Hickstead has exciting season ahead

HICKSTEAD has an exciting season ahead, as this year marks 60 years since Douglas Bunn first opened the All England Jumping Course.

It will also be the 60th running of the Al Shira’aa Derby, which was first held in 1961. There are plenty of things in store for this special anniversary year and newsletters will contain more details.

Hickstead has an update on its Arena Polo fixtures and is taking a look at which riders are in action at the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show, There is also a prize giveaway from Equisupplies for everyone to enter.

It may be only January but Hickstead is already counting down the weeks until the start of its international show season.

Shane Breen en route to winning the Hickstead Derby
Photo: www.spidge.co.uk

Tickets for the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 24-28 ) and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 21-26 ) are on sale now, with discounts applying on all advance ticket sales.

If you’d like to make your visit truly special, consider booking one of Hickstead’s luxurious hospitality options, including the Al Shira’aa Suite, the Members’ Restaurant or a private box. Bookings for hospitality open on February 3.

For more details contact https://www.hickstead.co.uk/hospitality-events

Moorcroft schooling session for your horse

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, will be offering an opportunity for supporters to take their own horses to the centre next month for a short schooling session.

The short constructive session on Saturday February 22 is aimed at giving confidence and is a great opportunity to learn to improve individual riding skills and understanding  in a safe and quiet environment.

A retrained racehorse being ridden at Moorcroft
Photo: Mark Beaumont

The session will be held in the indoor school with Mary Frances BHS11, BHS and BHS.SM. The cost for the 30 minute sessions will be £30 each. All proceeds wil go to help horses being retrained at Moorcroft so that they can go on to a useful and happy life outside racing.

Mary, who has managed the centre for the last 12 years has 40 years experience with many breeds and types of horses.

Book online at www.moorcroftracehorse.org.uk

 

Champion jockey out of action through injury

Champion jump jockey Richard Johnson is aiming to be back in action at the Cheltenham Festival following a fall at Exeter which has left him with a broken right arm.

The injury came when his mount Westend Story fell during the Dare to Dream Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Exeter.  Today it was confirmed he had broken his right arm between the elbow and his hand.

Jockey Richard Johnson Photo: Jeannie Knight

He had been riding Westend Story for trainer Philip Hobbs at Exeter when the horse fell at the sixth fence in a Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase. He is stable jockey for Philip Hobbs, who said the jockey was to have an opertation on the injury and have it plated.

The injury is expected to keep the jockey out of action for several weeks, though Johnson seems hopeful he could return to he saddle in time for Cheltenham. It could give fellow contender for the  Champion Jockey title, Brian Hughes, the chance to move well ahead in the bid for the ttle. Hughes currently leads by three winners.

 

 

Good racing at Plumpton’s extra meeting

THE opening race at Plumpton’s extra meeting yesterday ( Monday) saw a good win  for 2-7 favourite Kid Commando, trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Aiden Coleman. This six-year-old, sent off 2-7 favourite put in a fine performance to win this Mares Maiden Hurdle over just short of two miles.

A major  blunder at the last by runner-up Jack Valentine, trained  by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch, claiming three pounds, detsroyed hopes of victory for that horse, while Toad, trained  by Georgia Howell and ridden by Tabitha Worsley was a length further back in third place.

Runners from Richard Rowe’s Sullington stables are clearly coming into good form, for he sent out Mister Murchan, 11-4 favourite, to win the handicap hurdle over three and a quarter miles, with Leighton Aspell in the saddle.

Mr Murchan ridden by Leighton Aspell on the way to victory. Photo courtesy of Plumpton Racecourse

It was an impressive victory, with the fine ten-year-old mare Tambura, owned by Mrs A Maundrell, trained by Neil King, and ridden by Zac Baker putting in a good effort to claim runner-up spot with Fortunate George, trained by Emma Lavelle, in third, ridden  by 10 lb claimer Henry Platt.

Harry Fry was also amongst the winning trainers when he sent out Over To Sam ridden by Sean Bowen to win the Novices’ Limited Handicap  ovedr three miles one furlong. Runner up was Virginia Chick, trained by Evan Williams and well ridden by 7lb claimer, Isabel Williams.

Third place in that race went to 4/5 favourite Christmas In April, trained  by Colin TIzzard and ridden by Harry Cobden.

Trainer Seamus Mullins was also in the winner’s enclosure when White Chocolate, well ridden by Daniel Samson won the Mares Novice Hurdle by just over a length from the Venetia Williams-trained Poniente, ridden  by Charlie Deutsch.

The next meeting at Plumpton Racecourse is on Monday January 27.
Gates Open: 11:30am
First Race: 1:30pm
Last Race: 4:00pmPlease call the Racecourse Office for Hospitality bookings on 01273 890383

 

Colne Stud to sponsor at HOYS 2020

Horse of the Year Show is pleased to once again welcome The Colne Stud as class sponsors for 2020. Founded in 1972, The Colne Stud has been going for 45 years under the care of wife and husband team, Ann and Alan Overton-Ablitt.

The stud was started with the aim of breeding Welsh Mountain Ponies suitable for the youngest of children to show and enjoy and has found great success providing starter ponies for professional and home-produced riders.

