Riders of Markel Magnolia Cup 2024 announced

Markel Magnolia Cup

The 12 inspirational women riders that will ride in the Markel Magnolia Cup 2024 at Qatar Goodwood Festival, on Thursday 1 August have been announced. The Markel Magnolia Cup has raised a phenomenal £2.4 million for charitable causes since its inception. This year, the Markel Magnolia Cup will support My Sisters’ House, a West Sussex women’s centre. They support any self-identifying woman to improve their welfare and wellbeing, reducing their risk of domestic abuse and supporting recovery. Operating across two hubs, located in the Arun District and Chichester, a presence in the…

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Wathnan Racing declare two live chances at Newbury Racecourse

horses racing on grass

Qatari based, Wathnan Racing, have two live chances in Saturday’s Group 3 Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse following declarations on Thursday, April 18th 2024.  Ballymount Boy, trained by Adrian Keatley, will be ridden by Wathnan Racing retained jockey James Doyle and the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Mister Sketch is set to be partnered by champion jockey William Buick. The Classic trial, run over seven furlongs with a total prize fund of £90,000, is the feature race of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting. The race was full…

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Chester Racecourse announces newly named Trials Day

horse racing with jocket in pink and green silks for Chester Racecourse newly named Trials Day

Previously known as City Day, the newly named Trials Day will open the 2024 Chester Racecourse season at the Boodles May Festival on Wednesday, 8 May, placing a greater emphasis on the afternoon’s quality card of racing.  A springboard to Epsom and beyond, Trials Day features the running of the Weatherbys Cheshire Oaks (for fillies) and Boodles Chester Vase (for colts and geldings), two of three traditional Classic Trials held during the Boodles May Festival.     The races serve as indicators for The Oaks and The Derby at Epsom and are…

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Richard Johnson talks big-name horse ownership ahead of Grand National

Richard Johnson. Image By Citrus Zest - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7889624

Speaking to BoyleSports, who offer the latest Grand National Betting, four-time Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has praised the involvement of big-name horse ownership from the world of football. Despite being one of the most successful jumps jockeys of the 21st Century, Johnson never won the Grand National. He holds the record for the most rides without a winner, finishing as a runner-up in 2002 and 2014, and has also given his tips for the race this Saturday. Sir Alex Ferguson’s record-breaking purchase Caldwell Potter is expected to run on Grand…

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Paul Nicholls Aintree stable tour for the Randox Grand National 2024

Grand National Racecourse Image By Roger May, CC BY-SA 2.0 - to represent news article on the 2024 Grand National and Paul Nicholls

On the eve of one of the most talked-about weeks on the horse racing circuit, Paul Nicholls discusses with Betfair, the horses he has in his stables for the Randox Grand National Festival week, which kicks off on Thursday, 11th April. Thursday 11th April, Opening Day 1:45pm – The Close Brothers Manifesto novices’ Steeple Chase – Grade 1 Horse: Ginny’s Destiny He’s made giant strides since joining us this season, winning three times at Cheltenham before another cracking run when second to Grey Dawning in the Turners at the Festival.…

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Rachael Blackmore previews her day two rides at the Cheltenham Festival

Rachael Blackmore betfair image

Rachael Blackmore previews her day two rides at the Cheltenham Festival – with a big chance in the Cross Country Chase 2.10pm – Monty’s Star I am really looking forward to riding Monty’s Star in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase on Wednesday. He was good in winning his beginners’ chase on New Year’s Eve at Punchestown. His jumping was very good, and that will be a big asset here. He’s bred for it too, he’s a half-brother to Monalee, who finished second in this race in 2018. It’s a small…

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Frankie Dettori presented with giant retirement card

Frankie Dettori with giant farewell card

Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori was presented with a giant retirement card at Doncaster Racecourse following his final UK Classic race, the Betfred St Leger. Dettori, who rode 23 wins in UK Classic’s, finished second on 11/4 favourite Arrest in the Betfred St Leger before receiving his farewell card. Arrest would have cost the bookies a pretty penny if he’d won the St Leger as sponsors Betfred have worked out that the jockey has cost the bookmaking industry as a whole over £400 million in pay-outs across his previous 23 Classic…

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Willie Mullins Prepares for National Hunt Season

Willie Mullins prepares for national hunt. Image of a horse in race training

Despite the 2024 Cheltenham Festival still being some way off, preparations at the powerhouse yard of Willie Mullins are well underway ahead of the new National Hunt season.  The campaign doesn’t really come into the racing public consciousness until November with the Charlie Hall Steeplechase at Wetherby on the 4th, a race won last year by Cheltenham Gold Cup second Bravemansgame.  But the eyes are never far away from the Prestbury Park showpiece meeting next March, where tour de force Mullins is set to have another big say in proceedings. …

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Racing Fans Flock to Malton Open Day for Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Racing Welfare was the official charity for the Malton Open Day last weekend. Image of horse racing enthusiasts attending one of the stable yards in Newmarket

Over 1,000 racing fans attended ‘behind the scenes’ tours during the annual Malton Open Day on Sunday, September 10th 2023. The day saw 11 racehorse trainers open their yards to help raise funds for charity, Racing Welfare. Those trainers participating in the annual event included Richard Fahey, John Quinn and Tim Easterb. The star of the day was undoubtedly Julie Camacho’s dual Group 1-winner, Shaquille, who, despite performing unexpectedly below par at Haydock the day before, attracted a constant stream of visitors throughout the morning.  Speaking on the day, Julie…

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Queen Elizabeth II Exhibition Now Available Online

queen elizabeth II Royal Ascot images presented at Ascot Racecourse

Howden and Ascot racecourse has announced a Getty-curated online presentation using carefully selected images of Queen Elizabeth II as a way to mark the one-year anniversary of her death (Friday, September 8th 2023). Previously available to those who attended Royal Ascot in June this year, the now virtual exhibition completes a year-long commemoration dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II who demonstrated an enduring commitment to horse racing throughout her lifetime. The virtual exhibition will be available from September 8th to December 8th, 2023. This provides a chance for those who couldn’t view…

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