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,…

Weights for John Smith’s Grand National revealed on Tuesday, February 12

The countdown to this year’s John Smith’s Grand National continues on Tuesday, February 12, when the annual launch is held in London and includes the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase. A total of 83 entries remain in the famous handicap chase and, with a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National is the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. This year’s John Smith’s Grand National takes place on Saturday, April 6,…

Leading jockeys at The Festival

ch2013mg7final Ruby Walsh, the record holder, enjoyed two winners at The Festival in 2012 as did A P (Tony) McCoy, the 17-time champion Jump jockey, but it was Barry Geraghty, who landed the Thomas Pink Award for being the most successful rider over the four days in March with five victories, Geraghty’s total number of winners at The Festival jumped to 25, putting him in third place among current jockeys and equal third since 1945. He also enjoyed five victories at The Festival when leading…

84 for 2013 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree

The 166th running of the world’s greatest chase, the John Smith’s Grand National, has attracted a high-class entry of 84, an increase of two on the 2012 figure. With a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National remains the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. The Aintree contest will take place over the new distance of four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards on Saturday, April 6, with the start moved closer to the first…

Henderson quintet heads 40 entries for Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

ch2013mg1final The countdown to The Festival 2013 heats up today with the unveiling of the entries for the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15 and boasts a record prize fund of £550,000 (up from £500,000 in 2012). A total of 40 entries have been received for chasing’s Blue Riband, which takes place over an extended three and a quarter miles, with Nicky Henderson responsible for five contenders. The master of Seven Barrows looks to hold…

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