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26-12-2023 22:13:38 in General by Peter McNeile
This is rapidly looking like a breakthrough season for Wroughton handler Robbie Llewellyn, who saddled his first winner at a Grade I fixture on Saturday when Top Cloud won a novices handicap hurdle on the Long Walk card. On the face of it, this head victory off a low weight in a race that wouldn't raise the blood pressure of Ascot's clerk, Chris Stickels, appears unremarkable. Yet for yards of th...

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22-12-2023 18:39:42 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 will defend ...

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22-12-2023 18:37:23 in General by Russell Smith
Christmas came early for the bookies at Chaddesley Corbett's first meeting of the new pointing term with just one favourite obliging on the seven race card. On a grey afternoon when the rain refused to go away and the mud kept getting deeper, the scene was set for a few upsets and so it proved with punters left reeling as many of the fancied horses simply failed to act on the prevailing conditions...

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05-12-2023 19:10:14 in General by Andrew King
Christmas came early for the bookies at Chaddesley Corbett's first meeting of the new pointing term with just one favourite obliging on the seven race card. On a grey afternoon when the rain refused to go away and the mud kept getting deeper, the scene was set for a few upsets and so it proved with punters left reeling as many of the fancied horses simply failed to act on the prevailing conditions...

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23-11-2023 16:53:44 in General by Peter McNeile
The first of the scheduled seven meetings planned for Larkhill this season takes place on Sunday when the Hursley Hambledon holds their annual fixture. Larkhill is able to absorb all of the rain which has fallen in recent weeks and the current going report is good. There are six scheduled races commencing at 12 noon and a total of 62 horses have been entered.   The meeting open...

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20-11-2023 11:25:15 in General by Peter McNeile
Edwardstone was one of just two runners sent to Cheltenham's valuable November fixture from Barbury, a reflection of the quality needed to compete at Racing's top table nowadays. Sadly, he was no match for an awesomely impressive Jonbon in the Shloer Chase. He will reappear in the Tingle Creek in early December. Nevertheless, the sport is not merely about Cheltenham. Saturday featured fixtures at...

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30-10-2023 18:41:49 in General by Peter McNeile
Emma Lavelle's march through October has continued unrelentingly, with the Ogbourne Maizey trainer notching her 10th winner of the month at Huntingdon this afternoon with General Medrano, now two from two over fences following a successful debut at Uttoxeter 3 weeks ago. Of her 22 winners this term, there have been plenty of individual winners; always a sign of good health and strength in depth in...

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05-10-2023 10:40:03 in General by Peter McNeile
October is normally a productive month for the Ogbourne Maizey stable run by Emma Lavelle and partner Barry Fenton. And whilst it's premature to say this month's runners will live up to expectations, two winners from three runners isn't a bad start. We are just one week away from the traditional curtain raiser to the Winter Jumps season, at Chepstow, when a £75,000 Hurdle and £50,000 c...

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03-10-2023 10:04:08 in General by Peter McNeile
The new front-running style of Trueshan, which came to the fore in his scintillating victory at Doncaster at the Leger Meeting, may become his trademark style of running, after another pillar-to-post victory for the popular Barbury stayer in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp over the weekend.  At a meeting where British-trained runners outpointed their Irish rivals, Hollie Doyle made all, and ...

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15-09-2023 16:25:39 in General by Peter McNeile
Back in May, there were question marks over Trueshan following some disappointing (by his standards) performances from the veteran stayer. There was even talk of going hurdling. One wind operation and four months later, the seven year old has proved them wrong with a bullish performance to win the Doncaster Cup and add a further £73,723 to his impressive prize money haul.  Autumn is T...

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03-09-2023 09:33:56 in General by Peter McNeile
It's been a thoroughly international weekend at Craon for the first two days of les Trois Glorieuses, three days of Flat, Jump and trotting races that define the September calendar in les Provinces. English and Irish horses are slowly buy surely finding their way to this special part of France, where the horse is King.  Mayenne, in the west of France, is a region where horses abound, al...

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12-02-2024 10:57:40 in General by Peter McNeile
The recent withdrawal of Milton Harris' training licence has blown a hole in one of Wiltshire's most successful yards, but it says more about changing employment practices than about Harris' ability to train horses. One might say that's the easy part.  Harris has been stood down on the basis of not being "a fit and proper person" after breaching licence conditions on being a company dir...

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12-02-2024 09:12:53 in General by Peter McNeile
Big race pickings have been a little light at Barbury Castle this winter, although 30 winners have still accumulated well over £1/2m in prize money for the likeable Alan King. Like many trainers, he has been susceptible to the concentration of wealth in the foremost stables that chases down the best bred stock at the sales. So the small field that presented itself at Newbury for the Game Sp...

Read more...

08-02-2024 11:53:22 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...

Read more...

08-02-2024 11:36:34 in General by Kirsty Beautflower
The news about the fatal accident that Keagan Kirkby suffered at Charing came after racegoers had left Larkhill but the loss of a genuinely popular young man will be felt across the whole point to point community. A real enthusiast with a strong love of horses, he achieved one of his ambitions when securing his first riding victory aboard the fragile Ask for Glory at Dunsmore in Novemb...

Read more...

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