Goodwood’s opening fixture

Goodwood’s Opening fixture comes under starters orders on May 4 for an exciting afternoon of high-quality racing, food, drink, and entertainment.

Top class racing at Goodwood again this season

The races include two valuable Listed contests; the Daisy Warwick Stakes and The Conqueror Stakes, both of which are likely to attract some exciting fillies and mares aiming to get their seasons off to a winning start.

During the winter months, much investment has taken place at the racecourse. The inside of the March Grandstand has seen further redevelopment, creating a superb new betting facility and two new cafés.

Delicious Dogs, located in the Sussex Stand will offer racegoers a fabulous array of handmade pizzas. While the Richmond Enclosure boasts a beautiful new hospitality space in Long View which provides enchanting views across the racecourse and will be open in time for the May Festival.

Goodwood is excited to introduce its new ECO-Cup, helping forge a path towards eradicating disposables.

The season ahead will see a refundable £1 deposit taken when any beer, lager or ale is consumed, with a clean cup offered for each beverage thereafter.

During the 2018 season, more than 300,000 pints and half pints were served in plastic cups owing to sizeable levels of plastic being disposed of.

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, commented; “Sustainability has been at the core of our thinking here at Goodwood over several years, and as we move into the 2019 flat season, we will be taking bigger steps towards lessening our impact on the environment.

“In essence, I want to make sure that our actions today preserve that famous and breath-taking view for future generations.”

He added: “Opening Saturday is a real family day out complemented by the high-class racing. With a children’s play area for the little ones, whether you are passionate about horse racing or want a really good afternoon out, Goodwood Racecourse is a fantastic place to come.”

Tickets can be purchased from only £12 in advance and children under 18 go free in all enclosures. Please call 01243 216610 or visit goodwood.com for tickets, hospitality, and further information.

Jump racing at Plumpton today

Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good track record at Plumpton,  and Golden Cannon, which runs at today’s meeting, ridden by Marc Goldstein, seems to enjoy Plumpton, having won there previously.

Golden Cannon lines up in the Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong, ridden as usual by Marc Goldstein- and is currently priced at 6-1.

Golden Cannon with trainer Sheena West and jockey Marc Goldstein Photo: John Simpson

 Sheen West also saddles up course winner Sixties Secret, a four-year-old, in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, where the favourite is 3-1 shot Our Rockstar, ridden for trainer Alastair Ralph by jockey Lee Edwards.

Sixties Secret is likely to be sent off at 16-1, while 3-1 favourite Our Rockstar comes to the race from a victory at Stratford in March.
The combination of Tom Cannon and trainer Chris Gordon should be back in winning form with course and distance winner The Tin Miner likely to be sent off as favourite in the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle of the day.

                                                                                                                                            The final race sees a match between 10/11shot  Darebin , trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Jamie, and evens favourite King Cnut, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon.

 

 

 

Science Supplements® signs on line with Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on SaturdayJune 22 at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matthew Sampson winning the British Speed Derby in 2018. The class is now known as the Science Supplements Speed Derby Science Supplements Speed Derby, as part of an extensive new sponsorship deal with the All England Jumping Course.

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday July 27. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

“First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 23-28  2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships ( August 29 – September 1 2019) are free to spectators.

Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show

The Southdown Hunt West Open Spring Show  takes place on Sunday April 28 from 8.30am-5.30pm.
The venue is the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead and it is hosted by the Southdown Hunt West Pony Club.

Pony Club Spring Show takes place at Hickstead

Tickets for the event are available from sdhwpc.org
It is an event not to be  missed and bound to attract plenty of entries for this
pony club is highly competitive and last year took part in a tetrathlon at
Hickstead,  with 23 youngsters competing and all classes contested.
Definitely a date for the diary.

 

Plumpton Easter Festival

Have you got your tickets for the Easter Festival at Plumpton? Come and enjoy the sunshine with a day at the races!

The Easter Festival is the pinnacle of the season for Plumpton, a two- day bonanza on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.With more than £200k worth of prize money up for grabs, featuring the Core Spreads Sussex Champion Hurdle (Sunday) and Sussex Champion Chase (Monday), both worth £50k, ensuring that some quality horses will be on show.It is day for the whole family with entertainment for all.

There will be a Fun Fair, Easter Egg Giveaway ( for the first 250 children through the gates each day), Derby Horse Hoppers, Face Painting, Static Falconry Display, Mini Golf, Beat the Keeper, Live Music, Hospitality & Restaurant options PLUS so much more.

There will also be an equicizer for children and adults to have a go on Easter Sunday in the Marquee in the picnic enclosure. See what it takes to be a jockey!

On each day there is space in our Marquee restaurant. In the Marquee enjoy a three-course set menu, welcome drink, table for day, racecard and admission opposite the final fence for just £70pp. To book please call 01273 890383.

Tickets start at just £13 when bought in advance.Advance tickets close midnight Friday April 19 for Easter Sunday, and midnight Saturday 20 for Easter Monday. go racing free (18 or under) if accompanied by an adult.

Competitive Easter racing at Plumpton.

