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British Dressage rider Carl Hester competing at the Olympics Photo: Georges Souvier

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Plumpton charity raceday for IJF

Don’t miss Plumpton Charity Raceday on Wednesday February 13 when all proceeds will go to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Highly competitive racing plus a Spacehopper race featuring jockeys will be enjoyed by all racegoers, while there will also be a charity lunch in the marquee for racegoers who want to support the Injured Jockeys Fund further.

Enjoy great racing, lunch and afternoon tea, raffle and auction and the Grand Hop Gold Cup race.

This space hopper race will feature jockeys past and present and takes place down the home straight before racing.

Meet some of the jockeys riding or hopping on the day and enjoy a relaxed day of racing at this picturesque friendly racecourse.

Tickets just £100 to include; admission, racecard, lunch, wine and afternoon tea.

For lunch tickets, call  Mandie at Injured Jockeys Fund on 01638 676219





Quality racing at Plumpton’s Sussex National day

PLUMPTON racecourse not only attracted a good crowd yesterday, but racegoers had the opportunity to see a top class performance from top French hurdler, Master Dino, when he won the two mile three furlongs novice chase in fine style under Daryl Jacob.

The four-year-old, trained by Guillaume Macaire at Les Mathes, France, was last year’s French champion four-year-old hurdler. He has switched to fences in winning style, and was sent off at 6-1.

Master Dino en route to victory
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

The race, over 2m3½f was part of Plumpton’s bonus scheme, and attracted a classy field, including  Colin Tizzard’s Slate House, impressive Newbury winner, Knocknanuss, Glenloe – Gordon Elliott’s first runner at Plumpton, and Slate House sent out by Colin Tizzard.

Gary Moore’s Knockanuss was second, seven lengths further back at 9-4, with Alan King’s Good Man Pat another seven lengths behind in third under Wayne Hutchinson.

Master Dino is now eligible for a £60,000 bonus if he can win a chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His next target is likely to be the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown.

French bred Duc Kauto, a runner in the two and a half mile chase for trainer Colin Tizzard, ridden by Harry Cobden, impressed with the way he kept on under pressure in the closing stages. The six-year-old beat Gary Moore’s Zante, with Neil King’s Leeside Lady in third.

Trainer Neil King
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The opening Novice Hurdle race was won by 10-11 favourite Brandon King, trained by Neil King and ridden by in-form Bryony Frost.  The winner finished seven lengths clear of Knockanuss, sent off at 7-1, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon. Alan King’s Good Man Pat was third, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson.

The feature race- the Sussex National- went to 11-8 favourite The Two Amigos, a dual winner over fences earlier this year for Somerset  trainer Nicky Martin. Nicky had been concerned that drying ground might not be in her runner’s favour, but the seven-year-old gelding did her proud.

The Two Amigos  Photo: John Simpson


Under a good ride from Matt Griffiths , he  came home clear of runner-up Calin Du Brizais, trained  by Colin Hawke, ridden by Tom Cannon. Third place was filled by the Peter Bowen-trained Pearl Swan, ridden by Sean Bowen, 21 lengths further back.

The Alan King-trained Good Man Pat stayed on well to take third under Wayne Hutchinson on his first start over fences, seven lengths adrift of runner-up Knocknanuss.

Slate House came home fourth, ahead of JP McManus-owned pair of Glenloe, who had plenty to do when blundering away any chance at the 11th on his chasing debut, and 33-1 outsider of the six Onefortheroadtom, who brought up the rear.

Support Plumpton’s first Wednesday fixture of 2019 on January 16 for the Timeform Raceday, a proper national hunt fixture.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

After all the excitement over the festive period, there is quality midweek action at Plumpton with some good racing, featuring the class 3 Handicap Chase worth over £11k for 10 year olds and above.

Two novice hurdle races and some old favourites  will be alongside some stars of the future like Dawson City- a Plumpton winner in 2015 before taking the Devon National in February 2018.

