Craig Williamson appointed Regional Estates Manager for Jockey Club Racecourses in the London Region

Epsom Downs will have a new but familiar face in charge of the preparation of the racing surface for this year’s Investec Derby Festival. Craig Williamson, previously Estates Manager at SandownPark, has  been appointed to the new position of Regional Estates Manager, with overall responsibility for the condition of the three courses within the London Region. His predecessor at Epsom Downs, Nigel Whybrow, has taken up a new position as Training Grounds Manager there, responsible for the operation and development of the training industry in…

Cameron Highland set for Goodwood return

Cameron Highland is on course to start his season on the final day of the May Festival at Goodwood, Saturday, May 25, in either the £40,000 Listed 32Red Festival Stakes over just short of 10 furlongs (2.05pm) or the £40,000 Listed Tapster Stakes (4.10pm) over 12 furlongs. The son of Galileo, who is trained in Newmarket by Roger Varian, disappointed when last seen out in the Group Three Arc Trial at Newbury in September but had previously landed a Listed contest at Windsor by four…

The Confessor returns for opening day of the May Festival on Thursday

The Confessor bids to enhance his enviable Goodwood record in the £20,000 Wright Joinery Company Handicap (3.10pm, 19 entries) over seven furlongs, the feature handicap on day one, Thursday, May 23, of the three-day May Festival. Henry Candy’s charge has yet to finish out of the first three in five visits to the West Sussex course and captured a seven-furlong handicap, the Harwoods Racing Club Handicap, at Glorious Goodwood in early August last year. He followed up that victory with a gallant third in the…

Unbeaten Dawn Approach among 24 remaining in Investec Derby

The unbeaten Dawn Approach features in 24 colts going forward in the 2013 Investec Derby, the premier Classic run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1. Dawn Approach has already annexed the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and will be attempting to become the 38th horse to win both Classics. A son of the 2008 Investec Derby hero New Approach, Dawn Approach is the evens favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the 2013 Investec Derby Festival. His trainer…

Hat-trick seeking Abbey heads 12 in Investec Coronation Cup

St Nicholas Abbey is set to try and create history by becoming the first horse to win the Investec Coronation Cup three times. The Aidan O’Brien-trained six-year-old heads the 12 entries remaining after the May 14 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, in the 2013 renewal of the Group One contest, which takes place over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 1. St Nicholas Abbey beat the high-class mare Midday by a length in…

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