Hughes has good chance to overtake Moore in title race

Richard Hughes, just two behind Ryan Moore in the title race for Champion Flat Jockey yesterday morning, had seven rides at Bath but came away without a winner for his efforts.

However he seems certain to overtake his rival, who again has no rides today, while the current champion has four booked mounts at Wolverhampton.


Current Champion Jockey Richard Hughes


Then on October 1, Richard Hughes has five certain rides at Salisbury in the afternoon, followed by four booking at Kempton later, while his adversary is at Newcastle with three booked rides at that track.

Ryan Moore, who has been Champion Flat Jockey three times in the past, could be running out of time to regain the title from last year’s winner Richard Hughes. He is likely to have his last ride in Britain on October 22,  with 17 days to go before the season ends on November 9.

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

Although his plans are not yet set in stone, he is likely to follow pretty much the same pattern as last year and may ride in the Cox Plate in Australia  on October 25- that would mean his last ride in Britain would be on October 22, for he would go from there   to Santa Anita for the Breeders Cup, then back to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. Then his schedule would take him to Japan, returning to Britain in time for Christmas.




Club’s hunter trials were well subscribed

Goring and District Riding Club, near to Worthing in West Sussex, held  a well-supported Hunter Trials this month, which attracted an excellent entry, despite other competing events in the area.
By offering different classes, competitors were not torn between different venues and the Goring competition was well supported.It catered for novice horses and riders and also for the younger competitors, enabling them to have a go in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.
As well as usual obstacles, something new and popular was a sunken road feature and next year the intention is to continue to improve obstacles and introduce new ones. The club has thanked the many helpers and the army of workers from Rodd Brickworks, which helped clear the site afterwards, leaving it in pristine condition.
Kerry Stafford riding Jay negotiating one of the obstacles Photo: Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Kerry Stafford riding Jay negotiating one of the obstacles
Photo: Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Results: Class One- 1 Sophie O’Sullivan and  Legally Blonde;2 Rebecca Longhurst and Mister Darcy; 3 Amelia Jarrett  and Charlie; 4 Kelly Whipp and Abraham; 5 Emily Legge and Lennie.
Class 2 Pairs – 1 Baily Gould and Magpie  with Brooke Litchenberg and Clochard Casper; 2 Jodie Moore and Winnie The Pooh with Amerila Bardwell and Jake; 3 Caroline Hannam and Max with Caludia Elton and Poppet; 4 Kerry Stafford and Jay with Vicky Fenton and Just Cob; 5 Ella Murphy and Jim with Cathy Ingham and Jack.
Class 3A Seniors- 1 Marie Baines and Chasing Chance; 2 Tina Cook and Scramble; 3 Leanne Lampard and Summer; 4 Sarah Janman and Rhystyd Preciour; 5 Claire Nicholson and Sydenham Icarus.
Class 3b Juniors- 1 Claudia Elton and Poppet; 2 Jodie Moore and Winnie The Pooh; 3 Archie Hogan and Licky. Pairs- 1 Tabitha Whistler and Finigan with Jade Foster and Duncans Paddy; 2 Liberty Malfie and Roxy with Olivia Watts and Ed; 3 Emma Fearnes and Roxy with Linda Kidby and Lousianna.
Class 5A- 1 Emma Fearnes and Roxy;2 Abbie Ward and Poker Face;Joint 3 Lucinda Adshead and Jimmy;  Kate Van Der Mark and Insabayah; 4 Ellis Bielski and Corky; 5 Abi Britain and Bumble.
Class 5B- 1 Amy Little and Fizz; 2 Liberty Malfy and Roxy; 3 Lorna Thurgood and Breeogue Silver.
Class 6 Pairs- 1 Abi Brittain and Charlie with Nicky Blastland and Bumblle; 2 Olivia Roberton and Rhonegold with Alex Peters and Milo; 3 Charlotte Baxter and Giltowns Princess with Ellie Bielski and Corky; 4 OLivia Watts and AKA Dooley with Laura Matthews and Rock Me Ralph.
Class 7- 1 Amy Little and Fizz; 2 Olivia Watts and AKA Dooley; 3 Amber Blaney and So Solomon; 4 Lauren Gould and Jasper; 5 Georgia Stratten and Mr Magoo.

Second big handicap win for young rider

Jockey  Louis Steward (18), a 5lb claimer who enjoyed wide acclaim for his bold riding feat to win the Ebor on Mutual Regard in August, won another big handicap yesterday in the Cambridgeshire on board Bronze Angel.