Gates Open – 11:30

First Race – 13:30

Last Race – 16:10

.Plumpton now has the newly increased size of the Southdown Bar and with a new café area (serving hot and cold foods, as well as bean to cup coffee), new bar and extra seating – no matter the weather you can enjoy a fantastic day with us. There are plenty of other food and bar outlets as well as our fantastic catering vans with hog roast, burgers and noodles all available to keep you warm and enjoy your day.

Tickets are available from just £13 per person and this is a day you can get up close and see all the action as it unfolds perfectly.


ARC takes stock on funding review

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) today confirms that the racecourse group will not ‘unlock’ qualifying races across its race programme from Monday February 11 2019 onwards.  This decision is a direct reflection of the current retail betting media rights landscape.

Following a tripartite funding review in 2017 between BHA, RCA and the Horsemen’s Group, a new mechanism by which funding is distributed was developed which required investment in certain races to ‘unlock’ enhanced prize money allocation, including the Race Incentive Fund  and the Appearance Money Scheme  which extends prize money payments to placed horses.

Competitive racing on all weather tracks thanks to Arena Racing Company and sponsors

Due to the nature of ARC’s race programme, this represents 3,406 races and £3 million per annum in extra executive contribution. ARC’s total commitment to prize money for 2019 will be £15.3 million, still substantially up from £11.3 million in 2015.  Further reductions cannot be ruled out.

Martin Cruddace, Chief Executive Officer of ARC stated, “The British racing industry is today in a considerably different position than when we underwent the funding review of 2017 which came about as a direct result of the increase in Levy income to the sport, itself a result of the Levy being extended to cover online betting companies.

“This increase of approximately £40 million per annum to the Levy, through this extension to cover online operators was, to a large degree, a result of the Authorised Betting Partner policy adopted by British racing in 2016. ARC played a central role in leading and supporting this policy, albeit at the cost of some very significant sums in sponsorship agreements.

“At the time of the 2017 funding review it was agreed that the Race Incentive Fund and Appearance Money Scheme, paid for by these Levy increases, should be unlocked alongside further direct investment from racecourses.

“Today, however, the well-publicised impact of betting shop closures on racecourses’ media rights income has already started to take effect, and will only increase in the months and years to come.  As a result of this, ARC simply cannot continue to support our current levels of executive contribution to prize money and unlock all qualifying races, as was the case throughout 2018.

“We fully understand the importance of prize money across the industry, and do not take such a decision lightly.

“It is for this reason that we are working with the whole industry to review funding and the allocation of the substantial and hard won increased Levy income to support the prize money levels for grassroots racing that we have, until now, been able to provide.  It is therefore hoped, contingent on the support of our colleagues at the BHA and Horsemen’s Group, that owners and trainers who are kind enough to run their horses at our racecourses do not then see an appreciable difference.

“We completely accept the rationale behind the Government’s decision to reduce FOBT stakes to a maximum of £2 and we will continue to pursue a strategy to reflect the inescapable shift from retail to online as well as working with the retail betting industry.

Chairman of the Racecourse Association, Maggie Carver, said, “These are challenging financial times for Britain’s racecourses as the media rights landscape, in particular, has fundamentally shifted in recent months, so we can understand ARC’s decision.

“The RCA and its members will continue to work with Horsemen and the BHA to try to mitigate the situation as the funding environment evolves.”

New sponsorship for HOYS Puissance 2019

Kicking 2019 off to a flying start, Grandstand Media Ltd has been delighted to announce an exciting new sponsorship confirmed for the Puissance at HOYS 2019.

Ripon Select Foods and the Wood Family are thrilled to be taking on the sponsorship of the iconic Saturday evening showjumping class, which sees top riders display their precision, skill and bravery as they tackle the wall, reaching heights in excess of 7ft.

The Puissance for many is the highlight of the five-day show and was one of the original nine showjumping classes at the very first Horse of the Year Show in 1949. Now 70 years on and the class is still pulling in bumper crowds year on year, seeing many top names take on the wall.

