Goodwood’s autumnal seasonal finale

THERE are still two more racing fixtures to look forward to at Goodwood before this highly successful season ends.

On Wednesday September 25, racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy racing at a more relaxed pace in a midweek atmosphere.

Then there is the autumnal Season Finale Harvest, Hops and Horseracing,to look forward to on Sunday October 13. This will celebrate everything harvest, hops and top class horse racing- featuring hog roast and toasted marshmallows.

Goodwood  Racecourse welcomes racegoers to share in the celebrations and say farewell to the highly memorable and successful season in true style.

Action packed Goodwood finale Photo courtesy of Dominic James

This traditional, rural-themed, end-of-year fixture. The Season Finale, in association with All Call Signs, provides one final chance to experience racing at Goodwood in all its glory before the winter break.

This fiinal raceday has a relaxed, laid back feel with the atmosphere of a country-style meeting. In between some memorable racing, enjoy the sounds of a string band playing merry tunes against a backdrop of roaring fire pits, hay bales and toasted marshmallows.

Gates open at 11:30am and the first race will start at approximately 1:30pm.


Plumpton’s new season starts this month

RACING resumes at Plumpton Racecourse with a Core Spreads Family Raceday on Sunday September 22.

This popular National Hunt track has a season opener raceday for all the family, with activities and entertainment throughout the day, and accompanied under 18s are admitted free.

Good viewing facilities of horses in the paddock at Plumpton           Photo: Jeannie Knight

Racegoers have a good view of racing and can also see runners and riders at close quarters in the paddock before racing as well as in the unsaddling enclosure afterwards.

There will be plenty of family entertainment, ranging from Meet The Trolls, face painting and a mascot race to static falconry display, derby horse hoppers, rodeo bull, soft play area, as well as seven races on the card.

    1. Plumpton offers top class jump racing with good viewing facilities.  Photo:Jeannie Knight

The opening day is an ideal time to sample some of Plumpton’s renowned hospitality with two restaurants to choose from. Enjoy the Paddock Restaurant with a three course a la carte menu, welcome drink, table for the day, racecard, admission all for just £80pp.

In the Marquee Restaurant you can enjoy a three-course set menu, welcome drink, table for day, racecard and admission opposite the final fence for just £70pp. To book call 01273 890383.

You can enjoy all 17 racedays at a reduced price by becoming a Plumpton Racecourse Annual Member.Single Membership – £200 while Double membership is £380.

Included in the price of the membership is a racecard at every fixture, discounted hospitality prices, £600 worth of tickets to other racecourses and sporting venues PLUS much more.

At this popular jumps track, racegoers can look forward to enjoying some top class jump racing throughout the winter and into next spring, with some quality horses amongst runners on racedays. Get your tickets early to save money.

Tickets are on sale now.


Spectacular Bank Holiday racing at Goodwood


FROM the sensational fireworks display that took place on Friday evening, to the superb performances on the track, the August Bank Holiday fixture at Goodwood Racecourse from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 August was nothing short of spectacular with glorious weather to match.

Spectacular fireworks at Goodwood    Photo: Goodwood Racecourse

After racing, the very popular Batala drummers set a hypnotic beat, drawing crowds from around the stands before fireworks lit up the night sky. The crowd were so impressed that there was rapturous applause and cheers after the finale.

Volkan Star was a sensational winner of The European Breeders Fund EBF Novice Stakes, trouncing his rivals by an impressive six lengths to justify the £1million price tag paid by Godolphin for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Green Power showed his liking for the Sussex track once again by winning the feature Levin Down Handicap- proving that victory at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the Chelsea Barracks Handicap was no fluke.

Volkan Star when he was sold at the sales for racing
Photo courtesy of Laura Green

On Saturday, Duke Of Hazzard got the better of Turgenev in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile, heralding jockey, Rossa Ryan’s, biggest career win to date. The three-year-old now has a Group 1 entry in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Rossa Ryan, 19, who is in his first year after riding out his claim, commented; “I didn’t sleep well last night and spent a lot of time on my tablet, working out what might happen and how the race would go.

Up and coming jockey Rossa Ryan Photo: John Simpson

“Blinkers have brought out a big improvement in him, and he loves it round here. Paul Cole (trainer) has been very kind to me and I am grateful to him and Mrs. Fitri Hay for putting me up.”

Richard Kingscote rode a tactical race on Boomer. who stuck her neck out to repel the late challenge of Dark Lady in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes, before a small but select field contested the Group 3 Ladbrokes March Stakes.

Sir Ron Priestley and jockey  Franny Norton, following their victory at Goodwood Racecourse in the March Stakes, in memory of the late John Dunlop.
Photograph by Sam Stephenson, 07880 703135,

Run in memory of local trainer, the late John Dunlop, it was Sir Ron Priestley who obliged becoming the third Qatar Goodwood Festival winner to follow up with a win at the meeting.  Having been headed by the strong travelling Promissory, he won convincingly, under a confident ride from Franny Norton.

John Dunlop’s widow, Sue, was on hand to present the trophy for the race to  Deirdre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark Johnson, and owner Mr. Paul Dean.

