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Flat racing programme for August published amid the Covid-19 by the...

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Flat racing programme for August published amid the Covid-19 by the BHA

By Andrew Atkinson The full Flat racing programme for August has been published amid the Covid-19 by the BHA. The August flat amateur and apprentice races for August includes a small number of races, restricted to apprentice or amateur jockeys. Field sizes – Flat Field sizes for Flat races can now revert to the maximum […]

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Kirby duo Mont Blanc and Fircombe Hall Newcastle debuts

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By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Philip Kirby two year old duo Mont Blanc and Fircombe Hall made their debuts at Gosforth Park, Newcastle on June 6. “They will find easier assignments in future as the young pair lined up against some mightily expensive 2 year olds, with Ascot dreams,” said Pippa Kirby from Green Oaks, Richmond, […]

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Gary Gibson Lennon: Piggott style-riding-short-stirrups, arse-in-the-air!

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Quote: ‘I just wish my granddad could have given me a leg-up – he would have been so proud. Seeing me return to the Paddock, covered head to boots in sand, he would have said his usual two words: ‘Silly-bugger!’ By Andrew Atkinson Exclusive Lester Piggott tutored amateur jockey Gary Gibson Lennon reminisced of his […]

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‘Legend’ December Second fatal accident at Newcastle

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'Legend' December Second fatal accident at Newcastle

Quote: ‘December Second was one of Phil’s favourite horses, riding him out himself. He will remain a legend in our eyes’. By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby trained December Second suffered a fatal injury in the Betway Handicap Class 3 over 1 mile 4 furlongs at Newcastle’s all weather track at Gosforth Park on June 1. […]

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Ayr set to recommence racing in Scotland on June 22

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This way. Jockeys temporary changing rooms at Newcastle racecourse.

By Andrew Atkinson AYR racecourse is eyed as a return to racing in Scotland on June 22, with the opening 2020 Flat race season set to get underway amid the coronavirus lockdown, following suspension of meetings since March 17. Hamilton Park is scheduled for two meetings on June 24 and 28, respectively, with Musselburgh staging […]

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Focus on Trainer: CHRIS GORDON

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Chris Gordon with retired NH champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy in 2015. Twitter.

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Chris Gordon is looking forward to the return of racing in June after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March. “It’s good to hear that they are starting racing again on June 1,” said Gordon, based at Morestead stables, Winchester, Hampshire. “From July our winter horses will start to come back in, […]

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Ascot date change would clog-up racing pattern – Ascot’s Director of...

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Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien

By Andrew Atkinson Racing in England is set to return on June 1 with Irish meetings scheduled to resume on June 8, as easing of the coronavirus lockdown comes into play. Royal Ascot gets underway on June 16, leaving Irish trainers a week to get horses qualified to run in 2-year-old races, such as the […]

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Trainer John Berry on course with Hopels High

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Trainer John Berry on course with Hopels High

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer John Berry has revealed that Hopels High is set to run at Great Yarmouth next month in the wake of racing returning to the fold in England on June 1. “She has been enjoying herself on the Al Bahathri at Newmarket gallops,” said John, based at Beverley House Stables, Newmarket. “Hopels […]

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Bin Suroor’s Military March eyes 2000 Guineas and Derby

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By Andrew Atkinson Military March is eyeing success in the 2020 Investec Derby in July – after running in the Qipco 2000 Guineas in June. Racing in Britain is set to resume next month, amid the coronavirus cancellations of meetings on March 17, as long as the government departments’ approval is granted. June 1 is […]

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2020 Epsom Investec Derby and Investec Oaks – behind closed doors...

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The behind closed doors Derby and Oaks at Epsom will go ahead on the same day

Quote: ‘These two Classics (Derby and Oaks) play a vital role. It is of great importance to go ahead, during this difficult period’ – Delia Bushell, Group Chief Executive of the Jockey Club By Andrew Atkinson The Jockey Club have played a leading role in the 2020 staging of the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks […]

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2020 Epsom Investec Derby and Investec Oaks – behind closed doors...