The five-year-old, trained by Marcus Tregoning, was the first horse to achieve a Cambridgeshire double since Rambo’s Hall, which had won the race in 1989 and 1992. The young rider rode the 14–1 shot confidently, moving up on the far side to slot in behind the leaders.

Louis Steward Photo Jeannie Knight

He picked the perfect moment to move clear pf Niceofyoutotellme and Velox, which were second in a dead-heat.

The young rider said of Bronze Angel:” He loves a big field and he comes best on quick ground. He travelled well, he just got bumped about a bit. I wanted a nice lead and he ran a very nice race. The Ebor was spectacular but to finish the year off like this is fantastic.

He was praised by trainer Marcus Tregoning who said:  “IHe was very calm, ice cool, which is important because the pressure is on in these big races. It’s a great training performance by the team, and Bronze Angel is a consistent performer, who loves fast ground. The one mile one furlong trip is perfect for him.”

Based with Newmarket trainer Michael Bell, the young rider had made an impressive start this year when winning the Hands and Heels Apprentice Championship in March His home is in Great Yarmouth, but he had been riding from an early age, competing in show jumping and gymkhanas. His mother owned racehorse Jupiter Island, trained by Clive Britain.

But his grandfather, Eric Steward, who has a strong knowledge of racing, has been his biggest influence.Louis started going racing with him when he was 14 and went to the British Racing School in Newmarket when he was 15.







Goodwood Storm continues success of owners’ group

THE Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group, known has GROG  has continued its impressive success rate with a recent win from Goodwood Storm, a three-year-old filly trained at Angmering by William Knight.

Goodwood Storm won the Thomas Prior Memorial Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth by a comfortable four lengths adding, to  four places already to her credit. She had made her debut for her particular owners’ group as a two-year-old.  She is now expected to be aimed at a six furlong handicap at Salisbury on Wednesday October 1.

Gooodwood Storm parading on the gallops for owners Photo: Jeannnie Knight

Gooodwood Storm parading on the gallops for owners
Photo: Jeannnie Knight

The filly had made her debut for the 20th owners’ group last season, and her victory continued a string of successes achieved by previous schemes, all run by Gayle Brown with the aim of bringing affordable racehorse ownership to enthusiasts.

A new horse is bought each year, to run as a juvenile and as a three-year-old, before being sold, with all sale money and prize money divided amongst owners in the group, who pay a one-off membership fee at the outset, which covers all costs.
Two schemes run alongside each other, with a two-year-old and three-year-old, owned by different groups, running each year.  Colt Goodwood Moonlight is this year’s two-year-old, and like all GROG horses is trained by William Knight. He is still maturing, but according to his trainer is progressing well and will not mind some give in the ground. This should leave some options for his debut this autumn.

Goodwood Photo: Jeannie Knight

Goodwood Moonlight
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There have been some outstanding success stories to date, including Goodwood Blizzard, bought for 12,000 Guineas, which won twice, was placed four times, earning £33,498 prizemoney, and was sold for 58,000 Guineas.

But aside from that there are social events, a dedicated information line and newletter and frequent updates.
To join the 2015 group, see

Dame Judi Dench and RDA to star on TV

The cameras rolled and action called as Channel 4 Racing visited East Park Riding for the Disabled Group at Little Brook Equestrian, Lingfield earlier this week to interview patron, Dame Judi Dench, on the progress her beloved ex-racehorse, Smokey Oakey was making in his re-training.

Racing presenter, Nick Luck, was keen to get behind Dame Judi’s interest in the RDA group and her decision last year to donate her horse to the cause.

Nick Luck of Channel 4 Racing interviews Dame Judi Dench.jpg

Nick Luck of Channel 4 Racing interviews Dame Judi Dench Photo:Joanna Sale

After filming her viewing an RDA lesson in progress with children from Queen Elizabeth II School, Horsham, the cameras then followed Dame Judi as she took some of the children to see Smokey Oakey in his stable where she helped them feed him his favourite treat of polo mints.

She was then interviewed by Nick Luck as Smokey Oakey was schooled in the menage on how his re-training was progressing and her involvement in the RDA East Park Group where she regularly supports them in their Open Days and Fundraisers.

