Mrs Danvers storms to Weatherbys Super Sprint glory in front of record crowd

Local trainer Jonathan Portman saw a long-term plan come to fruition as Mrs Danvers (above) gained a decisive victory in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (4.10pm), as a crowd of 19,760, a record for this fixture beating the previous highest by almost 5,000, attended Simply Red on Weatherbys Super Sprint Day at Newbury on Saturday, July 16. The two-year-old grey filly, 9/2 joint-favourite for the five-furlong feature following a pair of victories on soft ground, revelled on the good to firm going as she took…

Harrison to be given Ladbrokes St Leger entry

Entries for the world’s oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, close at noon on Tuesday, July 19. The entries will be revealed 24 hours later on Wednesday, July 20. Staged over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, the Ladbrokes St Leger was first run in 1776 and this year’s renewal, the 240th running, is worth a record £700,000 (up from £650,000 in 2015). The Ladbrokes St Leger takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, September 10, the fourth and final day of the 2016…

Unbeaten Mrs Danvers steps up to Newbury’s Weatherbys Super Sprint on Saturday

Newbury Racecourse stages Simply Red live on Weatherbys Super Sprint Day this Saturday, July 16, with a fabulous seven-race card, headed by the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (4.10pm) over five furlongs.   First run in 1991, this unique contest for two-year-olds offers fantastic prize money down to 10th place and is restricted to horses sold or bought in at public auction for £50,500 or less.   A maximum field of 25 was revealed today with Yorkshire-based trainer Richard Fahey, who has won two of the…

Take Cover on course for another crack at Goodwood’s Qatar King George Stakes

  Evergreen sprinter Take Cover is set to make a fourth appearance at the Qatar Goodwood Festival when he bids for a second victory in the £300,000 Group Two Qatar King George Stakes on Friday, July 29.   The nine-year-old, trained in South Yorkshire by David Griffiths, has a marvellous record at Goodwood. He captured the five-furlong contest in 2014 and went down by a head to Muthmir (William Haggas) in last year’s renewal. He was also beaten a nose in the consolation race for…

Sky Bet continues to support Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival and backs new Ray Gilpin Challenge

  Sky Bet’s “Magnificent Seven” will lock horns for the fourth time at the 2016 Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival.   The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, now its ninth year, starts at Ripon on Saturday, July 16 and concludes at Pontefract on Sunday, July 24, with key supporter Sky Bet aiming to raise another substantial sum for charity during the nine-day extravaganza.   Sky Bet donated £6,000 to good causes after the 2015 Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival and will be…

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