More top awards for Enable

EVEN more accolades came the way of outstanding horse  Enable, bred by her owner Khalid Abdulla, at the Racehorse Owners Association awards in London this week, sponsored by Zeus Capital.

Enable and Frankie Dettori
Photo courtesy of Reuters

The ceremony recognised those voted by the 8,000-strong membership of the ROA, which has been promoting the interests of owners in Britain since 1945 and is a shareholder of the BHA.

Khalid Abdullah was named as Owner of the Year, while his amazing filly Enable, who won the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the second time and followed up with a history-making Breeders’ Cup Turf victory, was Horse of the Year. She also won the Middle Distance and Filly/Mare awards.

Her John Gosden-trained stablemates Roaring Lion (Miler), Stradivarius (Stayer) and Too Darn Hot (Juvenile) were others acknowledged at this prestigious event.

Full awards were:

Outstanding Novice Hurdler Kalashnikov; Outstanding Hurdler Buveur D’Air;

Outstanding Novice Chaser Footpad; Outstanding Chaser Altior;

Outstanding National Hunt Mare Apple’s Jade; Outstanding All-Weather Horse Captain Lars; Outstanding Juvenile Too Darn Hot; Outstanding Filly/Mare Enable; Outstanding Sprinter Mabs Cross; Outstanding Middle Distance Enable; Outstanding Stayer Stradivarius; Outstanding Miler Roaring Lion

National Special Achievement Award Cue Card; Flat Special Achievement Award Roy Rocket

Wetherby Racecourse won ROA Gold Standard for most improved small racecourse

ROA Gold Standard Large Racecourse of the Year Chester; ROA Gold Standard Small Racecourse of the Year Bangor; ROA Gold Standard Most Improved Large Racecourse Newbury; ROA Gold Standard Most Improved Small Racecourse Wetherby

Flaming Spear heads for finals day

Flaming Spear showed a good turn of foot under Robert Winston to win the mile £45,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes, an All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier, on Polytrack at Kempton Park recently.

The six-year-old, now successful three times from four All-Weather starts, gained a free and guaranteed start in the £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park on the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Trainer Dean Ivory was thrilled for Flaming Spear, who is owned by Tony Bloom and started the 3/1 favourite in the 11-strong field. He said: “I am delighted – we have overcome issues Flaming Spear had with the stalls and he is a lovely and relaxed horse.

Flaming Spear in action
Photo: John Simpson


“He had a good draw tonight (two), was quite handy from the start and won going away.

“It has been the plan for a while to go for the mile final on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, which is quite a long time away.

“We can now count back from Good Friday and be more laid-back in planning his races.”

Flaming Spear raced in fourth on the outside, a bit keenly initially, as Pactolus (Stuart Williams/Fran Berry, 25/1) took them along.

Winston asked Flaming Spear to move forward after turning into the straight and the son of Lope De Vega came through strongly to hit the from over a furlong out.

Flaming Spear ran on well to beat Hathal (Jamie Osborne/Nicola Currie, 10/1) by three quarters of a length, with outsider Pattie (Mick Channon/Gerald Mosse, 33/1) finishing strongly to take third, a further length and a quarter back.

The 2017/18 All-Weather Horse Of The Year, Victory Bond (William Haggas/James Doyle, 4/1), victorious in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 30, had his first start since May and kept on in fourth. The winning time of 1m 37.17s was the fastest on the night comparatively.

Victory Bond in action at Lingfield Park  Photo: John  Simpson

Super tough stayer Watersmeet (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning, 11/4 favourite) gained his 14th victory – 12 on All-Weather surfaces – when beating Higher Power (James Fanshawe/George Wood, 5/1) by a length in the £25,000 32Red Handicap over two miles.

George Wood gained compensation on 16/1 top-weight Exceeding Power, trained by Martin Bosley, in the last race, the 12-furlong £11.200 Handicap, when just holding 6/5 favourite Landue (Marcus Tregoning/James Doyle) by a short-head.

Competitive jump racing at Plumpton

Racegoers were rewarded with competitive jump racing at Plumpton yesterday which started with an impressive win in the opening Maiden Hurdle by 40-1 shot Third Wind.
Trained by Hughie Morrison and well ridden by Tom O’ Brien, the four-year-old gelding, which is owned by Mouse Hamilton-Fairley,  should progress from here and is a decent prospect for the future.