HOYS Puissance action: Guy Williams, joint winner of the Puissance at HOYS 2018
Photo: Jullian Portch

Martin Wood, Director of Ripon Select Foods, commented: “As a family we compete in many horse classes from showing to showjumping and our sponsorship is a way of putting something back into the sport we love.

“As a business it’s a great way to get the company name out there and having personally seen the reaction of competitors when winning or even just competing at HOYS, which is one of the greatest horse shows in the world, is quite simply amazing.”

Event Director Emma Williams commented: “It is always an honour to welcome a new sponsorship agreement for the show. Having worked with the Wood Family and Ripon Select Foods for many years already through their support of the Supreme Horse Championship and the Children’s Riding Pony of the Year, I am delighted to see them step across to support one of the most popular showjumping classes we host at Horse of the Year Show. I look forward to continuing our partnership with them for 2019.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year from Octiber 2 – 6 2019 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham for another year of breathtaking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in February.

Club’s last 2018 event attracts bumper entries

Horsham and District Riding Club held their last competition for 2018 -Christmas Dressage with Entertainment, writes Marilyn Turner.  Bumper entries were received for this annual competition that has been running for around 30 years.

Morning classes included Intro to Elementary, and the afternoon featured  “That’s Entertainment,” of freestyle to music in either plain clothes or costume.  Lots of fun was had with amazing music and costumes.

Laura Durkan riding Bella,winner of the Novice Class 3 taken by Hannah Dore of LRG Photography Ltd.

A very big thank you  has gone to Carol Porter for organising it and to the judges, members, friends who helped throughout the day. Special prizes were donated by Jodie and Abi Sole for the best costume, and decorated horse in all classes, while the Ice Trophy for the Best Dressage to Music sponsored be Vanessa Jameson and Sharron Smallridge.

Class 1 Intro   1st, Promise of Spring ,Rea Mitchell, 2nd Wurzel,  Rebecca Halworth (best costume) 3rd Ben, Laura Durkan

Class 2 prelim 14 1st William and Karl Standing; 2nd Jilly and Laura Tullet 3rd Bella and  Laura Durkan, and Miranda Andrews won best costume.

Class 3 Novice :Bella, Laura Durkan 2nd Monister, Karl Standing 3rd Wilfian,  Karl Standing.

Class 4 Elem 1st Yana Anne Kendell   2nd Mista Clover Jayne White

Class 5 Music in Plain Clothes 1st Yana Anne Kendall 2Mista Clover Jayne White 3rd Shakespeares Romeo

Class 5 Single in Costume, 1st Karens Lad Abi Sole (Best costume) 2nd Malleo Anne Viltek 3rd Casper Sheri Parkes

Class 6 Pairs 1st Micheal Malander /Elise Gaylor Hot Spurs Tango ;2nd Tommy   Jane Silcox   Copperfield Ellie Maye Stella Gibbs Best costume.



All Weather Championships hotting up

Competition is hotting up in the bid to gain a free entry for the £1 million All Weather Championships  at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19 this year.

A six-race card at Wolverhampton this week on Wednesday January 2, includes a fast track qualifier with the £20,000 Ladbrokes Fillies’ Conditions Race at 2.50pm, where seven runners will race over seven furlongs.

The winner of this race is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Fillies and Mares Championships Conditions Race over the same distance on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park on the Championships Finals Day.

Lingfield Park all-weather finals promise top class racing Photo: ARC

Among the entries is Crossing The Line trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by David Probert, successful on four of her six starts as a three-year-old during 2018, while only being narrowly beaten on two other outings. She goes into tomorrow’s contest on a three-race winning streak.

By Cape Cross, she has turf wins at Chester and the Ebor Festival at York and went on to win a seven furlong handicap on polytrack surface at Chelmsford on December 6, beating the Dean Ivory-trained Lucymai by half a length.

Lucymai, ridden by Jack Duern, has seven wins to her credit on the all weather, with the latest in a seven furlong handicap at Chelmsford in August.

