Echo Brava runs well for Rebecca Woodman after two-year lay off

Echo Brava, who finished second at 22-1 at Kempton Park for trainer Rebecca Woodman
RACEHORSE trainer Rebecca Woodman continued a long family tradition of horse racing successes when she sent out Echo Brava to finish second at 22-1 on the all-weather at Kempton Park yesterday in a highly competitive race.

Following the run Rebecca said: “Today saw me saddle my first runner on the flat as a fully licensed racehorse trainer.”

Well ridden by Liam Keniry, the 11-year-old made smooth headway in the race to secure runner-up spot behind the winner, Mr Zee, sent off at 8-1 trained by Michael Blake and ridden by Marco Ghiani.

Echo Brava had seven wins to his credit on the Flat, and now has notched up three second places over hurdles, and should go on to win over the obstacles.

Based at Parkers Barn Stables, East Lavant, near Chichester, Rebecca comes from a highly successful horse racing family, which has been there since her grandfather, Sydney Woodman, started training. Her father John died in 2014 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , leaving his wife Penny, son James and daughter Rebecca.

Her grandfather, Syd Woodman, had died in 1986 having held a licence for 25 years and was well respected, as a former head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained there after the War.

Following his death, his son, Steve Woodman, eventually took over, sending out runners on the Flat and over jumps. The yard had 20 boxes and Steve said at the time:
“Fifteen or 16 horses is quite enough for us, we have reliable local staff and we use gallops at the bottom of the hill on the Goodwood Estate so the set-up is pretty compact.”

He trained at Parker’s Barn for 15 years with modest success for a group of owners, some of whom had horses with his father, Syd, in the Sixties and Seventies.

At that time, Steve Woodman said: “When dad died in 1986 he had held a licence for 25 years. He had been head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained here after the War. When Ryan moved to Findon dad stayed on with some of his horses and Syd Dale, who also became a successful trainer, was head lad at Findon.”

After Ryan Price closed the East Lavant operation, Syd Woodman was able to buy Parker’s Barn. His two boys, John and Steve, were into ponies in a big way at the time and John eventually became a professional jockey, but Steve, on account of his weight, remained an amateur. John Woodman, Rebecca’s father, sadly died at age of 67 in 2014.

Now Rebecca has made an excellent start in carrying on the family tradition of training racehorses. Echo Brava had seven wins to his credit on the Flat, and now has notched up three second places over hurdles, and should go on to win over the obstacles.

Following his father’s death, his son, Steve Woodman, eventually took over, sending out runners on the Flat and over jumps.

The yard had 20 boxes and Steve said at the time: “Fifteen or 16 horses is quite enough for us, we have reliable local staff and we use gallops at the bottom of the hill on the Goodwood Estate so the set-up is pretty compact.”

Steve went on to train at Parker’s Barn for 15 years with success for a group of owners, some of whom trained with his father in the Sixties and Seventies. Steve was keen to maintain the tradition. He said: “When dad died in 1986 he had held a licence for 25 years.

“He had been head lad to the legendary Captain Ryan Price who trained here after the War. When Ryan moved to Findon dad stayed on with some of his horses and Sid Dale, who also became a successful trainer, was head lad at Findon.”

After Ryan Price closed the East Lavant operation, Syd Woodman was able to buy Parker’s Barn. His two boys, John and Steve, were into ponies in a big way at the time and John eventually became a professional jockey, but Steve, on account of his weight, remained an amateur.

Former jockey and bloodstock agent John Woodman sadly died at age of 67 in 2014.
Now his daughter, Rebecca, has made an excellent start in carrying on the family tradition of training racehorses and there should be a bright future ahead for her.


 
 
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Sad death of racehorse trainer Zoe Davison

Racehorse trainer Zoe Davison died shortly after two of her racehorses, Brown Bullet and Mr Jack had scored an excellent double when both won at Plumpton’s meeting yesterday.

Her stable staff had prepared Brown Bullet and Mr Jack to secure the poignant winning double over jumps. Zoe had continued to train until the end and died aged 60 after a long battle with terminal breast cancer.

Davison's stable was based in Sussex close to Plumpton
Zoe Davison’s stable was based close to Plumpton Photo: PA:Press Association

Zoe Davison had suffered from breast cancer for the past four-and-a-half years, but her daughter recently revealed it had spread.

Assistant trainer and daughter Gemma said that the family were taking it day-by-day. And just two hours after the second leg of an emotional double for the team at Plumpton , Zoe died in hospital.