The Colne Stud will be name sponsors of the Mountain & Moorland Lead Rein Pony of the Year which takes place in the TopSpec Arena, where the highest placed ponies will go on to the Colne and The Feed Shed Mountain and Moorland Mini Pony of the Year Championship.

Thistledown Van Der Vaart in superb form at last year’s event Photo courtesy of 1st Class Images

Alan Ablitt of The Colne Stud commented: “It has been a great pleasure to sponsor The Colne Stud Mountain and Moorland Lead Rein Pony of the Year for the past 22 years. This class is a wonderful showcase for the small Native Breeds of Great Britain.”

Horse of the Year Show Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are incredibly grateful for the long standing support of The Colne Stud, on behalf of our competitors and the show itself. To have the backing of the showing community is incredibly important to the future of the sport.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place from October 7-11 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham bringing another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in March. To stay up-to-date with the latest HOYS news and to be the first to know what’s happening, sign up to the HOYS newsletter here: https://hoys.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/

Extra Plumpton meeting on Monday

Expect competitive racing at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

The six-race card will begin at 1.40pm with entries closing on Saturday at 12 noon, while the declaration stage will take place on Sunday at 10am.

Race conditions, race times and further fixture information are available via the BHA website.

Newbury double for Henderson and De Boinville

Yesterday’s meeting at Plumpton was abandoned because the course was waterlogged.

Meanwhile racing went ahead at Newbury. There, trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Nico De Boinville teamed up to win the first two races in impressive style.

Bond’s Lover, a six-year-old owned by Mrs Christopher Hanbury won the opening British EBF Mares ‘National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle over two miles four furlongs on his racing debut under De Boinville by a neck  from Martha Brae, a five-year-old, owned by Mrs R Vaughan,  trained by Warren Greatrex and ridden by A P Heskin.

Jockey Nico De Boinville
Photo courtesy of John Simpson

In the second race, a two mile novices’ hurdle, the same trainer- jockey combination had a more decisive victory with 7-4 joint favourite Shiskin, owned by Mrs J Donnelly. This time the winning margin was 11 lengths over fellow joint favourite, Shakem Up Harry, trained by Ben Pauling, owned by Harry Redknapp and ridden by Daryl Jacob.

Ben Pauling did not go home without a winner though, for he sent out Your Darling at    9-2 to win the National Hunt Flat Race at the end of the meeting, ridden by Nico De Boinville.

Gloucestershire trainer Ben Pauling Photo: John Simpson

It was a good performance by Your Darling and this victory gave jockey Nico De Boinville a treble at the meeting. Favourite Flinteur Sacre finished second in this race, beaten by more than three lengths.

 

 

 

BHS Approved Centres win top awards

Congratulations to the BHS Approved Centres which won three out of four categories at Saturday’s SEIB Insurance Brokers Livery Yard and Riding School of the Year Awards 2020.

SEIB Full Livery Yard of the Year winners- Church House Farm, NAFUK and Animal Health Trust

They were:

Wellington Riding School in Hampshire- Winner of Best Riding School title.

Court Bank Farm, Staffordshire- winner of the Best DIY Livery yard (over 80% DIY).

Church House Farm Livery Yard, Essex, winner of Best Full Livery Yard ( over 80% full livery).

Theirs was a significant achievement to even make the shortlist because there were more than 1,400 nominations overall.

A spokesperson for Court Bank Farm said: “Thank you to The British Horse Society for the advice and guidance you have given us over the years. You have been on the journey with us since day one. We could not have done it without your support!”

 

 

 

Plumpton’s new racing season starts this week

PLUMPTON Racecourse is looking ahead to another successful year. The racing programme for 2020 has been published, promising another competitive season at the popular Sussex track.

Racing for 2020 begins there on Wednesday this week, January 15. Gates open at 11am. The first race is at 1.05pm and the going is currently soft with heavy places.

Expect plenty of competitive action at Plumpton this year
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

Full list of 2020 Plumpton Racing Fixtures is:

         Wed, 15th January, 2020

  • Mon, 27th January, 2020
  • Mon, 10th February, 2020
  • Mon, 24th February, 2020
  • Mon, 9th March, 2020
  • Wed, 18th March, 2020
  • Sun, 5th April, 2020
  • Sun, 12th April, 2020
  • Mon, 13th April, 2020
  • Sun, 10th May, 2020
  • Sun, 20th September, 2020
  • Mon, 19th October, 2020
  • Mon, 2nd November, 2020
  • Mon, 16th November, 2020
  • Mon, 7th December, 2020
  • Mon, 14th December, 2020

For more information about fixtures and facilities see: https://www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk/

Good card at Catterick today

Horse racing fixtures have been decimated with Leicester abandoning today’s jump card with the track waterlogged in places.

But there is a good card at Catterick where the first race is at 12.25pm

The  feature race is the Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National  at 2.40pm which has a quality seven-race card including novice races, as well as fixtures for handicappers.

Little Bruce in action
Photo courtesy of John Simpson

Last year’s runner-up Little Bruce, to be ridden by Tommy Dowson, has the advantage of a run over hurdles recently and hes should do well on the sharp track which suits front runners.  This horse does well over longer trips, having won ovedr three miles four furlongs in the past, including the former Cambridgeshire National in the past.

The going is currently soft, with good to soft in places.

Meanwhile racing on the all weather is at Newcastle on standard going, while Leicester is abandoned

 

 

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