12th December 2018
Birds Nest - The Forgotten One

Birds Nest - The Forgotten One

In the build up to Christmas the International meeting at Cheltenham is one of the major highlights.  Our latest blog by guest blogger Grenville Davies reviews the career of Birds Nest – The Forgotten One, who won the International Hurdle, formerly known as the Bula Hurdle on three occasions. If the 1960s saw the zenith of steeplechasers, the 1970s had many a hurd…

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7th December 2018
Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas

Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas

Bisoubisou trained by Sarah Humphrey and ridden by Sean Bowen won Tuesday's Visit Palace House in Newmarket this Christmas Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Fakenham. At a foggy Fakenham Irish horse Yeats Baby was sent off the 8/11 favourite in a nine runner field and after winning at the North Norfolk course on 20 November was widely expected to win again. …

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28th November 2018
Strands Of Gold

Strands Of Gold

Thirty years ago the Somerset based trainer Martin Pipe hit the headlines when his horse Strands Of Gold won the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (now the Ladbrokes Trophy) at Newbury.  The nine year old’s  victory in the prestigious steeplechase handicap helped Martin Pipe secure his first National Hunt trainers title in the 1988-89 season, a feat he repeated a further f…

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14th November 2018
Half Free, a Cheltenham Specialist

Half Free, a Cheltenham Specialist

This week’s blog features the first major chasing handicap of the National Hunt season, the BetVictor Gold Cup, originally called the Mackeson Gold Cup. Through a series of questions with former jockey Richard Linley we look back at the career of dual winner of the race, Half Free, a Cheltenham specialist, who Richard rode to successive victories in 1984 and 1985. H…

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29th October 2018
The Race that Stops a Nation

The Race that Stops a Nation

In the thoroughbred racing world the first Tuesday of November is Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, 'the race that stops a nation'. However, as part of the big race build up the Lexus Melbourne Cup has been on its travels, (its 16th annual tour), since the 10 July to thirty seven destinations and five countries. You may remember as part of its globetrotting tour the 18-carat g…

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18th October 2018
Pebbles - England's Super Filly

Pebbles - England's Super Filly

As we look forward to Champions Day at Ascot our latest blog looks back to England’s Super Filly Pebbles, who won the Champion Stakes when the race was run at Newmarket in 1985. Pebbles was trained throughout her career by the irrepressible Clive Brittain – a man whose mantra was you can’t win it, if you’re not in it. Foaled in 1981, Pebbles was bred by the Gr…

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14th October 2018
Mill Reef's Stud Career

Mill Reef's Stud Career

With Tattersalls Autumn Sales now under way, and millions of guineas changing hands, guest blogger Amy Bennett reviews Mill Reef's stud career and his leagacy. On that sunny morning in August 1972 when Mill Reef shattered his near-fore on the Kingsclere gallops, the dreadful injury marked the end of one career and the start of another that would prove almost as illust…

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4th October 2018
Mill Reef’s dazzling triumph at Longchamp

Mill Reef’s dazzling triumph at Longchamp

In the lead up to this week’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe we spoke to Ian Balding about his memories of Mill Reef’s dazzling triumph at Longchamp on 3 October 1971. In the summer of 1971 Mill Reef completed a spectacular double winning the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot before the Kingsclere team turned their …

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12th September 2018
Gainsborough

Gainsborough

As we reflect on last Saturday's final Classic of the season at Doncaster guest blogger Grenville Davies reviews the career of Gainsborough, the 1918 Wartime winner of the St Leger . The Holy Grail of British flat racing is the Triple Crown, comprising the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May over a mile, the Derby at Epsom over a mile and half in June and the St. Leger…

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3rd September 2018
The 2018 Newmarket Town Plate

The 2018 Newmarket Town Plate

A day after finishing 2nd in the 2018 Newmarket Town Plate on Saturday 25 August, Irishman Derek Jackson was visiting the National Heritage Centre and riding on the simulator!  Sixty four year old Derek, an accountant by trade, though now retired, stopped off at Palace House  for a few hours before flying back home to Ireland. The race for four year olds and upward…

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