Brown Bullet ridden by James Best secured the first win, with stablemate Mr Jack winning later on the card to create a memorable double.

Gemma, and Zoe’s husband Andrew Irvine, had run the stables and looked after the horses while Zoe was in hospital. Zoe was a former amateur rider turned trainer, and had sent out more than 100 winners during her career- most of them at Plumpton, where she will be sadly missed.

Plumpton racing today is televised

Sunday’s card looks a cracker and let’s hope the feature race is as good as last year’s renewal where a masterful ride from Harry Cobden brought home Christmas in April for Colin Tizzard and the Swallowfield Racing Team to win the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National.

Competitive racing at Plumpton behind closed doors Photo: Jeannie Knight

Unfortunately racing is behind closed doors with no public there to see the racing live, but Sky Sports Racing will have a good team there. Tune in on channel 415 or through your betting apps where you can also watch the racing without having a bet nowadays.
 
The racecard for today with all the runners and riders, includes the last of Plumpton’s Bonus Races this season. The prize is £40k if the horse wins today and then goes on to win a steeplechase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
 
Race previews by the Tote are a useful guide to the days punting and/or placepots if you did want to have a flutter! Click on url4107.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/ls/click

Hickstead’s ‘Royal’ appearance

  Equestrian fans might have spotted one of sport’s most iconic venues on screen this week, with the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead appearing on the hit Netflix series, The Crown.

Hickstead was used as the filming location for scenes for another famous equestrian event – Badminton Horse Trials. Erin Doherty, the actress playing The Princess Royal, is seen competing in the showjumping phase at the 1979 event, where she finished sixth.

The huge Longines International Arena with its permanent grandstands and multitude of showjumps at Hickstead made a convincing backdrop, with cheering crowds added through computer graphics. Princess Anne is seen jumping a clear round over a sizable course of jumps that included some of Hickstead’s famous fences, such as the Al Shira’aa Derby wall.

In the scene, the characters of The Queen and Prince Philip, played by Olivia Coleman and Tobias Menzies, are seen in the Master’s Box, cheering their daughter on. They are also joined by the character of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is later depicted having one of his early meetings with the young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) when queuing to leave the event.

“I’m a huge fan of The Crown so we were more than happy for part of the new series to be filmed here,” says Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “It was quite a production, taking several weeks to set-up and four full days of filming. Quite a few members of the Hickstead team were involved in filming the scenes too, playing roles such as the gate steward and the official waving a flag at the finish. They all had to go to Elstree to be fitted out with costumes from the era, which was great fun.”

The rider who did the actual jumping in the action shots was Amy Inglis, who is a regular competitor at Hickstead and was a member of the British Nations Cup team there in 2019.

The Crown may have used some artistic licence when it came to creating the ‘Badminton’ scenes, but Princess Anne did actually compete at Hickstead, most notably winning the combined training in 1973 on her famous horse Doublet. The Princess Royal has also visited the showground on a number of occasions in an official capacity, while Her Majesty The Queen is the official patron of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.

 
About Hickstead
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex was founded in 1960 by Douglas Bunn, who had dreamed of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent. The showground has been the venue for several World and European Showjumping Championships over the years, and now hosts two major international shows annually – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show – as well as a national show in September known as the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

Premier League dressage for Hickstead in May 2021

Premier League Dressage comes to Hickstead in May 2021
Photo: c) Julian Portch.com

A NEW chapter for the sport of dressage at Hickstead will begin in May 2021 when the All England Jumping Course is set to host a Premier League Dressage Show .

The three-day fixture (21-23 May) will include classes from Advanced Medium to Grand Prix, with entries expected from a number of British Dressage’s leading riders.

Dressage fans had previously expressed huge disappointment when it was announced that Dressage at Hickstead – the sister site to the All England Jumping Course – was to close after 27 successful years.

Dressage at Hickstead had been the brainchild of rider Dane Rawlins and Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and it quickly became established as one of the leading dressage venues in the world, with the European Championships taking place there in 2003. It was also the chosen venue for an annual CDIO competition, which included the British leg of the FEI Dressage Nations Cup series.
Pictured below: Dane Rawlins riding Sidney owned by Lady Harris
Dane made the difficult decision to close Dressage at Hickstead in August, and the site has since been dismantled.

“We are immensely grateful to Dane for his many years of hard work and dedication to Dressage at Hickstead,” said Lizzie Bunn, Director of Hickstead.

