Atzeni to miss Guineas meeting

Jockey Andrea Atzeni cannot ride at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket next weekend after his appeal against a six-day ban was rejected.

The 28-year-old jockey was banned by stewards after they found him guilty of using the whip on four occasions in the wrong place aboard the Alan King-trained Beringer, when  winning a mile handicap at the Craven meeting.

Jockey Andrea Atzini
Photo: John Simpson

The appeal, held at BHA headquarters in London on Friday, was heard by a disciplinary panel which was shown video evidence of the four whip strikes which occurred in the closing stages of the race.

BHA interim head of regulation Andrew Howell presented the regulator’s case, using video evidence to identify the four offending strikes, all of which occurred inside the final two furlongs.

He argued that strikes four, five, six and seven were not on the horse’s quarters and that the jockey’s arm was not extended and the whip could be seen running down the back of the runner’s number cloth.

“While accepting the charge of improper use of the whip, Atzeni, who was represented in his appeal against the severity of the penalty by solicitor Rory Mac Neice, sought a ‘proportional’ two-day reduction to the ban on the grounds he was trying to correct the four-year-old from hanging left and it was only by accident that he made contact with the winner’s midriff.

Following a 30-minute deliberation, the panel, while accepting Atzeni’s mitigations, found in favour of the raceday stewards’ and upheld the six-day punishment. The rider misses rides from May 2-7 which includes the Guineas weekend.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Buy tickets now for Glorious Goodwood’s racing week

Horseracing has been a part of Goodwood since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport for the amusement of local army officers.

Fast forward 200 years and Goodwood’s racing season now consists of 19 unique racedays, including the flagship event, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

The opening day of the new season, not to be missed,  is on Saturday May 4, while the highlight of 2019 at Goodwood is the Qtar Goodwood Festival from July 30 until August 3.

With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, The Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the flat-racing season.

Qatar Goodwood Festival has top class racing and attracts record attendances
Photo: George Gunn

Elegant fashion combines with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.

On Ladies Day, Thursday, the Magnolia Cup is a major attraction, with amateur women riders from the world of celebrities competing against each other to win this annual event, which raises significant sums for charity.

Line-up for a previous Magnolia Cup
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Last year, eleven inspirational ladies burst through the stalls and raced across the course in a flash of colourful, bespoke silks.

None were professional jockeys, some of them had never even sat on a horse in their lives prior to a few months previously – but their resilience and determination shone through in support of Cancer Research UK.

This renowned charity event traditionally sees riders who are the leading women of business, sport, fashion, medicine and media take part in the opening race of Ladies’ Day, at one of the most exciting and glamorous horseracing events in the world.

Last year, the race was won by Katie Forrest, who lives in Chiddingfold in Surrey riding Hurricane Henry, trained near Chiddingfold by George Baker.

Her win in the race. which has raised more than £1.2m for charity since its inception eight years ago, was most appropriate, for her father, Tim, had been suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment. He and his wife Susie were at Goodwood to witness their daughter’s triumph.

Order your tickets now for Glorious Goodwood at https://ticketing.goodwood.com

 

 

Rain eases Aintree ground

Rain overnight has led to a change in the going on Aintree’s Grand National course for the three-day meeting starting on Thursday. A new going report has been issued, saying the ground is now good to soft, and soft in places.

A total of 10mm of rain fell on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which also resulted in the Mildmay and Hurdle courses easing to good to soft.   It was said to be good to soft, soft in places on the National course.

But Aintree officials said they were ‘very happy’ with the course, which could dry out quickly and expected conditions to be good for the big meeting.

Defi Du Seuil (left) in impressive action
Photo John Simpson

One fancied runner has been ruled out of running at Aintree on Thursday. Cheltenham Festival winner Defi Du Seuil will not run after knocking a joint in a routine piece of work at trainer Philip Hobbs’ yard.

The six-year-old winner of the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham  was widely fancied to gain another prestigious victory in the Devenish Nutrition Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday.

His trainer, Philip Hobbs said that despite this Aintree disappointment, he hoped Defi Du Seuil would recover quickly from what he described as ‘ a very minor setback’, and would would  able to run at Fairyhouse over the Easter weekend later this month in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup.

 

Goodwood and Stockholm racing bonus scheme

Goodwood Racecourse and Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, are delighted to announce a new bonus scheme to encourage horses to compete at both racecourses.