Third Wind with connections following victory in the Maiden Hurdle Photo :Jeannie Knight

Runner-up Fly To Mars, also sent off at 40-1, is another decent prospect for the future. Trained by Colin Tizzard, ridden by Harry Cobden and owned by Brocade Racing, was making his hurdling debut and will undoubtedly progress for the experience. Favourite Acey Milan, sent off at 8-15 was unplaced. Breaking Waves filled third spot for trainer Noel Williams, but should come on for the run.

The Novices Steeplechase over two miles one furlong saw an easy win by Kalashnikov, trained at Newmarket by Amy Murphy and ridden by Jack Quinlan. This brown Kalanisi gelding had three previous wins to his credit and two seconds, prior to this latest victory. His victory came at the expense of runner-up Envoye Special ( Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden).

Kalashnikov, trained by Amy Murphy following his win in the novices steeplechase with connections and jockey Jack Quinlan Photo: Jeannie Knight

Paddy’s Poem, trained at Findon by Nick Gifford, with Leighton Aspell in the saddle, plugged on to take third place on his first outing over larger obstacles and will benefit for the experience.

Trainer Tom Symonds made the trip from Ross-On-Wye pay off when sending out progressive mare Royal Claret with Ben Poste in the saddle to win the Mares Handicap Hurdle over three miles one furlong by an impressive ten lengths. Seaborough trainer Keiran Burke clinched second place with Jully Les Buxy, with Nick Scholfield up. Third place went to Wishicould, trained by Charlie Mann.

In the two mile Novices Hurdle Race Coole Well (pictured below) proved he has the talent to win, having previously unseated his rider on his previous outing. Trained by Jamie Snowden and with 5lb claimer Max Kendrick riding, he came home one and a half lengths clear of Manning Estate, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell.

Coole Well trained by Jamie Snowden with jockey Max Kendrick following the victory Photo:Jeannie Knight


The Tin Miner, trained by David Bridgwater and ridden by Tom Cannon, sprang a 20-1 shock when winning the three mile one furlong handicap chase by eight lengths from Clondaw Bisto, trained by Suzy Smith and ridden by Paddy Brennan. Sartorial Elegance ( Colin TIzzard and Tom O’ Brien) was third.

The Tin Miner and Tom Cannon on the way to victory
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Then there was a 25-1 winner of the two mile handicap hurdle, when conditional jockey Sean Houlihan, a 5lb claimer, brought home Legend of France, trained by Pat Phelan to a six-length victory over 9-2 joint favourite, Seaweed, trained by Chris Gordon.

The next meeting at Plumpton will be a Christmas Raceday on Monday December 17

Boxing Day racing at Fontwell Park

Don’t miss Fontwell Park’s Boxing Day meeting this year. This festive event is one of the most popular fixtures on this racecourse’s calendar.

There is always top class jump racing at this popular fixture, which has seven races scheduled.

Last year the opening Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, run over two miles three furlongs set the standard for the day with a thrilling finale, in which only a neck separated the first two home.

In the final stages Ben Hicks and Michael Heard fought out the finish in fine style with Michael Heard going on to bring 6-4 favourite Oskar Denarius home to win by a neck for trainer Jennifer Mason from 13-2 shot River Dun, trained by David Pipe.

Last year’s winner of the conditional jockeys’ race, Oscar Denarius  ridden  by Michael HeardPhoto: Fontwell Park Racecourse

Again this year, the racecourse will be transformed into a winter wonderland with reindeers, an Ice Rink and festive food and beverages, as well as plenty of games stalls for family entertainment.

The atmosphere and cheers will continue throughout the day and one of the most prestigious races in England, The King George VI Chase at Kempton Park will be relayed on the big screen for everyone to see.

And at Fontwell Park itself, some top quality jump racing is guaranteed at this popular fixture.

Tickets start from £19 when booked in advanced. The Premier admission tickets are likely to sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Centre course parking on this fixture is FREE of charge, so it is operated on a first come, first serve basis. Be aware that the centre course is all grass, so please ensure you wear the appropriate footwear.

The meeting is sponsored by Southern Cranes and Access Ltd- a locally -owned company which is now a leading provider of mobile crane hire, contract lifting services and powered access hire in London and the South East.


Nick Gifford’s string in top form

Runners from historic Downs Stables at Findon are coming into good form, with trainer Nick Gifford, assisted by his wife Ruth, currently having their string in top condition.

Downs Stables gateway
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Recent successes include an impressive win at Kempton when Fairway Freddy secured another victory, well ridden by Rex Dingle. Owned by The Gold Dream Partnership, and led up by Andrew Tony Veale,  this progressive young horse continues to improve and is a star for the future.

He benefits from being ridden at home by not only Andrew Tony Veale but also former jockey Gerry Enright, whose vast experience will benefit this rising stable star. He is clearly heading to be a stable star for the future.