“We understand that many riders were saddened to lose the venue, and while it was unsustainable to keep running the dressage side as a separate entity, we have been working hard this season to formulate plans to hold dressage competitions within the main Hickstead site.”

This has been made possible due to recent investments into the Hickstead showground, with more than £500,000 spent on making several existing grass rings into two vast all-weather arenas, with top of the range Andrews Bowen surfaces.

During the winter months, these arenas are used for cross-country and showjumping schooling courses, but at the beginning of the 2021 summer season they will be transformed to create a Premier League dressage venue with a number of arenas running concurrently as well as an international sized warm-up arena.

“We want to test the water with our first Premier League show, to gauge the initial levels of support and interest – with a view of going on to potentially bigger events,” Lizzie added. “We are currently discussing a number of other options, including hosting existing finals here, plus hopefully an international competition in 2022. But this very much depends on the entire dressage community getting behind this new venture and making it a success.”

Dressage has hit new levels of popularity in the past decade, with British riders Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and their team-mates winning multiple championship medals – most memorably claiming team and individual gold at London 2012.

When informed that dressage would be continuing at Hickstead, a venue he has had so much success at, Carl Hester said: “This is fabulous news and most welcome. We need to keep up the momentum and build our future teams, and venues with world class facilities like Hickstead are key to that. Experienced riders use Premier Leagues to bring our younger horses on, while these events also give up-and-coming combinations a chance to taste the big occasion. On behalf of the riders and owners, I’d like to thank the Bunn family for providing this opportunity, and for continuing the next chapter of Hickstead which will follow on from all that Dane and his team achieved.”

Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive of British Dressage, added: “After 27 magnificent years of Dressage at Hickstead under Dane Rawlins, it was of course incredibly disappointing when it was announced in August that he was unable to continue. 

“We subsequently had really positive and constructive discussions with the Bunn family and British Dressage is delighted that the sport will be able to continue enjoying a presence at the venue in 2021 and beyond. Hickstead remains a special and prestigious venue for our members and we look forward to next year’s Premier League fixture, which will hopefully be a stepping-stone to the return of more shows in future years, including international competition.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dane and his team for their immense contribution to the sport – and to Edward and Lizzie Bunn for being so supportive of our efforts to retain dressage at Hickstead.”

Hickstead was the first purpose-built showjumping venue in Great Britain, and it now hosts two major international fixtures each year – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting in June, and July’s Longines Royal International Horse Show.

This year the showground reached its 60th birthday milestone, having first opened in 1960. “My father Douglas will always be remembered most for his passion for showjumping, but he was also an innovator and advocate of all equestrian sport, and he knew that for Hickstead to be successful it had to diversify and cater to other disciplines as well,” said Lizzie. “Dressage classes have been held here at the showground since the 1970s, eventually leading to the opening of Dressage at Hickstead in 1993. I’m pleased that we can carry on Dad’s legacy – and that of Dane – by continuing to showcase the sport of dressage here in West Sussex.”

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex was founded in 1960 by Douglas Bunn, who had dreamed of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent. The showground has been the venue for several World and European Showjumping Championships over the years, and now hosts two major international shows annually – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show – as well as a national show in September known as the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships. 

Crowds to return to Plumpton Racecourse

PLUMPTON Racecourse has issued an announcement following the Government’s decision on November 23, that racegoers can return to Plumpton race meetings,


Plumpton Racourse issued an announcement to members today saying:”We hope you are well and excited by the news yesterday of the return of crowds to sports stadiums – we certainly are!

“It certainly feels like some light at the end of the tunnel and so we will do all we can to get people back safely and quickly, with members at the top of the list.

“As yet, we have not seen the finer details of what the return will entail in terms of rules and procedures, and the racecourse will have to operate differently to normal as there are sure to be guidelines we have to adhere to and a limit on attendance.

“We will of course be in touch as soon as possible with regards to the site plan and what will be required to attend.”

“On that note, we also understand if people do not want to attend just yet and may choose to wait until a vaccine is available or just until they feel more comfortable.

“If you did not want to return immediately on December 7 or until 2021, please do let us know and we can certainly roll this on for you. We really appreciate your support throughout the crisis and we’ll make sure we get you back as soon as possible, but also when you are ready too as well.”

Pyecombe Horse Show dates for 2021

ONE of the most popular horse show venues on the Sussex equestrian calendar is Brendon at Pyecombe, which caters for all levels of riders in a top class series of shows each season.