Cameras film Dame Judi with Smokey Oakey Photo Joanna Sale

Cameras film Dame Judi with Smokey Oakey and children from Queen Elizabeth II school Horsham
Photo Joanna Sale


“Today was a chance for us to show the breadth and depth of RDA’s work” said Sally Anne O’Neill, Little Brook’s owner and a long serving volunteer and campaigner for the RDA. “We have the little ones who are just at the start of their journey with horses and the wonders of riding. And alongside we have exceptional horses like Smokey Oakey who we are hoping can be retrained to be a top class RDA horse for Para riders in dressage and showjumping”.

Channel 4 Racing is making the feature as part of the Saturday show. Local company, Cowan Architects, provides the regional sponsorship for the RDA.

New grant will help fund new one-day events

More people will be able to take part in the sport of eventing thanks to a £16,000 Hoof Capital Funding Award to British Eventing in the 2014 rounds.The grant will fund a range of equipment to assist in the set-up of new British Eventing (BE) affiliated one day events, as well as provide equipment for BE training opportunities such as the GO BE 80/90 series.

One of the barriers when establishing a new event is the financial implications involved in purchasing the equipment necessary to run an event safely and efficiently. The kits will provide a wide range of essential equipment from scoreboards to fence judging kits to support new venues in increasing the number of opportunities for people to participate in the sport.

Eventing too be more acceessible

Eventing too be more acceessible


The equipment will be available for loan from 2015 at no cost to events that are in their first two years of running.  Chris Farr, Sports Operations Manager for British Eventing commented: “the funding will help us to support venues who wish to establish new BE affiliated one day event and help reduce the large financial outlay required when setting up these events. In addition, the grant will help to provide a wide range of essential equipment to support some of our training and educational initiatives and existing one day events.”

Thanks to Sport England funding, Hoof Capital Funding awards provide £1 for £1 match funding for projects that show clear and measureable targets for increasing participation in equestrian sport in England. Alex Copeland, Head of Sports Development at the BEF, wants the awards to help create a comprehensive sporting landscape making it easier for those who wish try out a new discipline to have a go:

“The BEF is working to encourage more people to participate in equestrian sport on a regular basis. The continued growth of GO BE (80) has enabled many more riders to increase the regularity of their participation as well as their engagement with entry level competition.  We are working closely with all Member Bodies of the Federation to ensure people have the opportunities and appropriate support to continue to develop in order to reach their full potential no matter the standard of horse or rider,” it said in a statement.

To find out more about British Eventing and how to get started please visit  www.british eventing .com or contact 02476 698856.


Oustanding racehorse Kingman retired to stud

Kingman, the horse which John Gosden rates as the best he has ever trained, has been retired to stud after treatment for a throat problem means he will miss his autumn targets, including British Champions Day at Royal Ascot next month.

This outstanding three-year-old, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, had won four Group One races and crowds flocked to see him run at top class fixtures this year. His seven victories included Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He was extremely unlucky not to win the English 2,000 Guineas this year, where he was only narrowly beaten.

Kingman with john Gisden and jockey James Doyle at Glorious Goodwood this year after winning the Sussex Stakes  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Kingman with john Gisden and jockey James Doyle at Glorious Goodwood this year after winning the Sussex Stakes Photo: Jeannie Knight

A tremendous crowd turned out to see him trounce Toronado in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this year, with his usual partner James Doyle in the saddle. James had partnered him in all his races, bar his initial racecourse debut when Ryan Moore rode him.

John Gosden, announcing the horse’s retirement said the colt had a great mind as well as a turbo charge that no other horse he has trained had possessed.  By Group One winner Invincible Spirit Kingman’s talent was obvious on his racecourse debut when he won as a juvenile at Newmarket by an easy six lengths.

He went on to run, what has now become his last race of his career, at Deauville, where he won the Pri Jacques le Marois in familiar impressive style, trouncing Anodin.

His premature retirement, with more than £970,000 prize money to his credit prevents him running in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes next month, where he would have met Night of Thunder – an encounter where he would undoubtedly have thrilled the crowds again with an impressive victory.

He will go to his owner’s stud at Banstead and stand alongside the remarkable Frankel, where hopefully he will pass on his talent to some remarkable offspring.

Britain’s Young Rider eventing team wins bronze and Holly gets silver

After a fantastic week of competition at the FEI 2014 Young Rider European Eventing Championships, the Askham Bryan College sponsored GB team clinched the bronze medal while Holly Woodhead partnered Mr Ian Woodhead and Mrs Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison into individual silver.