On Sunday, the warm weather continued to grace the Sussex Downs with Oisin Murphy enjoying a good day with two winners. The first came aboard Queen’s Soldier in The Chichester City Selling Stakes, before Le Don De Vie followed up in the Handicap Stakes.

Suedois rallied gamely under Danny Tudhope as Momkin challenged late in the Group 3 Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes; the ultra-consistent eight-year-old holds an entry at Irish Champions Weekend.

Red Stripes made the long trip from Cheshire worthwhile for Lisa Williamson by winning The Ladbrokes Download The App Handicap Stakes, before Blue Medici won the final race of the weekend, the Silk Series.

Throughout the meeting, racegoers not only enjoyed the blissful weather, but also family fun including live music, a traditional fairground, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and a petting zoo. For those keen to sit back and enjoy the afternoon, food outlets proved extremely popular, while those who stayed into the evening could toast marshmallows on fire pits as the sun set.

The racecourse is now looking forward to two Midweek fixtures on September 3 and 11, before the season comes to a close on October 13  with the Harvest, Hops and Horseracing fixture.

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Second long reining course to be held at Moorcroft

Following on from the success of a recent long-reining course  at Moorcroft Racehorse Centre at Slinfold, where chief executive Mary Frances ensured participants acquired new knowledge and skills to long rein their own horses, a second course is to be held next month.

Long reining is one of the keys to the enormous success rate of retraining former racehorses at this outstanding centre in Sussex.  Under Mary’s supervision and guidance, the centre excels in re-schooling and rehabilitating former racehorses so that they go on to a happy future outside racing.

A previous well-attended long reining course at Moorcroft Photo:Mark Beaumont

By popular demand from  those who were unable to attend the first course, this second event will take place on Saturday September 21 to enable those who missed the first event to have the chance to learn how to long-rein their own horses and others have the chance to join in too.

Mary said that the team effort in retraining ex-racehorses at Moorcroft enabled these horses to get over any injuries or problems acquired during their racing careers and then  to go to happy futures in suitable homes outside racing.

To ensure you have a place on this second course on September 21 contact Mary at Moorcroft on 07929 666408  to book your place now.


Historic Day at Glorious Goodwood yesterday

LADIES DAY at Glorious Goodwood yesterday fulfilled all expectations, with the highlight being when Mhadijah Mellah became Britain’s first Muslim jockey to win her debut race there.

Just 18-years-old, she won the Magnolia Cup charity race for women only in fine style on board Haverland. It was even more remarkable because the first time she sat on a racehorse was only four months previously- and she finished in front of the likes of VIctoria Pendleton and model Vogue Williams.

Magnolia Cup winner Mella following her victory      Photo: Press Association

Mella is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She came from off the pace to score a memorable victory for connections.Mellah raced less than four months after first sitting on a racehorse and is the first person in the UK to ride a competitive race while wearing a hijab.
The rookie jockey is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She said ahead of the race: “It’s crazy to think of my journey over the last couple of months but a big part of my life has been proving people wrong.”
“There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them ‘not being able to follow their sporting passions and dreams’.
“I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow people to follow their aspirations and dreams.”

Deirdre ridden to victory by Oisin Murphy
Photo: John Simpson

Earlier at the meeting, history was also made when Japanese trainer Mitsuru Hashida, saddled up Deirdre to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Settled off the pace by Oisin Murphy when Mehdaayih and Hermosa set a demanding gallop, the five-year-old stayed on powerfully to mark up a significant overseas win.

Jockey Oisin Murphy guided the five-year-old home to a great victory as Dettori and Mehdaayih came in second.


Impressive Goodwood double for Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori  had an impressive win in the Qtar Goodwood Cup Stakes- a Group1 two mile race in the British Champions Series at Goodwood yesterday on good going.

The 48-year-old partnered Stradivarius, the 4/5 favourite trained by John Gosden,  to an impressive victory in the race. He snatched the win by a neck from 11-2 runner-up shot  Dee Ex Bee at 11-2, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

It was the third consecutive year that Tradivarius had won this race.

Stradivarius stars again in Goodwood Cup with Frankie Dettori Photo courtesy of Goodwood.

Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by James Doyle was third.

There was a quick double for Frankie Dettori for he also won the following race for trainer John Quinn on board 15-8 favourite Cobra Eye, beating Fuwayit- a Mark Johnston-trained runner sent off at 8-1.
It meant an 11th Group One victory for Dettori in 62 days. He continued his impressive form as he won the Sussex Stakes on Too Darn Hot at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The John Gosden-trained evens favourite pulled clear under him in the final furlong to win from Circus Maximus and I Can Fly.

The three-year-old, owned by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was briefly trapped in a pocket but came through to win the mile prize comfortably.




