Patrick O’Donnell triumphs in new apprentice award at Newbury

Patrick O’Donnell, apprentice to Ralph Beckett at Kimpton Down Stables in Andover, clinched the inaugural Conundrum & Newbury Racecourse Champion Apprentice Award at the course’s final Flat meeting of the season last weekend. The award, introduced for the 2015 season and sponsored by Conundrum Consulting, rewards the apprentice who rides the most winners during the season at Newbury, with a first prize of £1,250 up for grabs. O’Donnell rode Lear’s Rock to victory in the Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Handicap Stakes on Friday, October…

Entries for Paddy Power Gold Cup & StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle close tomorrow

Entries for the two feature contests of The Open at Cheltenham close tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27. The £160,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup and the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle take place during the three-day meeting, which runs from Friday, November 13 through to Sunday, November 15 inclusive. Staged over two and a half miles, the Paddy Power Gold Cup is always one of the most eagerly-anticipated handicap chases of the season and was last year won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Caid Du…

Hughes bidding for first Cheltenham win on day two of The Showcase

Lambourn trainer Jo Hughes is hoping Silver Man can provide her with a first Cheltenham winner in the £50,000 winner.co.uk Trophy Handicap Chase (3.20pm) on day two of The Showcase, Saturday, October 24. Silver Man enjoyed an excellent summer campaign, scoring at Market Rasen and Aintree, before a good second to Shuil Royale in the Listed Summer Cup over three and a quarter miles at Uttoxeter in June. The lightly-raced eight-year-old returned from a two-month break to finish second to Weather Babe in a three-mile…

Cumani hoping step down in trip will suit Koora in Worthington’s Victoria Club Stakes on Newbury’s Flat finale

Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday concludes Newbury’s Flat racing season this Saturday, October 24. A terrific eight-race programme features two Group Three contests – the £70,000 Worthington’s Victoria Club Stakes (2.25pm, 9 runners), over a mile and a half for three-year-olds and upwards plus the £45,000 Worthington’s Whizz Kidz Stakes (1.50pm, 11 runners), run over seven furlongs for two-year-olds. Godolphin’s Romsdal (John Gosden/William Buick) heads the declared runners for the Worthington’s Victoria Club Stakes. The four-year-old was third in the 2014 Derby and runner-up in the…

Informative bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting on the cards

All eyes will be on Wetherby next week when the West Yorkshire racecourse stages the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. The two-day meeting offers a feast of high-quality action, headlined by the £100,000 Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase and the £40,000 Grade Two bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle. Run over three miles, the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase is the first major target for the top staying chasers and boasts a roll of honour featuring Wayward Lad (1983 &…

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