Tingle Creek Saturday Sandown Review

This past Saturday Sandown Park played host to its most prestigious jumps event, Tingle Creek. This is one of the biggest jumps events before Christmas and after attending already has me excited for Cheltenham Festival. Although the weather was bitterly cold I feel lucky that we managed to avoid any rain, sleet or snow unlike the punters up in Aintree that day. With 7 races on the card I was certain I would have a couple of winners, however, I am a favourite backer and unfortunately for me not one favourite came in that day! Although I didn’t have a winner the day was still great and Sandown is one of my favourite racecourses in the country because of its great viewing areas and ample bar space, it’s also within walking distance of home which is a real touch.  

The first race of the day was a novices Hurdle and saw favourite Just A Sting take on 5 rivals. However it was not his day and second favourite Ainchea, trained by Colin Tizzard, won by a length to Whatswrongwithyou. The third race of the day saw Monbeg Oscar, a 2/1 favourite come in 6th, as you can probably guess this was another race for me to forget. However, it was a competitive race with Holly Bush Henry and Connectable battling it out until the end with Holly Bush Henry winning by a neck.  

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The fourth race of the day was the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase, which would see Finians Oscar take on Brain Power. The two had both been favourites at different points in the day and it seemed as though it was between either of those. However, after some poor jumping from Finians Oscar which left him last he was out of the race before the final 4 furlongs. Brain Power was doing well  throughout the race until the final couple of fences where he slightly slowed his pace, and on the final jump he unseated jockey David Mullins leaving Sceau Royal to run on gamely and win the race by 11 lengths.  

The penultimate race of the day was the Grade 1 The Tingle Creek Chase, which has been won by past greats Kauto Star, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. This year would see odds on favourite Fox Norton attempt to place his name amongst those past greats as Douvan had been pulled out of the race just 3 days prior. Going off at 8/13 in a 6 horse field I though Fox Norton was destined to win this, but Politologue had other ideas. In what was a great race Politologue lead over the final jump but saw Fox Norton chase him down on the final flat, however the last dash wasn’t enough as politologue won by half a length. In doing so he is now as short as 7/1 for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.  

Tingle Creek has lived up to its reputation and was a great day for all, especially those who won some bets. Now we look forward to the next big race in the calendar, The King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing day, which will hopefully see the likes of Bristol di Mai, Thistlecrack, Might Bite and last years Gold Cup winner, Sizing John all battle it out.  

Dubai World Cup

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Dubai is well known for its racing and for how popular the Dubai World Cup has become to people all around the world. Meydan Racecourse, which is Dubai’s state of the art racecourse, offers a full season of high quality racing, which kick starts from November 9th 2017 - March 31st 2018. With the one of the main events of the season being the Dubai World Cup Carnival held from the 11th January – 1st January. The carnival is held every Thursday night building up to the main event of the Dubai world Cup which is held on Saturday 31st march 2018.

The Dubai world Cup and Carnival are all held at the Meydan racecourse which was spectacularly finished in 2010. The World Cup day is the biggest race day in the world with Prize money of US$30 million is offered on the big day that features nine races and is highlighted by the $10 million Dubai World Cup. With previous winners such as African story ridden by Silvestre de Sousa.

Each year it's held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup attracts the biggest names in racing to Dubai and the Meydan Racecourse, with a state of the art track and grandstand its not hard to see why.

With this years World Cup on the taking place on the 31st, trainers will want to be able to put in some final touches on the horses before they go for the US$10 million in prize money. Saturday the 10th march will be the final time the horses see the racecourse before the horses go for the big prize in horse racing. Not only are some of the best horses in the world going to be racing, but some of the worlds best jockeys will be making appearances.

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Two of those jockeys who will be making their way over to Dubai for the carnival are Racing Breaks two ambassadors, Frankie Dettori, who has won the race 3 times with his last win in 2006 on Electrocutionist and Jim Crowley, who is retained by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and has gone out there for the remainder of the Dubai carnival to try and secure another Dubai World Cup win for Godolphin.