Fairway Freddy being led in by Andrew Tony Veale
Photo: Ruth Gifford

Other runners from the yard have also been in the limelight.  Another horse to note is Notre Ami, owned by the Morpheus Partnership.  The seven-year-old had an unfortunate fall in a novice handicap chase at Huntingdon in early October, but has put that behind him.

Notre Ami went on to finish second in a confidence-building handicap hurdle at Lingfield, ridden by Nick Scholfield in mid November. Then on November 26 he ran in the Beginners Steeple Chase over two miles two furlongs on good ground at Kempton finishing third under Leighton Aspell over fences. He was led up by Andrew Tony Veale, who also rides him a lot at home.

Don’t miss Plumpton’s top class festive meetings

PLUMPTON Racecourse offers the chance to get into a festive mood with a racing fixture over jumps at this popular Sussex track on Monday December 3.

There will be live music and top class jump racing in a very special atmosphere with more than £50,000 of prize money on offer. This is bound to attract quality fields again.

At the same fixture last year, Jester Jet was a ready winner of the Class 3 Mares’ Handicap- and went on from that to land a Grade 3 race at the Aintree Festival.

Solomon Grey, Harry Skelton up, was a December Plumpton winner last year. Photo Jeannie Knight

Another good victory was when Frank N Fair,  a firm local favourite from the Zoe Davison yard, landed the Tysers Handicap Chase.

Monday 17th December – Christmas Raceday

The racecourse has more than £50,000 prize money on offer at the fixture on December 17. Trainers and horses come from afar to try and get one final win at Plumpton before the year comes to a close.

And what better way to start 2019 being at Plumpton for the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National on Sunday January 6? Blow away those Christmas Blues and be at Plumpton for this flagship race and fixtures with more than £80k of Prize Money.

The big race itself is worth more than £35,000 and always attracts a good turn out of runners.

Competitive racing at Plumpton’s latest meeting

PLUMPTON’S latest meeting yesterday saw impressive winners sent out by local trainers Sheena West and Gary Moore.

Sheena West sent out seven-year-old bay mare Golden Cannon to take the handicap hurdle over two miles one furlong. Owned  by M J Hills and ridden by Marc Goldstein, this runner impressed with a fluent performance, making her sixth run over hurdles a winning one.

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

She beat grey gelding Brother Bennett, a 14-1 shot trained by Zoe Davison, by a comfortable nine lengths, continuing the success of her Lewes-based trainer at this popular track. Sheena rarely goes away empty-handed.

French-bred Cheque En Blanc, a six-year-old which had joined Gary Moore’s Horsham yard only two weeks previously, was ridden to success in the three miles four furlongs handicap chase by Jamie Moore.  Owned by Mrs Elizabeth Kiernan, scoring his first victory over bigger obstacles- and should have more successes to follow

Trainer Gary Moore

Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard made the long trip to Plumpton pay off when he sent out five-year-old Mister Malarky  to win the Novices Limited Handicap Chase of the day over  two miles three furlongs under a good ride from Tom O’ Brien.

Meanwhile the opening race of this meeting had seen a good victory for Irish-bred Getaway Trump, trained by Paul Nicholls , ridden by Harry Cobden.  The five-year-old was having only his second run over hurdles and shaped up well indicating a good future.

Winter Spice, winner of the Amateur Riders’ Race    Photo: John Simpson

In the Plumpton Racecourse Twinned with Pompadour Racecourse Amateur Riders’ Race there was an impressive seven length victory by 11-8 favourite Winter Spice, trained by Johnny Farrelly and ridden by Luca Morgan.

The next meeting at Plumpton is on Monday December 3. Buy tickets now at:

John Gosden horses win four awards

Four horses trained  by John Gosden received awards at a ceremony in London this week. His remarkable colt, Roaring Lion was named Cartier Horse of the Year at the event.

Roaring Lion and Oisin Murphy
Photo courtesy of John Simpson


Roaring Lion was also named the winner of the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt award off the back of an outstanding season in which he claimed four Group 1 victories in a row.

He won the Coral Eclipse at Sandon, the Juddmonte International at York and the Quipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown .

Trainer John Gosden

Roaring Lion becomes the fourth Cartier Horse of the Year in the past five years to be trained by Gosden, following in the footsteps of Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015) and last year’s winner Enable.

Enable this time picked up the Cartier Older Horse award. After an injury-interrupted campaign, the star filly returned to her brilliant best at the end of the season when winning a second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and following up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.

