Exciting line up confirmed for third John Smith’s Aintree Legends Charity Race

Michael and Richard Hills, Kevin Darley and George Duffield join last year’s winner, Mick Kinane, in an elite group of classic winning flat jockeys taking on their jumping counterparts at Aintree.  Tony Dobbin also returns as 2011 champion for the John Smith’s Legends Race on Grand National Day which looks to be another competitive affair with nearly 17,000 career victories between the 12 jockeys.  The race is run on the flat over 1m 5f as the first race on the John Smith’s Grand National card…

Favourite Seabass given 11st 2lb in 2013 John Smith’s Grand National. Weights for £975,000 contest unveiled

The Ted Walsh-trained Seabass, who finished third in last year’s John Smith’s Grand National, has been allotted 11lb 2lb in the 166th running of the great chase, for which the weights are unveiled this morning. Betfred, betting partner at the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, make Seabass – who carried 10st 12lb in 2012 – one of their 14/1 co-favourites to go two places better this year and Walsh reports the 10-year-old to be bang on course for the £975,000 John Smith’s Grand National at…

Bonhams Men’s Open Race Point-to-Point Race series culminates with new contest at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening

The Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) and Cheltenham Racecourse are pleased to announce the inclusion of the 2013 Bonhams Men’s Open Race Point-to-Point Race Series in the 2013 Point-to-Point calendar, culminating in an exciting new contest at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening on May 1 Bonhams, a privately-owned British auction house which is one of the oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is delighted to join forces with Point-to-Pointing and link its name to a prestigious Men’s Open Race Series. The Series comprises of 15…

Gold Cup Day A Sell-out in Best Mate Enclosure

  There is now little over a month to go until the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 15, and the countdown intensified yesterday with the victories of leading contenders Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs respectively in the Denman Chase at Newbury and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Not surprisingly, tickets and badges for Gold Cup Day are proving popular and the Best Mate Enclosure is now sold out completely for March 15. There is still…

Closing date for writing awards for young people – Martin Wills Memorial Trust

Entries for the 21st annual Wills Writing Awards close on Thursday, February 28. The Awards are for creative writing around a horseracing theme by young people. There are prizes for the winner and runner-up in three categories – under 26s/19s/15s. The Awards, whose judges are chaired by Brough Scott for the 11th successive year, offer £3,125 in prizes, an expenses-paid day at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, and the opportunity for the winners to be published. Employees of the national and racing press,…

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