RETURN OF FLAT RACING

THE return of flat turf racing is just around the corner as the season gets underway at Doncaster Racecourse, this Saturday with the Unibet Lincoln weekend.

The first fixture at Brighton Racecourse takes place behind closed doors on Saturday April 17. Tune in on Sky Sports Racing to watch all the action live. 

Birghton is also very pleased to be able to welcome back spectators to experience the thrill of hooves thundering along the turf.

A spokesperson said : “We now have tickets on sale for all of our fixtures taking place between May 17- September 30. Tickets have been very popular, be sure to get yours before they’re all gone.”

Exciting racing action returns to Brighton. Photo: Brighton Racecourse

A statement from the Jockey Club said: “On February 22nd 2021 the Government announced plans to help the country out of its National Lockdown. As part of these plans racing fixtures staged from May 17 2021 will be able to welcome up to 4,000 spectators, if the Government’s tests are met for moving into Phase 3 of lifting lockdown restrictions.”

Similarly, if the Government’s tests and criteria are met, then indoor conferences and events of up to 1,000 people will also be possible from May 17. The Government will provide further guidance nearer the time.

The Government also announced that events staged from June 21 2021 will be able to operate at pre-pandemic capacities, if the Government’s tests are met for moving into Phase 4 of lifting lockdown restrictions.

FLAT RACING TO RETURN TO BRIGHTON IN APRIL

Brighton racecourse has announced that the return of flat turf racing is just around the corner as the season gets underway at its sister track, Doncaster Racecourse, this Saturday with the UNIBET Lincoln weekend.

The first fixture at Brighton Racecourse takes place behind closed doors on Saturday April 17. Be sure to tune in on Sky Sports Racing to watch all the action live. Then racing returns for the public from May 17.

Top Flat Racing returns to Brighton Photo courtesy of Brighton Racecoure

A spokesperson said: “We now have tickets on sale for all of our fixtures taking place between May 17- September 30. Tickets have been very popular, be sure to get yours before they’re all gone!”

Richest horse owners in the world…

NEW research has looked into net worths of horse-owners to reveal who’s the richest in the paddock…
Top 10 Richest Horse Owners

RankOwner NameNet Worth
1Alain Wertheimer£24,714,592,500
1Gerard Wertheimer£24,714,592,500
3Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan£12,906,810,000
4Kirsten Rowsing£10,182,039,000
5Mohammed Bin Rashad Al Maktoum£10,038,630,000
6John Malone£5,372,737,000
7Anthony Oppenheimer£3,656,929,500
8Aiywatt Srivaddhanprabha£2,653,066,500
9Bradley Wayne Hughes£2,220,731,500
10John Magnier£2,212,179,590
10Susan Magnier£2,212,179,590

Two brothers share the top spot on this list with an estimated fortune of just under £25 billion. Alain and Gerard Wertheimer co-own fashion house Chanel and have seen success from champion racehorses such as Kotashaan.

The Weirtheimer brothers Alain and Gerard


The rich list is full of royalty from around the world, with members of the ruling households of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Great Britain and Qatar all featuring.
Top 10 most valuable horses below:

RankHorse NameInflation Adjusted Price
1Fusaichi Pegasus£97,398,384.00
2Shareef Dancer£89,502,732.00
3Seattle Dancer£22,341,463.00
4Snaafi Dancer£18,821,425.00
5Green Monkey£17,756,622.00
6Imperial Falcon£14,583,013.00
7Annihilator£13,640,000.00
8Ajdal£12,787,075.00
9Jareer£12,571,563.00
10Laa Etaab£11,925,025.00

Top 5 highest paying horse races

RankRace/Race Meeting NameTotal Prize FundCountry
1Saudi Cup£14,379,100.00Saudi Arabia
2Dubai World Cup£8,627,460.00UAE
3The Everest£7,764,714.00Australia
4Royal Ascot£7,300,000.00UK
5Breeders Cup Classic£5,032,685.00USA

The upcoming Cheltenham Festival (starting on Tuesday 16th March) is further down on this list, ranking in 20th position with a total prize fund of £625,000.

British Showjumping acts fast on European outbreak of Herpes Virus

CURRENTLY, there is a Europe-wide alert of increased risk of disease associated with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), which originated in Valencia (ESP) and has already resulted in related outbreaks in at least three other countries in Europe.

In response, British Showjumping is putting in place the following measures for all horses returning from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia from 1st March 2021:

  1. All horses  returning to the UK from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia should be isolated from others which may attend British Showjumping  competitions and training events. Further we strongly advise that they are separated from all other horses.  The same also applies to horses which have transited through the above countries on their return to the UK.
     
  2. To be considered isolated, the isolated horses must be kept in a building that is physically separated from other horse buildings by a public highway or equivalent.
     
  3. Isolated horses must be attended to by separate staff and riders who are not in contact with horses on other (non-isolated) premises.
     
  4. To minimise risk of disease spread within an isolation premises, biosecurity measures on the property must include
     
    1. hand-sanitising facilities so that staff can clean their hands between handling each individual animal
    2. foot dips outside every stable
    3. separate coveralls outside each stable that are changed between caring for different horses
    4. separate tack, equipment, feed bowls for each horse
    5. facilities for disinfection of mucking out equipment must be in place
       
  5. British Showjumping expect their members’ local veterinary surgeon to verify these standards are in place on the isolation premises.
     
  6. All horses on the premises, including those which have NOT travelled in Europe recently, must have close clinical monitoring with twice daily temperature recording. Temperature records should be kept and made available for review by the members’ local veterinary surgeon.
     
  7. All horses on the premises including those which have not travelled in Europe recently will be excluded from participation in British Showjumping’s competitions and training events and all other BEF Member Body competitions and activities.
     
  8. The excluded status will apply until:
     a)  Either: All horses on the premises have been free of clinical signs for at  least 28 days   from the day the last horse(s) returning from areas of Europe defined above arrived on the isolation premises.
      b)  Or: Laboratory data confirming that all horses on the premises are free from disease is provided to British Showjumping. These laboratory data  must include: 
           i)    Paired serology (to measure antibodies against EHV) with two  samples taken a minimum of 10 days apart, using the complement fixation test (CFT) which is available at Rossdales Laboratory.
           ii)   And, a pair of nasopharyngeal swabs taken at the same time as the serology samples.
           iii)   For the purpose of interpretation of these data, day 0 is defined as the day the returning horses arrived at the isolation premises.
           iv)  Samples must be submitted to  Rossdales Laboratory. Veterinary surgeons should contact the laboratory (via  laboratory@rossdales.com or by telephone 01638- 663017,   Emergency (24hrs) 01638 663150 for advice on shipping of and processing schedules for samples and to request supplies such as  suitable nasopharyngeal  swabs and transport media.

      9.  The above requirements for laboratory data to clear excluded status will apply to  both horses which are unvaccinated and those that have received vaccines at any previous time and interpretation of laboratory data will be informed by vaccination history that should also be provided at the time of sample submission.

    10.  Samples must be accompanied by a submission form available at  Rossdales      Laboratory.