Racing Staff Week Returns Saturday

Racing Welfare's Racing Staff Week returns for its seventh year this Saturday, June 24, the charity announced on Monday. The industry's annual celebration of people who work in British horseracing brings together the racing business and its followers to recognize the workers inside the industry. Sponsored by Betfair, this year will see five charity races specifically for stable staff, as well as a number of community events and a competitions with prizes of £500 in vouchers awarded to the winners. Races will be held at Ayr, Chepstow, Newbury, Nottingham and...

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Racing League Team Managers Announced Ahead of Jockey Draft

The seven team managers for this year's Racing League were announced on Tuesday just days ahead of the jockey draft, which is set for Saturday, Apr. 1 at Doncaster. Frankie Dettori was added to the roster of seven managers attempting to win this year's competition and leads a strong East team which will be one of the favourites to wrestle the title from last year's winners, Jamie Osborne's Wales & The West. "Racing League brings something different into racing and I've really enjoyed being part of it for the last...

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Sioux Nation Sires 32nd Winner Of The Season

The racing calendar has not even officially turned the page into autumn and Coolmore Ireland's Sioux Nation brought up his 32nd winner of the season with Ancestral Land (GB) in a Chepstow novice on Thursday. 2nd-Chepstow, £6,800, Nov, 9-8, 2yo, 6f 16yT, 1:12.76, g/s. ANCESTRAL LAND (GB) (c, 2, Sioux Nation--Swing Out Sister {Ire}, by Kodiac {GB}), a June 20 first-up second over six furlongs at Windsor last time, was well away from the far-side stall and asserted for an early lead in this return. In command throughout, the 2-5...

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First Winner For Lightning Spear At Chepstow

Tweenhills Farm and Stud's Lightning Spear (GB) (by Pivotal {GB}) became the latest first-season sire to get off the mark in 2022 when the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Greased Lightning (GB) scored on debut at Chepstow. Sent to post as a 6-1 shot, Anthony Pye-Jeary and David Ian's chestnut quickly recovered from a tardy start to occupy the perfect stalking position on the rail in the card's seven-furlong maiden. Having to go around the front trio inside the last two furlongs, he gained the advantage 50 yards from the line en...

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Restrictions Tighten In Wales, Scotland

The Welsh Grand National on Dec. 27 and Musselburgh's New Year's Day meeting will be held behind closed doors after the Welsh and Scottish governments tightened restrictions in response to the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. All sporting events in Wales from Boxing Day will be staged behind closed doors, while in Scotland outdoor sporting events are limited to 500 people. "We've had up to 12,000 people for the Welsh National meeting in recent years, an average of around 10,000," said Chepstow's Executive Director Phil Bell. "Hospitality had been...

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Racing in Wales Greenlit for June 15th

Racing will resume in Wales behind closed doors on June 15th, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Welsh courses announced on Monday. Chepstow will be the first track active, with summer Jumps racing at Bangor-on-Dee resuming in July and October sees the resumption of Ffos Las. The established protocols released for racing behind closed doors in the UK will be closely adhered to. "I'm delighted to see the return of racing in Wales at Chepstow next month as ensuring that racing gets back up and running in all three...

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