Individual silver winner Holly Woodhead with  Mr Ian Woodhead and Mrs Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison Photo: Alex Colquhoun

Individual silver winner Holly Woodhead with Mr Ian Woodhead and Mrs Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison Photo: Alex Colquhoun

The final day of competition was a nail biting one, with a tough show jumping course meaning that clear rounds were few and far between. In total there were just 13.

Sophie Beaty was first in for Britain, riding her own and Mrs Alison Booth’s Stanly as an individual. She lowered the second part of the double at 10 to finish in 33rd place.There was very little between Alex Liddle (riding Romeo Z owned by Mr John Huntridge) and Isabella Innes Ker (riding Rosses Captain owned by the Duchess of Roxburghe) who both jumped text book rounds. By close of play they had moved up four places apiece to finish in 21st and 22nd places on scores of 84.9 for Bella and 86.2 for Alex.

British team celebrating Photo: Alex Colquhoun

British team celebrating
Photo: Alex Colquhoun

After the disappointment of cross country day, David Doel rode his own and Mrs Jane James’ Miss Caruso well to add just four penalties to their score when the first part of the double at fence 5 fell. He finished two places above the girls, in 19th.

Tom Jackson and Waltham Fiddlers Find (owned Mrs Sara and Mr Ian Jackson and Mr Tom Jackson) made it a double clear for their Championships, leaving all the coloured poles in their cups. This moved him four places up the leader board, from 11th to 7th on a score of 56.9.

The pressure was really on for Holly Woodhead. Lying in the silver medal position, a single rail down would have pushed her and DHI Lupison off the podium, both Elizabeth Hayden and Harold Megahey for Ireland having jumped clear.

Holly held her nerve beautifully, and her position, individual silver medallist. It was very nearly a gold; German individual rider Charlotte Hackmeister had two fences in hand, and she used them both, winning the title by just two penalties.

As the medals were presented, Alex Colquhoun, chairman of the Askham Bryan Young Rider selectors said: “After yesterday’s disappointments [in the cross country phase], I am so thrilled for all the riders. They lowered just two poles between them during some fantastic show jumping. It has been a roller coaster of a week, and in the end team bronze and individual silver for Holly is a great result.”

Final result in the teams was: Gold, Ireland; 2 Silver, Germany; Bronze, Great Britain.





Doubles for Johnson and Scudamore at Plumpton’s opening meeting

An action-packed day rewarded the big crowd which supported the opening meeting of Plumpton Racecourse’s new 2014/15 jump season yesterday, Sunday. There was highly competitive racing, with jockeys Richard Johnson and Tom Scudamore both riding doubles was on the seven race card.

Also there was plenty of pre-racing family fun, ranging from a display by riders from the Sussex Tent Peggers to a demonstration by retrained racehorses by Moorcroft Racehorse Retraining Centre at Slinfold, West Sussex. And racegoers approaching the course from the station were greeted by a brand-new entrance at the bottom end of the course.

Tom Scudamore started out in style, riding trainer David Bridgwater’s Russian Bolero to win the opening juvenile hurdle by a comfortable seven lengths beating 50-1 shot Witch from Rome trained by Neil King, by an easy seven lengths.

 WiinnersTom Scudamore and Russian Bolero returning to the enclosure   Photo: Jeannie Knight

50-1 shot Witch From Rome and Trevor Whelan had to settle for second place in the opening race Photo: Jeannie Knight

He followed up with a hard-fought victory for trainer David Pipe in the novice handicap chase over two mile five furlongs, getting home by only a neck on board Famousandfearless, where the lightly-raced six-year-old scraped home from Jewellry, trained by Victor Dartnell.

Gavin Sheehan, who always did well round Plumpton as an apprentice, showed that he is equally effective without the advantage of a weight allowance,  when winning the second race, a novice hurdle over two-mile two furlongs, for trainer Charlie Mann. The jockey is currently on the 26 winner mark, with an impressive 28 per cent strike race.

Winners Gavin Sheehan and Sureness Photo: Jeannie Knight

Winners Gavin Sheehan and Sureness
Photo: Jeannie Knight

He was on board  12-1 shot Sureness, a four-year-old taking on older horses in the race, and gave the chestnut filly a perfect ride. He said afterwards: ” I knew she had a turn of foot and is a nice horse to look forward to. Now I have lost my claim, it is not as easy, and I ride at as many places as I can. I rode 50 winners last year and aim to ride even more this season.”