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The behind closed doors Derby and Oaks at Epsom will go ahead on the same day

Quote: ‘These two Classics (Derby and Oaks) play a vital role. It is of great importance to go ahead, during this difficult period’ – Delia Bushell, Group Chief Executive of the Jockey Club By Andrew Atkinson The Jockey Club have played a leading role in the 2020 staging of the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks […]

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Remembering KEITH FLOYD

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Gary during his racing days as an amateur jockey.

Quote: ‘You can see by Keith’s face he had a great night – the drinking continued into the early hours’ Andrew Atkinson talks to former amateur jockey, actor, musician and performing artist Gary Gibson Lennon, who rolled back the clock during COVID-19 lockdown, remembering his time with legendary cook, restaurateur and tv celebrity star Keith […]

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Remembering KEITH FLOYD

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Gary during his racing days as an amateur jockey.

Quote: ‘You can see by Keith’s face he had a great night – the drinking continued into the early hours’ Andrew Atkinson talks to former amateur jockey, actor, musician and performing artist Gary Gibson Lennon, who rolled back the clock during COVID-19 lockdown, remembering his time with legendary cook, restaurateur and tv celebrity star Keith […]

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Remembering KEITH FLOYD

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Gary during his racing days as an amateur jockey.

Quote: ‘You can see by Keith’s face he had a great night – the drinking continued into the early hours’ Andrew Atkinson talks to former amateur jockey, actor, musician and performing artist Gary Gibson Lennon, who rolled back the clock during COVID-19 lockdown, remembering his time with legendary cook, restaurateur and tv celebrity star Keith […]

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Remembering KEITH FLOYD

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Gary during his racing days as an amateur jockey.

Quote: ‘You can see by Keith’s face he had a great night – the drinking continued into the early hours’ Andrew Atkinson talks to former amateur jockey, actor, musician and performing artist Gary Gibson Lennon, who rolled back the clock during COVID-19 lockdown, remembering his time with legendary cook, restaurateur and tv celebrity star Keith […]

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Remembering KEITH FLOYD

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Gary during his racing days as an amateur jockey.

Quote: ‘You can see by Keith’s face he had a great night – the drinking continued into the early hours’ Andrew Atkinson talks to former amateur jockey, actor, musician and performing artist Gary Gibson Lennon, who rolled back the clock during COVID-19 lockdown, remembering his time with legendary cook, restaurateur and tv celebrity star Keith […]

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Obituary: JOHNNY BRADBURNE

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Obituary: JOHNNY BRADBURNE

Quote: ‘It is hard to believe that he and Susan have now both gone, they were very much part of my life since my earliest days. Great friends of my parents, who bridged the gap in a unique way’ – trainer Nick Alexander. Andrew Atkinson looks back on the career of Johnny Bradburne. And trainer […]

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Obituary: JOHNNY BRADBURNE

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Obituary: JOHNNY BRADBURNE

Quote: ‘It is hard to believe that he and Susan have now both gone, they were very much part of my life since my earliest days. Great friends of my parents, who bridged the gap in a unique way’ – trainer Nick Alexander. Andrew Atkinson looks back on the career of Johnny Bradburne. And trainer […]

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BOOKIES PLYING THEIR TRADE FROM THE ‘BACK DOOR’

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Sir Gordon: put food on the table.

Quote: ‘Gordon Richards often put food on this table. In those days betting, away from the racecourse was illegal, but bookies still plied their trade – from their back door. I remember bookies putting out chairs – in their back yard – so old ladies could sit and wait for their horse to come in’. […]

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BOOKIES PLYING THEIR TRADE FROM THE ‘BACK DOOR’

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Sir Gordon: put food on the table.

