Return to seven furlongs expected to suit Yafta in Ladyswood Stud-sponsored Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday

Newbury Racecourse stages Ladies Day with Rudimental this Saturday, August 18, when the highlight is the £150,000 G2 Ladyswood Stud Hungerford Stakes (3.35pm) over seven furlongs. Ladyswood Stud, a 90-acre establishment situated on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border near Malmesbury, owned by Alex Frost, is sponsoring the Hungerford Stakes for the first time in 2018. Sir Dancealot (David Elsworth) is the form horse among the 18 confirmations. He finished fourth in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 14 before getting up on the nod to…

Land Force and Sergei Prokofiev among entries for Newbury’s Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

  A total of 63 entries are unveiled today for the G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, Saturday, September 22. The six-furlong contest for two-year-olds boasts an excellent roll of honour, with star miler Ribchester (2015) and champion sprinter Harry Angel (2016) among the recent winners. Aidan O’Brien has yet to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes. Britain’s and Ireland’s champion trainer has made eight entries include Land Force, winner of…

Peckham hoping Kestrel can fly on Dream Lodges Summer Raceday at Newbury tomorrow

Newbury Racecourse stages the inaugural Dream Lodges Summer Raceday tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7, with a seven-race card commencing at 1.45pm. The gates open at noon. The highlight is the £11,500 Woodlands Park East Sussex Handicap (3.25pm) over the straight mile, for which a field of seven has been declared. Newmarket handler George Peckham saddles Kestrel Dot Com (Tom Queally) in tomorrow’s Newbury feature, who returns to Britain following two runs in Bahrain for his owner Fawzi Naas. The six-year-old Oasis Dream gelding was formerly trained by Chris…

Coakley hoping to go one better at Newbury on Thursday

Newbury’s popular series of summer evening fixtures concludes this Thursday, July 26, with a seven-race card starting at 5.35pm plus the course’s first summer cider festival. One of the highlights on the track is the £10,400 Relyon Cleaning Newbury Handicap (7.15pm, seven runners) over 10 furlongs for three-year-olds. Scarlet Dragon won this race in 2016 before going on to valuable handicap successes at York and Newmarket later in the season. Several leading yards are represented including John Gosden’s. The Newmarket trainer runs top-weight Dive For Gold (Robert…

Double delight for Hannon as 16/1 chance Ginger Nut proves tough in feature Weatherbys Super Sprint

Richard Hannon enjoyed a tremendous Weatherbys Super Sprint Day at Newbury on Saturday, July 21, as the Wiltshire trainer recorded a big-race double with Ginger Nut and Yafta. A sell-out crowd of 20,000 was on hand to see an excellent seven-race card, with acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig David delighting racegoers after racing as part of the first “Party In The Paddock” of Newbury’s 2018 season. Hannon’s father Richard snr became synonymous with the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.35pm) thanks to his record seven wins in the feature five-furlong contest…

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