Gosden’s Weatherbys Stayers’ Million bonus winner Stradivarius took home the Cartier Stayers Award after winning all five of his races this season including successive victories in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup, Group 1 Goodwood Cup and Group 2 Lonsdale Cup.

Dewhurst Stakes winner and ante-post 2,000 Guineas favourite Too Darn Hot rounded off a memorable evening for Gosden when Lord Lloyd-Webber’s colt was named the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt.


Fontwell Park’s 2019 jump racing fixtures

FONTWELL Park Racecourse has announced its fixtures for 2019, which offer top class jump racing at this popular Sussex track.

2019 kicks off with a meeting on Monday January 14, followed by another on Sunday January 27, and a third on February 14.

Then comes a key feature raceday there on Thursday February 14, when the top class National Spirit Hurdle takes place. This is the richest and most prestigious race in Fontwell Park’s calendar.

Expect competitive action at Fontwell Park
Photo: Fontwell Park Racecourse

It is a Grade 2 National Hunt  hurdle race in Great Britain, which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Fontwell Park over a distance of  two miles, three furlongs  and 33 yards, with ten hurdles to be jumpedthroughout the race.

This race produced an exciting finish in 2018, when trainer Paul Nicholls won the race with 11-4 shot Old Guard, ridden by Harry Cobden, by one and a half lengths. In a thrilling finish, this horse beat 5-2 favourite, Lil Rockerfeller, ridden by Trevor Whelan and trained by Neil King.

Old Guard coming home to win the National Spirit Hurdle Race

In March there are fixtures on Wednesday 6th,  Saturday 16th and Friday 29th, while Friday April 12 sees an Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday, followe by more jump racing at the track on Wednesday April 24.

Three May fixtures are on Wednesday May 8, Thursday May 16 and a Bank Holiday Family Funday on Sunday May 26.  Two June fixtures are on Wednesday June 5 and Wednesday June 12, followed by a season break through July.

Plenty of friendly atmosphere at Fontwell Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

August has two meetings on Thursday 22 with a Ladies Evening and racing on Thursday 29. Sunday September  sees a Family Fun Day. October 4 and 5 Oktoberfest Day 1 and 2 and racing on Wednesday October 23.

November has racing on Friday 8th and Sunday 17th. December sees a Festive Jumpers day on Tuesday 10th and there will  be Boxing Day racing on Thursday 16th.







Don’t miss Plumpton’s Pompadour Raceday

POMPADOUR Raceday at Plumpton is scheduled for Monday November 19 when seven competitive races take place in a fine atmosphere. It also marks the start of the Plumpton Racecourse Cheltenham Bonus Series.

Pompadour Raceday celebrates the twinning of Plumpton Racecourse with Pompadour Racecourse in the Limousin region of France. Racing has occurred at both Plumpton and Pompadour since the 1800’s and both courses attract racing’s stars of the future and top jockeys and trainers.

This day is also where the Plumpton Racecourse Cheltenham Bonus Series starts. This offers the connections of a horse that wins one of five nominated Novices Chases in the series at Plumpton the opportunity to scoop a valuable £60,000 cash bonus, if they go on to win any steeple chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Competitive racing expected at Plumpton
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Only Voy Por Ustedes has ever managed to do win this in 2006 and so will the 2018/19 season end the wait for a successor?

A Festive Fun Raceday follows on Monday December 3, with live music, the festive spirit and racing it is the perfect day to bring the team or family to Plumpton.

The quality was not lacking last year when Jester Jet was a ready winner of the Class 3 Mares’ handicap before landing a Grade 3 race at the Aintree Festival, and Frank N Fair landing the Tysers Handicap Chase  – a local favourite.

The racecourse will be buzzing for the Christmas Raceday, with some great offerings available while watching some top quality racing in the heart of Sussex.

With more than £50k of prize money on offer, trainers and horses come from afar to try and get one final win at Plumpton before the year comes to a close. Course favourite, and locally trained by Zoe Davison, Frank N Fair did just this when winning twice in December 2017. Will they be back again?

The momentum follows in the New Year with Sunday January 6 featuring the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Raceday.

What better way to start 2019 by joining everyone at Plumpton for this Sky Sports Racing Sussex National on Sunday January 6. This is a flagship fixture with more than £80,000 prize money on offer and the big race itself being worth more than £35,000, and sure to attract an impressive turn out of runners.

Vinnie Lewis and Harry Bannister on their way to Sussex National victory  in 2018       Photo: John Simpson

This year this key race was won by Vinnie Lewis (IRE), ridden by Harry Bannister and trained by Harry Whittington, sent off as 7/2 favourite. Who will be the 2019 winner?

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