Quote: ‘Gordon Richards often put food on this table. In those days betting, away from the racecourse was illegal, but bookies still plied their trade – from their back door. I remember bookies putting out chairs – in their back yard – so old ladies could sit and wait for their horse to come in’. […]

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NHS workers and carers are in my thoughts

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The bereavements and the sacrifice by NHS workers and carers, and all those supporting, are in my thoughts and prayers all the time – trainer Nick Alexander By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Nick Alexander, 57, based at Kinneston, Fife, has looked on the bright side during racing’s lockdown, amid the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown – while saying […]

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Suedois is an incredible horse who will be missed – trainer...

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Jockey Danny Tudhope says goodbye to Suedois. Photo courtesy David O'Meara racing

Quote: ‘Suedois finished second on his yard debut, and finished his career with a record of 50 runs, 10 wins and top three finishes, in an incredible 33 starts’. By Andrew Atkinson Suedois, trained by David O’Meara at Willow Farm, Upper Helmsley, York, has been retired to Branton Court stud. Suedois was purchased in the […]

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Racing await government nod to return in May – BHA chief...

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Racing await government nod to return in May - BHA chief Nick Rust

By Andrew Atkinson Racing could be set to return in May as some trainers pressed their cause – on the back of racing continuing behind closed doors in Australia and Hong Kong. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) chief Nick Rust has spoken about a return, following the lockdown that was put in place on March […]

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RACING PRIZEMONEY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED

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BHA's chair Annamarie Phelps and chief executive Nick Rust met sports minister Nigel Huddleston to discuss plans for resumption

Quote: ‘In normal circumstances, racecourses provide approximately half of prize-money, but with betting shops, which drive media rights income, closed and no crowds, their contributions will be significantly impacted’ – The Resumption of Racing group By Andrew Atkinson Owners and trainers in Britain will be given an update in May – regards to where racing […]

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EBDON OVERWHELMED

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Peter Ebdon, former world snooker champion, racehorse breeder and owner

Peter Ebdon, former world snooker champion, racehorse breeder and owner has announced his retirement, due to spinal issues. ANDREW ATKINSON reports on Ebdon’s career, a racehorse owner, to pedigree consultant, at Batsford Stud in Gloucestershire. PETER Ebdon, who I did an exclusive interview with, when revealing he fell asleep while driving his car on a […]

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Ice cool Phil Stargazing for season ahead

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By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Philip Kirby has an exciting small team of runners when racing resumes, and a second group being prepared for later in the summer/early Autumn. “We have a strong hand in the staying division, not including our Autumn/early season NH horses,” said Philip, based at Green Oaks Farm stables, Richmond, North Yorkshire. […]

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Calls to come out of lockdown are too soon – to...

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Calls to come out of lockdown are too soon - to do safely

Quote: ‘The reason scientists didn’t want us to move earlier is because once you go into lockdown, the resilience and people’s willingness to stay in lockdown and the economic consequences, mean there is only a certain amount of time that you can hold that in place’. In a special report ANDREW  ATKINSON looks at the […]

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If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a Cake

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If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a Cake – the Alex Higgins story FORMER apprentice jockey Alex Higgins, two-times world snooker champion, died a decade ago on July 24, 2010. Journalist and author friend Andrew Atkinson is writing and publishing his and Higgins’ previously unpublished memoirs, in a tribute to the legendary ‘Hurricane’. […]

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Racing’s Cornelius Lysaght retires

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Racing's flag bearer correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

By Andrew Atkinson Racing’s flag bearer correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is retiring this week after almost 30 years in the ‘saddle’. “Since I started in August 1990, the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot have been staged 29 times each. 28 Grand Nationals and 146 Classic races – just in Britain,” said BBC racing correspondent Lysaght. The […]

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Philip’s a ‘Good Egg’!

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Philip's a 'Good Egg'!

By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Philip Kirby was a ‘cut’ above the rest – when he took up the ‘Raw Egg Challenge’ – at Green Oaks Farm stables in Richmond, North Yorkshire. “I don’t really like cooked eggs! – so I don’t know how I’ll go on – but I’ll try my best,” said Philip. Sporting […]

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