Raceday to raise funds for Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, based at Slinfold in West Sussex, is continuing its outstanding work to retrain and rehabilitate ex-racehorses so that they can go on to a useful life outside racing.
In order to fund the ongoing cost of retraining the deserving horses in its care, a Raceday supporting Moorcroft is to be held at Lingfield Park Racecourse, on Saturday September 14.  There will be a three-course lunch in the Pavilion Restaurant along with an auction of great prizes.
The centre, where Mary Frances oversees the retraining of ex-racehorses in its care, is a registered charity with an ongoing mission to reschool and rehabilitate these horses so they have a real chance of a second career outside racing.
Moorcroft is renowned for the high standard of its work- and fundraising is essential to enable it to continue. When retrained, these horses go on to enjoy a happy life beyond racing. They are retrained and rehabilitated at Moorcroft before going on to suitable new homes.

Long reining demonstration at Moorcroft  show casing work done at  this centre                                                                                        Photo: Mark Beaumont

It promises to be an excellent day out, with some of Moorcroft’s retrained ex-racehorses parading in the paddock before racing starts.  This enables racegoers to see first hand the impressive results achieved by the charity, giving ex-racehorses the opportunity go on to new and caring homes in the future.  To book your place, please contact Mary on  07929 666408.

Dandy Boy, impressively retrained by Moorcroft, parading at a past Plumpton Raceday           Photo: Jeannie Knight

Also, there is a regular programme of events at Moorcroft, with demonstrations and open days, offering the chance to see first hand the outstanding work done at this centre. Visitors can see for themselves the important role Moorcroft plays in enabling horses leaving racing to be retrained and rehabilitated with the prospect of a happy future ahead in carefully vetted new homes.

Please support this Raceday and help achieve funds to ensure Moorcroft’s vital work continues on into the future, enabling ex-racehorses to be successfully rehomed.
In addition Moorcroft can help with schooling ex-racehorses short-term or with veterinary advice regarding ex-racehorses.  Please call Mary Frances on 07929 666408 for any help or information needed, or contact her at:

Two Nicholls runners to contest Galway Plate

Paul Nicholls is sending two runners over to Ireland to contest the Galway Plate, which takes place on Wednesday, July 31. He is hoping for better success this time with both  Modus and Black Corton being targeted at the €300,000 prize.

He had finished seventh with 10-1 chance Caid Du Berlais in his last attempt at landing this handicap race, sponsored by the Tote, in 2014.

He has revealed that these two  horses will both contest the Plate this year.

Bryony Frost will partner eight-year-old Black Corton, who recently ran in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot. Paul Nicholls said he had run Black Corton at Ascot recently, because it was an opportunity for him to run after Sandown before the Galway Plate.

Winning rider Bryony Frost
Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Nicholls said of his gutsy eight-year-old: “It was a hard task for Black Corton at Ascot but it was the chance to get a run in after Sandown and he ran as well as could be expected.

Galway manager Michael Moloney welcomed the prospect of further overseas runners taking up the challenge for the race which has seen an increase in prize money of €50,000 since last year.

He said: “Always around this time of year there’s a little bit of interest from overseas and we try to contact them to put it in the front of their minds.

“With huge prize money for the 150th running of the Galway Plate, we’d be hopeful of attracting runners over and it’s great to hear that Paul is targeting the race. It adds an extra dimension.”

As the quality of the race increases, life has become more difficult for smaller stables to have a runner in the chasing highlight of the festival – something Galway has attempted to address this year.



Enable faces Sandown rematch with Magical

Enable, winner of the Arc twice,  is likely to face a rematch with Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Magical on her return in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

The seven-time Group 1 winner, who made a winning reappearance in the September Stakes last year, is unbeaten in her last nine starts and will be partnered by regular rider Frankie Dettori.

Enable and Frankie Dettori
Photo courtesy of Reuters

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical will have the benefit of race fitness having run four times this season, most recently when second to Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The eight-runner field also includes Regal Reality, an impressive winner of the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, whose rider will be Kerrin McEvoy,  as well as Dante winner Telecaster, and Lockinge hero Mustashry.

It is an impressive line-up, which looks set to create some exciting action.

English Derby placings contend today’s Irish Derby

The Irish Derby is the key race today, Saturday and the three runners which were virtually in a blanket finish in the Epsom equivalent will again be in opposition.

The quartet of Anthony Van Dyck, Madhmoon , Japan and Broome were separated by the narrowest of margins in a breathtaking finish in the English race, with Anthony Van Dyck ridden by Seamie Heffernan and trained by Aidan O’Brien,taking the race by half a length from Madhmoon.

Madhmoon – could this be his day?
Photo: courtesy of John Simpson

The latter, trained by Kevin Prendergast, did not have a clear run in closing stages and had to be switched. Given a good run, he has a chance of reversing the English one-two.

Meanwhile Anthony Van Dyck has the advantage of having achieved a good victory over talented rivals.  Also he appears to act on any going and has Ryan Moore in the saddle. He has a good turn of foot.

Japan, ridden by Wayne Lordan and trained  by A P O’Brien, was another close contender, beaten into third place in the English Derby by the smallest of distances-a nose, even though his rider dropped his whip 100 yards out.

Meanwhile Broome was a short head further  back in fourth place.

There is all to play for today  in what should be a fascinating race.