First race to be named in honour of departing Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood on Betway Challow Hurdle Day

The end of an era will be reached at Newbury on Saturday, December 29, Betway Challow Hurdle Day, when Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood officiates at the track for the final time – 99 years after the first member of the Osgood family joined the racecourse staff. The day will be marked with the first race being renamed in his honour as the Betway ‘Farewell to Richard Osgood’ Juvenile Hurdle. Richard was born and bred on the racecourse site, becoming assistant to his father…

Hawke hoping for Royale day on St James’s Place Christmas Raceday at Newbury tomorrow

Newbury Racecourse stages its penultimate fixture of 2018 tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19, St James’s Place Christmas Raceday. The seven-race programme runs from 12.30pm through to 3.45pm. Mares take centre stage, with the most valuable contest of the afternoon being the £27,500 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares’ Chase (2.15pm) over just short of three miles. The Nigel Hawke-trained Pearl Royale, who will be ridden by Danny Cook, made a stylish return to action when making all under the same rider to land a Listed contest at Carlisle…

Angels Breath out to give Henderson another Sky Bet Supreme Trial success at Ascot on Friday

Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” moves on to Ascot this Friday, December 21, for the £35,000 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (1.55pm, 13 entries). The two-mile G2 contest, the hurdling highlight of the six-race card, boasts a fabulous roll of honour, featuring stars such as Call Equiname, Make A Stand, Monsignor and Yanworth. Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in Ascot’s Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle, with five victories since 1994 including Claimantakingforgan last year. The champion jump trainer has two entries…

Call Me Lord & Jolly’s Cracked It among 27 for Saturday’s feature Betfair Exchange Trophy

Top-weight Call Me Lord heads 27 five-day confirmations for the feature £150,000 G3 Betfair Exchange Trophy (3.35pm) at Ascot this Saturday, December 22, day two of the Christmas Racing Weekend. The two-mile contest is among the most valuable handicap hurdles staged in Britain, bettered only by the £155,000 G3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February. Call Me Lord (11st 12lb, 14/1 with Betfair), one of three remaining entries for champion jump trainer Nicky Henderson, has yet to race this season and was last seen out when defeating…

Frodon creates history with brilliant Caspian Caviar Gold Cup victory today at Cheltenham

Frodon became only the second dual winner of the G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm) with a tremendous weight-carrying performance in the feature £130,000 handicap chase on day two of The International at Cheltenham. The six-year-old, who captured the extended two and a half mile contest in 2016, provided trainer Paul Nicholls with a record fifth victory in the race and emulated his stable-companion Poquelin, who won in 2009 and 2010. Top-weight Frodon (11st 12lb), runner-up in the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at The November…

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