Newbury Racecourse

Half-Brother To Pouliches Runner-Up Kathmandu Makes Winning Debut at Newbury

Godolphin's 525,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up graduate Anno Domini (GB) (New Bay {GB}--Alegra {GB}, by Galileo {Ire}), a half-brother to last month's G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Kathmandu (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}), made a winning debut in Thursday's Get 100/1 On England At BetVictor EBF Novice S. at Newbury. 2nd-Newbury, €12,000, Nov, 6-13, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 1:18.73, g/f. ANNO DOMINI (GB) (c, 2, New Bay {GB}--Alegra {GB}, by Galileo {Ire}) was squeezed for room early and raced four lengths off the pace through halfway in this debut. Bounding forward to launch...

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Newbury Racecourse to Offer Racing Staff Free Tickets

As part of a new initiative at Newbury, those working within racing may claim a complimentary ticket for themselves and a guest at two upcoming racedays, according to a presser released Monday. The Racecourse's first evening of the Summer Evening Series with Hits Radio on July 4 and the BetVictor Flat Finale with Oktoberfest on Oct. 26 will both offer the complimentary tickets. They may be requested here after completing a short form. "We are all acutely aware of the hard working and dedicated racing staff who form the backbone...

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Shamardal's Diamond Rain Too Good In Newbury's Oaks Trial

Godolphin's Diamond Rain (GB) (Shamardal--Dancing Rain {Ire}, by Danehill Dancer {Ire}), unraced as a juvenile, opened up with a narrow victory going just under a mile at Ascot in her May 1 debut last time and stepped forward to lay down a Classic marker in Saturday's Haras de Bouquetot Fillies' Trial S. at Newbury. The G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks entry accepted a tow in second for most of this 10-furlong contest. Looming large in the straight, the 3-1 joint-second favourite eased to the front passing the quarter-mile marker and quickened...

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Freshman Sire Without Parole Off The Mark At Newbury

Newsells Park Stud resident Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}) became Europe's latest first-crop sire to get off the mark when his Ralph Beckett-trained son Mr Chaplin (GB), a 58,000gns Tattersalls December foal turned 120,000gns Book 1 yearling, followed up a debut fourth at Newmarket earlier this month with a breakthrough score in Friday's £12,000 ARC & Sky Sports Racing Support Starlight Maiden S. at Newbury. 3rd-Newbury, £12,000, Mdn, 5-17, 2yo, 6fT, 1:13.52, gd. MR CHAPLIN (GB) (c, 2, Without Parole {GB}--Midnight Hush {Fr}, by Anabaa), a May 5 debut fourth...

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Big Rock And Inspiral Remain On Course For Newbury Showdown

Following Monday's confirmation stage, Big Rock (Fr) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) and Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) remain on course for a blockbuster clash in Saturday's G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. at Newbury. Of the 11 possible runners, Big Rock and Inspiral are the only two who have previously been successful at the top level. Big Rock--who will be having his first start for Maurizio Guarnieri having recently left Christopher Head's Chantilly yard--made the breakthrough in Group 1 company when winning the Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot on his final...

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Big Rock And Inspiral Headline 15 Lockinge Entries

Following the latest scratching stage, last year's G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. winner Big Rock (Fr) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) is one of 15 horses who have stood their ground for the £400,000 G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. at Newbury on Saturday, May 18, potentially his first start for Maurizio Guarnieri having left Christopher Head's Chantilly yard last week. A French-trained horse hasn't won the Lockinge since Keltos (Fr) struck for Carlos Laffon-Parias in 2002, but Big Rock will certainly bring leading form claims to the table if taking his...

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Trade Nation To Sponsor London Gold Cup

Trade Nation, an online global trading platform and fintech, has announced the new sponsorship of the London Gold Cup via a release on Monday. The handicap contest is set as the third race on Al Shaqab Lockinge with Ladies Day on Saturday, May 18.  It is restricted to 3-year-olds, and will be run for a prize of £100,000. Last year's renewal was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained, Ryan Moore-ridden Bertinelli (Justify). "We are delighted to announce the new partnership with Trade Nation. As a fast-growing international trading platform who are...

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Highclere Castle Gin To Sponsor Carnarvon Stakes

Highclere Castle Gin will sponsor the Listed Carnarvon S. at Newbury, on Saturday, May 18, the racecourse announced on Thursday. The six-furlong race will be worth £65,000 on Al Shaqab Lockinge with Ladies Day and is a prep race for the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. In 2023, the Carnarvon was won by Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), who would go on to add the Commonwealth Cup and G1 July Cup. Highclere Castle is the home of The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, as well as the location for...

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Hong Kong Garden A New Addition At Newbury For Lockinge Day

A new Hong Kong Garden will be in place at Newbury Racecourse when the track hosts five World Pool races on Saturday, May 18, including the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. which headlines the fixture. The Hong Kong Garden will offer themed food and drink, plus a range of entertainment including live performances from Albert Chau, the inaugural winner of Midlife, Sing and Shine, a talent competition run on terrestrial TV in Hong Kong. Mark Leigh, interim CEO at Newbury Racecourse, said, "We're thrilled to introduce the new Hong Kong...

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Due Diligence's Undefeated Folgaria Pounces For Fred Darling Glory

Scuderia Sagam's Folgaria (Ire) (Due Diligence--Full Moon Fever {Ire}, by Azamour {Ire}) went undefeated through a five-race juvenile campaign for Stefano Botti last year and, now under the stewardship of that trainer's brother Marco, retained her perfect record with a hard-fought triumph in Saturday's G3 Dubai Duty Free S. (Fred Darling S.) at Newbury. The February-foaled bay backed up a debut win at Milan's San Siro in May with a brace of Listed contests at Rome's Capanelle and back in Milan. She went on sabbatical after collecting July's G3 Premio...

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Newbury Prize-Money Upped to Record £7m

Following last week's announcement of record prize-money across the Jockey Club's portfolio of racecourses, Newbury has followed suit by increasing its prize-money for 2024 to £7 million, which is also a record figure. The 13% increase in purses will be spread across 31 fixtures, 11 of which are denoted as 'premier' meetings and the the other 20 as 'core' fixtures.  The G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. will this year be run for £400,000, up from £350,000, and again on a card which is one of the World Pool meetings in...

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Shaun Hinds Appointed New CEO Of Newbury

Shaun Hinds has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Newbury Racecourse, succeeding Julian Thick who announced his resignation in August, the racecourse announced on Wednesday. Thick served in the role for 10 years. Hinds will begin his tenure as CEO and join the company's board in the summer of 2024 once he has served out his notice period with his current employer, Manchester Central Convention Centre. He has held that role for the past 6 1/2 years. Dominic Burke, the chairman of Newbury Racecourse PLC, said, "Julian...

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