Another contender for the Lingfield race is Castle Hill Cassie, winner of a Listed race at Pontefract for trainer Ben Haslam, with Jason Watson riding, over course and distance on November 16.  She subsequently defeated the useful Ghazawaat by a head  in a fillies condition race over course and distance.

Castle Hill Cassie

Her trainer is based in Yorkshire and has been aiming Castle Hill Cassie for the All Weather Finals Day since September. She has been lightly raced so that she goes to the Wolverhampton race fresh, with a view to then being in top form for April.

He said: “The timescale has worked out quite nicely and she has not had to be too busy during the winter from a racing point of view. She goes there quite fresh with a view to being spot on for April.

“It will probably require a career-best to win , as she has to give 3lb to the rest of the field today, which means she is 4lb wrong with a couple of them. But on the flip side she will have that 3lb up her sleeve off level weights come April.

“After today, she is going to be covered by Zoustar at Tweenhills Stud, probably in late February or early March. Then she will run on Finals Day hopefully in foal to Zoustar. That will most likely be her swansong.

“She will also have an entry in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton Park, which takes place the day after Good Friday next year because Easter is so late.

“From the prize money point of view, it is a no-brainer to run at Lingfield, plus I also think the track and trip will suit her better. At the same time, if Kempton looked more winnable, from a breeding point of view it is more valuable.

“Hopefully, Lingfield Park will be her race, as I think it is an important race to support and strengthen.”

In-form trainer Mick Channon and jockey Charles Bishop are chasing successive victories in the Ladbrokes Fillies’ Conditions Race with Pattie, having taken the spoils 12 months ago with Summer Icon.

Wolverhampton’s six-race programme starts at 12.40pm and ends at 3.20pm

Don’t miss Plumpton’s Sussex National day

PLUMPTON Racecourse has plenty to offer in 2019, starting with the Sussex National Race, sponsored by Sky Sports Racing on Sunday January 6.

Gates open at this popular fixture at 10.30am, and the first race is at 12.40pm, with the last at 3.40pm. The big race itself is scheduled for 2.40pm and promises exciting action. With more than  £80,000 of prize money on offer and the big race itself worth more than £30,000, this day always attracts a good turnout of runners.

The maximum field size of 18 is often reached at this raceday, where the feature race itself is over 3 miles 4 ½ furlongs. Last year the race was won by favourite Vinnie Lewis, trained  by Harry Whittington.

But the race has sprung some surprises in the past, with Itoldyou winning for Linda Jewell at 11-1 in 2015 and the Gary Moore trained Reblis winning in 2014 at 5/1.

Sussex National winner Itoldyou with trainer Linda Jewell and jockey Tom Cannon in 2015
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There will be a competitive seven race card and the chance for some tips from Colin Brown and Dave Crosse before racing in the paddock. It will also be Plumpton’s first day on the Sky Sports Racing channel  there will be live music from the Wild Murphy’s in the Paddock Bar and some children’s entertainment.

A couple of hospitality boxes are still available, with balconies overlooking the course offering the chance to celebrate with family and friends. There are also two restaurants available on site, the Paddock Restaurant (limited availability) and Marquee Restaurant, both offering lunches, tables for the day and great vantage points of the action.

If it is just tickets you want, Plumpton offers a newly re-furbished Southdown Bar with increased seating, a new café and food outlet (including bean to cup coffee from a new local supplier, Back Yard coffee based in Ditchling, a new bar (also serving the aptly named “Crazy Horse” from our local brewery Hepworths), making this a great local day out.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tickets are available from just £16 when buying ten or more. All children under 18 come in FREE of charge with adults. There are  plenty of other food outlets, burger vans, coffee units and options on site so all racegoers will be well catered for.

Contact Plumpton Racecourse on 01273 890383 or on line at

Tickets in advance: Grandstand & Paddock Group (10+) – £16; & Paddock – £18 Brighton Bus – £5 (Leaves Brighton train station 1h30 before the first race, and leaves Plumpton 30 mins after the last race) Available until midnight on Friday 4th January.

On the Day: Grandstand & Paddock – £21 No group discount on the day, or concession prices.