Aidan Coleman and  trainer Charlie Lonsdon teamed up to take the Memorial Handicap Steeplechase with Green Bank, winning in easy style from the remainder of the field, where the Diana Grissell-trained Orfeo Conti, was the only one to stay on to give Green Bank any form of competition, finishing a seven lengths second.

Bristol-trainer Ian Williams is a rare visitor to Plumpton, but made his journey worthwhile, following up on a win by Cool Sky ridden to victory in the two-mile handicap hurdle by  Richard Johnson, to go on and gain a back-to back double for both trainer and jockey.

Richard Johnson with Teak, completing double for trainer Ian Williams. Photo: Jeannie Knight

In the following race, Richard Johnson brought home Teak to win the handicap hurdle over three mile one furlong.. Teak is a great dual-performer, having won three times on the Flat, as well as a hurdle and a chase race since June this year.

The final race of the day went to local trainer, Lewes-based Sheena West, who sent out Unidexter ( fourth at Newton Abbott only two days previously) to win the handicap hurdle with Marc Goldstein in the saddle.

Lewes-based jockey Marc Goldstein

Plumpton’s next raceday is one not to be missed:  The Moorcroft Raceday takes place on Monday October 20, with the first race at 2.30pm This is a vital fundraiser for Moorcroft, an exceptional West Sussex centre, which retrains former racehorses at Slinfold, near Horsham, to go on to active lives outside racing. For full details about this fixture see:

Don’t miss the annual Moorcroft Raceday at Plumpton

and for an insight into the retraining work see:



Ideal venue for club’s summer dressage championships

The West Sussex venue of Wanley House, Fontwell has proved to be an ideal venue for Goring and District Riding Club’s dressage championships. The popular winter and summer series held by the club has gone from strength to strength gthere, attracting good entries, with dressage competitions throughout the allocated days.
David Beer, with a team of club helpers, has enabled the dressage series to thrive at this excellent venue and the latest Summer Dressage Series Championship for 2014 was another day of outstanding competition.
 Paris-Maria Johnson riding Maylin Rose  Photo:Charlotte Williams of LRG Photography

Winner of Novice 24 Championship Paris-Maria Johnson riding Maylin Rose Photo:Charlotte Williams of LRG Photography

Walk and Trot Judge, Thelma Russell-Hayes-  1 Abba-Lisa Clark and Mr Bullet, 127; 2 Eve Taylor and D’Joao, 125; 3 Layla Smith and Marley’s Dream, 124; 4 Michelle Buckman and City of Gold, 121.5; 5 Paige Ayling and Marble, 118.5.
Class 1b ITC 2014- 1 Nico and Georgie Sargeant, 142; 2 Smoke and Elizabeth Hibberd 136.5; 3 Martini and Sharon Wright 126.5; 4 Looks The Business and Tina McGuinness 121.
Prelim 13- 1, Nico and Georgie Sergeant 162.5; 2 D’Joao and Eve Taylor 155; 3 Smoke and Elizabeth Hibberd 154.5; 4 Mia and Sonya Smith 153.52. 5  Arthur and Sarah Fisher, 153; 5 Martini and Sharon Wright. 6
Class 2b- 1 Harries  Town Bear and Caroline Allen, 168.57; 2 Monster and Karl Standing 163.55; 3 Marylin Rose Parish and Maria Johnson 162.5; 4 Joes Grey Boy and Julie Sadler 153.5; 5, Mia and Sonya Smith 150.0.
Novice 24- 1 Maylin Rose Parisi and Maria Johnson 169.59; 2 Saxon and Joy Skatulla 169.57; 3 Monster and Karl Standing 168.5; 4 Cameo and Charlotte Baxter 141.5.
Elementary 44- 1 Bristol Blue and Kathleen Botting 168.5; 2 Wellow Dillon and Valerie Hall 162.52; 3 Cash Van Oveerix and Jenny Fox 158.51; 4 George and Sara-Louise Wood 158.5; 5 Just William and Rebecca Hargreaves 149.47.
Medium Level 71- 1 Bristol Blue and Kathleen Botting 198.51; 2 Cash van Overis and Jenny Fox, 182.5; 3 Wellow Dillon and Valerie Hall, 179.5; 4 Just William and Rebecca Hargreaces 178.47; 5 Priska and Shelley Whitbourn, 170.5; 6 Peter Pan and Cayley Parsons, 164.42.