Hickstead welcomes Science Supplements as new sponsor

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on Saturday 22 June at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matt Sampson winning Hickstead Speed Derby in 2017: Photo Nigel Goddard

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday 27 July. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

“We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships. First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (20-23 June), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July 2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships (29 August – 1 September 2019) are free to spectators.

Hickstead’s iconic class has secure future

Al Shira’aa, the title sponsor of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, has signed a new sponsorship deal until 2022.

The UAE-based company took over sponsorship of the famous Hickstead Derby in 2017, and after two very successful seasons has agreed to extend the agreement until at least 2022.

The Al Shira’aa Derby is the highlight of the four-day Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), and sees horses and riders tackle an iconic course of fences including the tricky Devil’s Dyke and the 10ft 6in Derby Bank.

William Whitaker winning Hickstead Derby two hyears ago
Photo:Craig Payne

The company has also signed an agreement to sponsor a number of Hickstead’s other classes, including the British Five Year Old and British Six Year Old Championships for young horses, both with a prize fund of £3,000, plus the Under 25 Masters, which is a prestigious annual young rider championship held on the Saturday of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting.

Al Shira’aa has always been passionate about promoting good horsemanship and equestrian sport, both within the United Arab Emirates and around the world. They support all levels of the sport from grassroots upwards, which is why these new classes are of particular importance to them.

“We are delighted that the partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is set to continue – their support has been invaluable to us, and we’re extremely grateful that they have increased their agreement to cover several of our young horse championships as well as the Al Shira’aa Under 25 Masters,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

Tom O’Brien, UK Manager of Al Shira’aa, adds: “The sponsorship of these classes reflect our values at Al Shira’aa, of supporting riders from the junior to senior levels, as well as our commitment to horsemanship and dedication to the development of young horses. The partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is of great importance to us with regards to our global reach in the equestrian world. With our shared passion for heritage and prestige, coupled with the dedication to celebrate the greatest talent in equestrian sport, the years ahead look set to be very exciting for this continued partnership.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk

Plumpton doubles for two trainers

At the recent Sussex Raceday,  Plumpton welcomed  back racegoers for racing after a three week break. The focus on the day was everything Sussex including food drinks, crafts, wildlife and more.

It was a day for local trainers with doubles for Gary Moore and Zoe Davison, and five other Sussex trainer securing wins.

Finnegans Garden started the day off well for Zoe Davison and jockey Page Fuller winning the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Steeplechase after pulling clear from the last fence.

Zanzi Well, was a six lengths winner of the Hepworth Saxon Maiden Hurdle under a good ride from Gavin Sheehan for trainer Harry Whittington, following a strong run all the way round.

Trainer Gary Moore had gone 42 runners at Plumpton without a winner,  but this barren spell ended when he sent out It’s Got Legs, ridden by Jamie Moore to win the handicap hurdle, pulling clear from Mellow Ben to win.

It’s Got Legs going on to win for Gary Moore

 

A double quickly followed for Gary Moore when he won the handicap hurdle with a six length win by Age of Wisdom  beating Bazarov by six lengths. It ended his drought with no winners since November 19.

There was a double for trainer Zoe Davison and rider Page Fuller when they teamed up with grey Brother Bennett to win the Handicap Chase over two miles and four furlongs  for the second consecutive year. They came home clear by nine lengths of Champion Chase trained by Martin Bosley.

Strike The Flint coming home to win
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

The final race of the day, a National Hunt Flat Rave, went to Lewes trainer Suzy Smith when she sent out 9-4 favourite Strike The Flint, ridden by Gavin Sheehan.

 

 

 

 

 

SEIB Novice Winter Championships

BRC welcomed a new title sponsor for this year’s event, SEIB Insurance Brokers, who have been involved with BRC sponsoring both the Quadrille and the Horse Trials Championships in previous years.

This year’s BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Novice Winter Championships, took place on March 30 and 31 2019, at Arena UK in Grantham, Lincs.

This was a two day competition, for senior and junior riders, with almost 500 competitors taking part in team 80cm show jumping championships and a range of prelim and novice dressage championship classes for both teams and individuals.

The weather was superb over the weekend, with the five dressage arenas bathed in glorious sunshine all day Saturday. This year BRC also introduced several direct entry dressage classes for both veteran horse and rider, grassroots intro and native type dressage at prelim and novice level.

South Durham Saddle Club senior dressage team winners

Nicolina Mackenzie, SEIB Insurance Brokers Marketing Manager was on hand all weekend to present rosettes and sashes: “SEIB are delighted to be sponsoring these Championships this year, it gives riders something to look forward to, and compete in, during the long winter. I have been very impressed with the overall standard of the competitors and their lovely horses and ponies.

“This is the first time we have been involved and it has been a great experience, I have really enjoyed chatting to the riders. SEIB are the complete equestrian insurance broker offering cover for everything from the horsebox and trailer to horse and pony, riding school, livery yard and private home with stables.”

