Betway Challow glory for Champ as outgoing Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood receives a fond farewell

Newbury Racecourse staged its final fixture of 2018 on Saturday, December 29, Betway Challow Hurdle Day. The feature race of the day was the G1 Betway Challow Hurdle. A report on the Betway Challow Hurdle and the six other contests can be found below. Betway Challow Hurdle Day was the final Newbury fixture to be overseen by outgoing Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood after 39 years of working at the Berkshire course. Quotes from Richard can also be found below. The going on Betway…

Cheltenham all set for New Year’s Day, with terrific racing in prospect

Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes in 2019 with an excellent seven-race programme on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, featuring three Graded contests and offering £260,000 in prize money. All racehorses become a year older on the day. Top-class mares Benie Des Dieux and Laurina could have their first starts of the season in the £50,000 G2 Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm, 11 entries) over an extended two and a half miles. Trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins, both were successful at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March, with Benie…

Champ among super seven for Betway Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury tomorrow

Impressive course and distance winner Champ, plus G2 scorers Coolanly and Alsa Mix, feature among a tremendous field of seven for the £45,000 G1 Betway Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury tomorrow, Saturday, December 29. The afternoon will also mark the end of an era as departing 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…

Alexander hoping more to come from Lake View Lad as eight go for racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase, highlight of Wetherby’s Yorkshire Christmas Meeting

The two-day Yorkshire Christmas Meeting gets underway at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26, with eight runners set to go to post in the feature G3 racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2.10pm). The weights for the £45,000 three-mile contest are headed by Baywing (Nicky Richards/Ryan Day, 11st 12lb), who finished fifth, beaten just over two lengths, in the thrilling 2017 renewal of the racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase. The nine-year-old went on to win the marathon Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle in February. He is also…

Wissahickon the star name in Betway Quebec Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday

This year’s Cambridgeshire winner Wissahickon heads a superb field of seven for the 10-furlong £37,000 Listed Betway Quebec Stakes (2.15pm) on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday, December 22. The John Gosden-trained three-year-old returns to the All-Weather following a decisive victory in the nine-furlong heritage handicap on turf at Newmarket on September 29 – a performance that saw the progressive Tapit colt allotted an official rating of 117 by the BHA. Wissahickon, who is partnered by Robert Havlin, has been successful on three of his four All-Weather…

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