Fontwell double for Moore and victory for Hier Encore

HORSHAM trainer Gary Moore was back in fine form at Fontwell Park’s Boxing Day meeting yesterday, when he saddled up a double, with both horses ridden by son Jamie.

It was triggered when Chivers, sent off 4-5 favourite, won  the two mile two furlong handicap chase in convincing style by 15 lengths from Sky Full Of Stars, trained by Chris Gordon, with Invicta Lake, trained by Suzy Smith, a further 11 lengths back in third place.

Chivers had shown little over hurdles, but his clearly has a decent future over fences, with the runner-up being a previous winner over the larger obstacles.

The double was completed for the Moore family, when previous Fontwell Park winner, Sussex Ranger, sent off 7-2 favourite, won the Southern Cranes and Training Division Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong

Sussex Ranger and Jamie Moore,pictured  with connections following an earlier win by Sussex Ranger at Fontwell Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

Sussex Ranger won comfortably by more than four lengths from 5-1 shot Monday Club, trained by Dominic Ffrench Davis, ridden by conditional jockey Alan Doyle.

The opening novices hurdle race saw a good win for newcomer On The Slopes, a four-year-old gelding owned by Skill Scaffolding Ltd, ridden to victory by Tom Cannon. The win came at the expense of previous hurdles winner Sky Full of Stars, trained by Jamie Snowden and owned by Mrs Carolyn Kendrick.

There was a good double on the day for amateur rider Rex Dingle, who gave Burgess Dream an excellent ride to win the handicap chase over three miles two furlongs for East Sussex trained Anna Newton- Smith. This talented rider previously won the opening handicap hurdle at the meeting with evens favourite Bonza Girl for trainer Jeremy Scott.

Hier Encore, trained by Nigel Dunger, well ridden by Harry Teal, en route to a decisive victory in the conditional jockeys race Photo courtesy Fontwell Park

Hier Encore made a winning return to racing at the meeting following a gap after previously being trained at Pulborough by David Menuisier. Entered in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, he was partnered to victory in the capable hands of claimer Harry Teal

The six-year-old gelding is now trained by Nigel Dunger at Pulborough. He unfortunately fell on his first outing for Nigel at the previous Fontwell meeting at the first obstacle, after being seriously hampered by another horse.

But there were no mistakes this time and he went on to win by a decisive 10 lengths under Harry Teal There should be more to come.

Strong entry for King George VI Chase

In-form trainer Nicky Henderson looks to be the one to follow at Kempton’s Boxing Day meeting, where the feature race is the prestigious King George VI Chase.

Last year’s winner of that race, Might Bite, trained by Henderson was an impressive winner and is also in this year’s field of 11 runners for  the big race, currently at 3-1.

Trainer Nicky Henderson Photo: John Simpson

He heads the field as the current favourite with the sponsors despite a disappointing return at Haydock last month where he finished at the back of the field but connections hope he can put that run behind him.

Another strong contender is Bristol De Mau, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, which won the Betfair Chase by four lengths. His trainer is hoping to win this Grade One contest for the first time.

Paul Nicholls, who has won this race nine times, cannot be discounted and his Grade Two winner, Politologue wull by running over three miles for the first time in this race. His other runner is a six-year-old- Clan Des Obeaux.

Colin Tizzard’s runners have been in good form recently and Native River, which won the Gold Cup is one of his two runners.

His other runner Thistlecrackthe 2016 32Red King George VI winner, will return to Kempton after a promising seasonal reappearance at Haydock where he finished third, just five and three-quarter lengths behind winner Bristol De Mai and stablemate Native River.

Trainer Colin Tizzard
Photo: John Simpson

The only Irish entry for this year’s race is  the Gordon Elliot trained Shattered Love, a mare which won the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and was last seen finishing runner up to Min at Punchestown earlier this month..

2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree holds his place in the race following an encouraging reappearance at Cheltenham last month finishing third.

This year’s King George VI Chase at Kempton is a very strong one and a case can be made for every horse in the race.