This year’s winners were: Senior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship 1, South Durham Saddle Club from Area 2, which finished on a team score of 12, just one point ahead of last year’s team winners Atherstone & District RC from Area 5. Dawn Dalby riding Myshall Travis won her arena with Helen Williams riding Secretly Unique and Caroline Tough riding Trevoulter Silver Replica continuing in great form following their tremendous successes last year. Victoria Parker riding Thornbeck Andrew, also put in a great performance to finish fourth in her arena.

“We did well at the qualifier and we have four consistent horses but you never know what will happen on the day or how you will compare as everyone who is here is really good,” said Victoria Parker. “To win overall is fantastic and we will definitely be having a night out to celebrate.”

The senior overall individual dressage champion, Kerry Tyrell riding Himoons Spellbound – New Forest RC in Area 17 was absolutely thrilled with her homebred, gelding.

“My biggest problem is remembering the test so when I went down the centre line at the end I was so happy to have got that far that I forgot to set up for the halt and we fell into it,” said Kerry.

“I only have a field to work in so we mainly hack out and only tend to canter at competitions or during lessons. Recently he has been really struggling when transitioning from canter to trot as he nosedives because his back end is so powerful but today I managed to put my leg on and ride him into it and it was one of the best tests we’ve ever done.”

Senior 80 Winter Show Jumping Championship    

Nick Staines once again built a bright, exciting championship show jumping track, which saw two teams finishing on eight faults after the two rounds, requiring a jump-off. Finn Valley RC from Area 14, kept their cool to post slightly quicker jump-off rounds to lift this year’s title. Longton RC from Area Area 3 took second place and Bath RC finished third.

The overall individual winner was student, Kayleigh Bowen riding her 14.2hh, Welsh, light bay, mare, Blaencwn Brenhenis from Cwmaman RC in Area 21, producing the fastest clear round jump-off time, from the ten double clear rounds during the day.

 

Junior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship New Forest RC in Area 17, lifted the junior title, finishing on a team score of nine, two points ahead of an Area 9 team on eleven. All four New Forest RC team riders produced excellent individual tests and were so pleased with this result. Both Matteo Lallo riding Morrigian Bernardino and Callum Robertson riding Ferro Curry won their respective dressage arenas.

Junior Individual Champion Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore Riding Club

The overall individual junior champion was Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore RC Area 8. Charlotte and her diminutive bay pony produced a beautiful, expressive individual N24 test, which also helped her team to finish third.

“All I can say is ‘wow’,” said Charlotte. “I’m really proud of his test – particularly of the medium trot and the stretch in his walk – and of him, he tried so hard and was just brilliant today.”

Junior Novice Show Jumping Championship

This year saw Barnard Castle & Teesdale RC from Area 2, in County Durham secured the win, finishing on a team score of eight faults. The girls were so excited to clinch this title. Penistone & District RC and Billericay & District RC were second and third respectively, both on 16 faults, but Penistone had the quicker team round times.

The overall junior individual winner was 18 year old Sarah Endean riding her 23 year old ISH coloured, gelding, Bunnow Magpie from Tendring Hundred RC in Area 8, who finished in the quickest jump-off time, with three clear rounds.

BRC would once again like to thank sponsor SEIB Insurance Brokers and all the tremendous volunteers who helped made this such a successful weekend.

All results can be found on the BRC website:

http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/brc-championships/winter-championships

Exciting racing in Sussex at Easter

This Easter holidays, racecourses up and down the country are staging a host of family-friendly racedays, when under 18s (and in some cases under 17s) are admitted completely free of charge and extra entertainment is laid on to suit all ages.
Sussex Racecourses, Plumpton, Brighton and Fontwell Park, host a number of special family days between them, with entertainment taking place alongside the horse racing including fun fairs, donkey rides, Easter Egg Hunts and fancy dress.

Get close to the racing action at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Plumpton Racecourse welcomes its Easter Festival Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (21 and 22 April 2019), when top-notch racing and family fun collide in the racecourse’s biggest weekend of the year. With more than £200k of prize money up for grabs on the track over the two days, entertainment off-the-track includes a Fun Fair, Easter Egg Giveaway, Derby Horse Hoppers, face painting, donkey rides and live music.

Accompanied under 18s are admitted completely free of charge and adult tickets start from just £13.

 

Brighton Racecourse hosts its season opener and themed Mad Hatters Raceday on Saturday April  20, when racegoers are invited to don their favourite hat to be in with a chance to win a prize. Advanced tickets start at £18, and accompanied under 18s are free of charge.

 

Expect some exciting racing action at Brighton
Photo:Brighton Racecourse

Friday April 12 sees the Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday over at Fontwell Park Racecourse, when racegoers can enjoy a traditional Sussex Easter with seven excellent horse races and a range of free activities and entertainment for the children, including the hugely popular Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets start at £15 and again, accompanied under 18s are free of charge.

Exciting action at Fontwell Park    Photo Jeannie Knight

 

These fixtures form a part of Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign, which has been created to highlight the fact that young people can go racing for free throughout the year, resulting in an incredible day of impressive sporting action, fresh air and family entertainment that really doesn’t have to break the bank.