We were lucky enough to be invited to visit Nicky Henderson's yard this past Thursday (9th March) by the Albatross Club, and yes that is the week before Cheltenham as luck would have it. It was a great experience to see such a legendary trainers yard just 5 days before the biggest event in jump racing. We were given a tour of the whole yard, shown some of the top horses such as Sprinter Sacre and Altior, we watched horses work over hurdles and fences in preparation for Cheltenham and saw some of the younger horses worked on the gallops.
World book day is something everyone remembers from school, and I feel is something not celebrated enough in our adult lives. With everyone glued to their phones and busy with other day to day chores we forgot how nice it is to sit down with a good book. If like me you struggle to get really gripped by a book I think I have the perfect list for you! The perfect mix of humour, the nitty gritty of people's lives (I am terribly nosey) and good old fashion sex!
Cheltenham week is soon upon us and we are all getting a little excited, and as seasoned Cheltenham goers we feel it is our duty to pass on our knowledge. As we all know there is much more than just great racing to be had, so I hear you ask what do you need to know! We have put together the needs to knows- What bars to go to, How to get there and the must do’s and avoids.
On Friday 10th February the Racing Breaks team were lucky enough to be invited to visit Fergal O'Brien's training yard just outside Cheltenham. The timing of the trip couldn't have been better with Fergal and his team picking up their 50th winner of the season the day before when Petite Power put in a brilliant performance to hold off 7 rivals in a handicap at Huntington!
September 28th 1996 will be a date familiar to many of you and will no doubt go down in history as one of the greatest days in British horse racing and even British sport all together. For those of you who are not aware, this is the date that Frankie Dettori rode his “Magnificent 7”. Something that had never been accomplished before. To say it was unlikely is an understatement, with the initial accumulative odds coming in at 25,095 - 1 proving just that. All together it is estimated that bookies lost a combined total of £40 million due to the “Magnificent 7” and Frankie Dettori became a household name overnight.
As you may or may not have seen (I was live tweeting on Twitter) I attended Sandown park for the first time on Friday 2nd December for the first day of Tingle Creek and I can honestly say it was a great day out. Travelling from central London it was a perfect destination as it’s located only 20 minutes train ride from Vauxhall station. Esher station is the closest station to the racecourse and it practically backs onto the racecourse.