This exciting partnership will allow owners with horses competing in either country the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of running their horse at either the Qatar Goodwood Festival or The Stockholm Cup Day at Bro Park, two of Europe’s premier race meetings.

Goodwood launches new scheme with Bro Park Racecourse Stockholm

Any horse which wins a qualifying race at Bro Park on Stockholm Stora Day, Sunday 16th June, will be entitled to free travel and entry to a reciprocal race at The Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 20 to August 3.

In a reciprocal arrangement, any horse winning certain races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival will gain free travel and entry to selected races at the Stockholm Cup meeting  on September 22  2019.

Dennis Madsen, Head of Racing, Svensk Galopp, commented; ‘It’s a huge honour for Swedish horse racing to be associated with Goodwood Racecourse. However, we would not have accepted the relationship unless we thought we had something to offer towards it. It’s a great opportunity for Swedish owners to travel aboard and get a unique experience and, obviously, we believe we can give something back to British owners who want to run their horses at the valuable Stockholm Cup meeting.’

Ed Arkell, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bro Park and Svensk Galopp. This is a wonderful opportunity for Swedish owners to experience the unique charm of The Qatar Goodwood Festival and, equally, for British owners to run at Sweden’s most prestigious and valuable meeting.’

David Menuisier, trainer of last year’s Stockholm Cup winner, Thundering Blue, said: ‘This is a great initiative by Goodwood and Bro Park. We were looked after brilliantly at Bro Park last year and it is a really well run racecourse. We will certainly look to support this initiative and would encourage others to do so and experience racing in Sweden.”

Roy Arne Kvisla, top trainer at Bro Park and in Scandinavia in 2018: “This can be a great opportunity for us to broaden our views. It is normally costly to go on a long journey with the horses, but this is a golden opportunity to do so. Goodwood is a great racecourse and the track is very fair. If I have the right horse, I will be happy to go.”

 

Fontwell double for Moore family

FONTWELL Park’s latest jump meeting saw the Moore family back in good form, with trainer Gary Moore winning the opening handicap hurdle with Twenty Twenty, a lightly raced four-year-old, ridden by son Joshua Moore.

He beat the Emma Lavelle-trained favourite, Celtic Joy, sent off at 9-2, by just over a length.

A double followed when his other son, Jamie Moore, won the Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs with 9-4 joint  favourite Waikiki Waves, beating the other joint favourite New Millennium, trained by Phillip Hobbs and ridden  by Richard Johnson,  by just under three lengths.

First race winner Twenty Twenty ridden by Josh Moore Photo courtesy Fontwell Park Racecourse

Runners sent out at Fontwell or Plumpton  by trainer Linda Jewell, who is based at Sutton Valence, Kent, can always be respected.

This raceday was no exception, for she saddled up an 18-1 surprise when Ullrightharry won the Handicap Chase of the day over three miles two furlongs, ridden  by Brendan Powell. He beat 2-1 favourite Newtown Lad, trained by Michael Scudamore  by just over three lengths.

In the maiden hurdle over two miles three furlongs, trainer Phillip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson combined for Le Ligerien’s first win over obstacles. Sent off as 2-11 favourite,  Le Ligerien won by a comfortable 15 lengths and should go on to further victories.

Phillip Hobbs was another trainer in double form, for he also sent out 5-1 shot Victarion to win the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle of the day, ridden by Richard Johnson, by one-and-a-half lengths from Gary Moore’s runner, Deebaj.

Winner Victarion, provided a double for trainer by Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Trainer Linda Jewell won the opening handicap chase over three miles two furlongs with seven-year-old gelding Uallrightharry, ridden by Brendan Powell.

The winning horse has been carefully brought on with three hurdle races before he was switched to chasing, where he clearly has a good future. He was fourth on his initial outing over fences last month and should go on to more successes over larger obstacles.

Somerset trainer Jack Barber was in winning form, sending out seven-year-old French bred Shintori to victory in the two mile three furlongs handicap chase, ridden  by Nick Scholfield. He beat runner-up Truckers Tangle, trained by Alexandra Dunn, with Jamie Moore riding, by three quarters of a length.

A promising runner for the future was revealed in the National Hunt Flat Race at the end of the meeting. Only Money, a 6-1 shot trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon beat Milkwood, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Robert Dunne, by just under three lengths.

Milkwood put in a good performance, having had a wind operation recently, and should go on to reward connections in the future.

Fontwell Park’s next meeting is on Friday April 12 with an Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday when gates open at noon.