The year 2021 will be no exception- with show dates released for a four-day Spring Show in April, from Thursday April 22 to Sunday April 25- followed by a Round Show on May 2, and a Young Horse Show from Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4.

A Championship and Derby Show follows from Thursday August 5 to Sunday August 8. One day shows and Junior shows will run from February to October 2021. For more details see below or contact www.brendonpyecombe.co.uk

Impressive arena facilities at Brendon

Plumpton features racing behind closed doors today

Another week in lockdown, another behind closed doors raceday to run, which Plumpton racecourse hopes enthusiasts can you can all enjoy from afar.

Plenty of competitive action as always at Plumpton

This popular track had 40mm of rain overnight and a precautionary 8am inspection went ahead with the going unsurprisingly heavy, soft in places and racing goes ahead today with the first race at 12.45pm, all live on @SkySportsRacing

With regards to the day itself, Plumpton Racecourse reminds everyone you can watch on your app’s and/or Sky Channel 415 and attached is the racecard as a PDF or an online link .

In the meantime keep safe, keep well and Plumpton will keep you updated on any developments about the return of crowds as soon as possible.

Runners and form for the first four races on Monday November 16 2020 are below.s.

Race 1 12.45 2½m114y Happy 27th Birthday Alex Hinds Novices’ Hurdle (4)
1 Soldiers Hill (IRE) 5 11-5 127 :b.g Mustameet (USA) – Hot Oscar (IRE)- trainer Olly Murphy, jockey Aidan Coleman Form: 448-6186P cheekpieces and tongue strap.
2 Bit of A Legend 6 10-12 – b.g Midnight Legend – Kitty Wong (IRE) trainer Cynthia Woods , jockey Max Kendrick (3).
3 Greenrock Abbey (IRE) 4 10-12 – ch.g El Salvador (IRE) – Aos Dana (IRE) trainer Alan King, jockeyTom Bellamy. 4 Iconic Flight 5 10-12 – b.g Sixties Icon – Sabreflight trainer Linda Jewell, jockey Dave Crosse. 5 Le Fou Royal (FR) 9 10-12 – b.g Le Fou (IRE) – Kalon Ced’a (FR)- trainer Chris Gordon , jockey, David Noonan Form: 8/5 tongue strap.
6 Pride of Pemberley (IRE) 8 10-12 – ch.g Flemensfirth (USA) – On Galley Head (IRE)
trainer Nigel Dunger, jockey Rex Dingle (3), Form: 8,
7 Bunny Boru 6 10-5 – b.m Brian Boru – Home By Midnight: tongue strap
8 Glencoum Lass (IRE) 6 10-5 – b.m Court Cave (IRE) – Clare Belle (IRE) trainer,
Toby Lawes, jockey Tom O’Brien Form: P-8
9 Old Times (IRE) 5 10-5 – b.m Doyen (IRE) – La Belle Bleu (IRE)
Trainer Toby Lawes, jockey Brendan Powell
Form: 0.
Race 2 1.20 2m3f164y
“Betting.Bet” Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3)
1 Black Kalanisi (IRE) 7 11-8 127 b.g Kalanisi (IRE) – Blackthorne Winter (IRE)
Joseph Tuite Daryl Jacob,Form: 2112/5-U3;
2 Smith’s Bay 7 11-4 123 b.g Midnight Legend – Takotna (IRE) \trainer Alan King, jockey Tom Bellamy, Form: 65/1227-
3 Francky Du Berlais (FR) 7 11-3 122, b.g Saint Des Saints (FR) – Legende Du Luy (FR)
Trainer Peter Bowen, Jockey Sean Bowen Form: 435327-12 tongue strap
4 Elisezmoi (FR) 6 10-6 111gr.g Lord Du Sud (FR) – Diva De La Borie (FR)
Trainer Gary Moore ,Jockey Jamie Moore
Form: 2510U/2PRace 3 1.50 1m7f195y
Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Selling Handicap Hurdle
1 Jumping Jack (IRE) 6 12-2 102, b.g Sir Prancealot (IRE) – She’s A Character
Paddy Butler, Miss Harriet Tucker (7) Form: U22174/6-0; 2,fficer Drivel (IRE) 9 11-12 98 b.g Captain Rio – Spiritville (IRE) Trainer Suzi Best Jockey Daryl Jacob Form: 826
