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28th January 2018
Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

From Racehorse to Riding Horse - find out how Jonnie Skull has done since he retired from the racetrack. Jonnie Skull began the Retaining of Racehorses (RoR) programme at Palace House Newmarket in October following his retirement from the racetrack earlier in the summer. Since arriving at Palace House he has flourished and is enjoying life outside of racing. Jonn…

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26th January 2018
West Tip - A National Hero

West Tip - A National Hero

We look back at the career of a National Hero, West Tip West Tip was named after the Irish Hurling team ‚Äì West Tipperary, was trained by Michael Oliver and owned by Peter Luff throughout his entire career.¬†His racing life almost ended before it started, for as a five-year-old when being ridden out, a lorry caught him on his hind quarters resulting in a gash…

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20th January 2018
A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

In late November last year former National Hunt jockey Richard Linley visited The National Heritage Centre. Now employed as the British Horseracing Authority's Senior Inspector of Courses working with a team of three other Inspectors we asked him about the complexities of this crucial role.   How did you get the job and how long have you been in the role? Havi…

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11th January 2018
A Bird's Eye Review of 2017

A Bird's Eye Review of 2017

Who will be the horseracing stars of 2018? Will it be Sizing John or Might Bite at the Cheltenham Festival, Enable or even the Aussie wonder mare Winx at Royal Ascot.¬† Can anyone stop Aidan O'Brien winning the Blue Riband at Epsom? Thanks to Darren Bird aka Birdie, racing's premier cartoonist, we look back at the racing year of 2017. January Colin Tizzard was s…

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23rd December 2017
Captain Christy - a stalwart of the 70s

Captain Christy - a stalwart of the 70s

If there was ever a horse in the 1970s who polarised opinions, it was Captain Christy. He featured in an era which regularly had three top class chasers going head to head, in Pendil, Captain Christy and The Dikler but the one that shined brightest was Captain Christy. Often described as the ‚Äúenfant terrible‚Äù of chasing, he was like the proverbial spotty …

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13th December 2017
Swan at the Sales

Swan at the Sales

In our latest blog, we asked nine time former Irish National Hunt Champion Jockey Charlie Swan about the business of the sales ring. How many days before a sale do you arrive and what pre-planning do you do researching the horse's breeding? I like to be there a full day before the sales start.¬† I would have gone through the breeding before. You know the sires, th…

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5th December 2017
Isinglass - A Record Breaking Racehorse

Isinglass - A Record Breaking Racehorse

Our latest blog by Amy Bennett looks back at the record-breaking racehorse Isinglass. In finishing third in the Grade 1 Breeders‚Äô Cup Turf at Del Mar in early November, Highland Reel earned himself a place in the record books as the highest-earning European trained horse of all time, having banked ¬£6,441,225 for connections. Six horses to have raced in the …

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28th November 2017
Suny Bay - A Nation's Favourite

Suny Bay - A Nation's Favourite

This weekend, the leading pre-Christmas event in the National Hunt calendar takes place at Newbury Racecourse. The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, formerly the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, is a handicap chase, run over three and a quarter miles. Run at Cheltenham for the first three years, the race was moved to Newbury Racecourse in 1960 where it has become renowned for produc…

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11th November 2017
Frederick Gretton – ‘Celebrated’ Racehorse Owner and Gambler

Frederick Gretton – ‘Celebrated’ Racehorse Owner and Gambler

Frederick Gretton - 'Celebrated' Racehorse Owner and¬† Gambler Born in 1839 Frederick Gretton was the younger son of John Gretton of Bass Ratcliffe & Gretton, brewers from Burton upon Trent. ¬† He retained an eighth share in the brewery. He is described by contemporary sources as a 'celebrated' racehorse owner and gambler, kindly and well-meaning but obsti…

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6th November 2017
The Melbourne Cup and Quarantine

The Melbourne Cup and Quarantine

The Melbourne Cup - one of the world's most iconic turf races - justifiably earns the title the race that stops the nation. It's difficult not to notice the buzz in the air as you go about your day on the first Tuesday in November. Most Australians get involved somehow, whether it's just an office luncheon and sweep or a fully-frocked up day at Flemington or their l…

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