3 Clearly Capable (IRE) 11 11-9 95, b.g Bienamado (USA) – Spout Road (IRE) Trainer Tony Carroll, jockey Lee Edwards Form: 233144-6;4 Honorable (FR) 5 11-2 88, b.g Lawman (FR) – Petite Noblesse (FR), trainer Gary Moore, jockey, Jamie Moore. Form: 750/40-706 visor.5 River Dart (IRE) 8 11-1 87, ch.g Dutch Art – Sky Galaxy (USA) Tony Carroll Max Kendrick (3)Form: P/83-96 cheekpieces; 6 Sandycove Island (IRE) 10 10-13 85
b.g Lahib (USA) – Twilight Breeze (IRE)Phil York Mr Philip York (3). Form: 7865P5/30-7 Flanagans Field (IRE) 12 10-11 83b.g Araafa (IRE) – Zvezda (USA),Bernard Llewellyn Jordan Williams (7);Form: 2073314-4 blinkers.
8 Her Dream (IRE) 8 10-6 78, b.m Yeats (IRE) – High Benefit (IRE), trainer Olly Murphy, jockey Mr Luke Scott (7) Form: 0P/9 tongue strap. 9 Shadow’s Girl 8 10-5 77 gr.m Fair Mix (IRE) – Special Beat Trainer Bernard Llewellyn, jockey Charlie Price (5) Form: 15726-457 cheekpieces. 10 Wahwonaisa 8 10-5 77 b.g Kalanisi (IRE) – Clandestine
David Bridgwater Brendan Powell, Form: 36/96 blinkers. 11 Devious Dicks Dame 5 10-2 74
b.m Dick Turpin (IRE) – Bridal White Trainer Zoe Davison, jockey James Davies.
Form: 99P4/08P-8 hood; 12 Annieareyouok 5 10-1 73 br.m Passing Glance – Ellerslie Jackie
Max Young Jason Dixon (7) Form: P40; 13 Chance It (IRE) 10 10-1 73, b.g Tajraasi (USA) – Lafanta (IRE); trainer Johnny Farrelly, jockey Alain Cawley. Form: 41U0-3544 visor and tongue strap.
Race 4 2.20 2m214y Stonegate Homes 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Handicap Chase 1 Le Coeur Net (FR) 8 11-9 115 ch.g Network (GER) – Silverwood (FR)
Trainer Anthony Honeyball, jockey Ben Godfrey (7) Form: 52/3221UP- cheekpieces and tongue strap’ 2 Wenceslaus (GER) 8 11-8 114 b.g Tiger Hill (IRE) – Warrior Czarina (USA)
Trainer David Bridgwater, jockey Brendan Powell Form: 312114-26 cheekpieces;
3 Court Duty (IRE) 8 11-8 114 b.g Court Cave (IRE) – Easter Duties (IRE), trainer, John Flint Jockey Richard Johnson. Form: 11F3-0561 tongue strap. 4 Darling Alko (FR) 7 11-6 112
b.g Al Namix (FR) – Padalko Tatou (FR), Trainer Toby Bulgin, jockey Max Kendrick (3lb claimer).Form: 08/474123-5. 8, Bad Boy Du Pouldu (FR) 9 11-4 110 b.g Loup Solitaire (USA) – Wild Flush (USA) Trainer Gary Moore, jockey Niall Houlihan (7) Form: 8U4-212 tongue strap. 6 Robin Des Mana (IRE) 9 11-0 106 br.g Robin Des Pres (FR) – Kokopelli Mana (IRE) Trainer Phil York, rider Mr Philip York (3)
Form: 6665154-6

Jump Racing was back at Fontwell Park yesterday behind closed doors

It was good to have jump racing back at Fontwell Park yesterday, opening with a competitive Novices Hurdle over two miles one furlong,albeit behind closed doors.

The race was won by trainer Colin Tizzard, who sent out French-bred Furkash at 11-2 to win the race under a good ride from jockey Jonjo O’Neill Junior. This horse ran well, and held off a challenge for the lead two out, taking over with a well-time challenge aat the last to beat Lord Baddesley, 10-11 favourite, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Joahua Moore.

Trainer Linda Jewell gained third place with Iconic Flight, ridden by Dave Crosse at 400-1. Favourite Lord Accord, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Brendan Powell came to grief at the 4th, when blundering and unseating his rider.

There was a popular local victory in the John Rogerson Memorial Novices Handicap Chase over two miles five furlongs when 10-3 shot Mister Murchan scored a good win for local trainer Richard Rowe, who is based at Sullington. Brendan Powell Jr gave the horse an excellent ride.

Highly competitive jump racing at Fontwell Park Phoro: Jeannie Knight