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The Return of Toast of New York

Toast of New York. How did this Colt go from the glitz and glam of winning the UAE Derby and being beaten by a nose by Bayern in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic to a first runout in three years on a Wednesday at Lingfield? A story in horse racing which you can’t help but feel a sense of astonishment over.

As a two-year-old he was beaten in his first two races but then won two races on the synthetic track at Wolverhampton Racecourse by an aggregate margin of twenty-eight lengths. Having shown the true potential this horse possessed, as a three-year-old he truly excelled.

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Being sent over the the UAE to contest in the UAE Derby, over nine and a half furlongs at Meydan Racecourse, he started at odds of 11/1. After tracking the leaders for most of the way, Toast of New York took the lead two furlongs out and won by two and a half lengths.

This is when the world truly started to take notice. The Summer of 2014 saw Toast of New York being sent to the Del Mar to make his debut at the track in the Grade I Pacific Classic. Going off as third favourite, he tracked the leaders and found himself in second place just behind Game on Dude. Going into the final turn he moved up to challenge the leader but was overtaken by Shared Belief, finishing second.

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As a four-year-old and in early 2015, Toast of New York was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing. Preparing for the 2015 Dubai World Cup, Toast of New York sustained a soft tissue injury and was subsequently withdrawn from the race. A sad affair which saw him forced into retiring to stand at stud in Qatar from 2016.

Returning to England in early 2017, he was assessed for a return to racing due to only being able to cover a minor number of mares at stud due to the small nature of Qatar’s breeding industry. After veterinary staff approvement of his ability to be able to race again, he was subsequently transferred to Jamie Osborne's stable. From November, Toast of New York was ready to race again!

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As big as Paul Scholes’ return to Manchester United after announcing his retirement (maybe not quite), Toast of New York was ready to be entered into a minor race at Lingfield in early December! He made his comeback in the ten-furlong Betway Conditions Stakes at Lingfield on 6 December, ridden by Racing Breaks ambassador Frankie Dettori, and won by a length at odds of 2-1 from the favourite, Petite Jack.

After the race, Dettori was quoted in saying "Jamie has done a great job to get him in this shape first time out. He still feels a little rusty, but after three years off I can't emphasise enough how brilliant everyone has been to get him back. He's only 70% at the moment, but he still won. That's a step forward and should improve him a lot.” This is certainly going to be an exciting horse to follow in the coming future. Good luck Toast of New York.

King George VI Kempton Park

As we get close to the halfway stage of the jump season and into the festive period, there is still a lot of good racing to come. One of which those being the King George VI. The King George is the highlight of the Kempton meet this Christmas. 12 highly anticipated jump races over two days, Boxing Day is an absolute treat for top quality racing including the Christmas Hurdle and the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

However, the main event of the meeting will be the King George VI steeple chase which takes place at 3.05pm on the 26th! The main event includes horses such as the last years winner Thistlecrack who is third favourite at 6/1 with my tip of the day Sizing John at 7/1. It's going to make for an exhilarating day of Christmas racing.

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Kempton Park is known for having high quality National hunt and flat racing and this winter meet is no exception. With high quality races and plenty of food a drink stalls to be had throughout the racecourse (if you have saved room from the day before), Kempton Park over the two days really is the place to be.

Mick Fitzgerald, Racing Breaks ambassador and former national hunt jockey, rode a high-quality race in 1999 to win the King George VI Chase on See More Business, who defeated Go Ballistic to clinch the title by 17 lengths.

For most horses this will be the build up for the Gold cup at Cheltenham to try and get their hands on the triple crown and the £1 million prize. With Kempton Park steeped in history you don’t want to be missing out on this fine Boxing day meet, whether you are an avid horse goer or just there to carry on the Christmas celebrations. This Christmas racing special should not be missed.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival

What better way to spend your boxing day and the rest of the festive period than at Leopardstown races. The Dublin racecourse is well known for holding some of the elite races in Irish racing each year. Including the Irish gold cup, champions day and champion hurdle. Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival runs over four days from 26th-29th of December.

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The Christmas festival is always a great laugh with people still merry from the night before. On the day there Is no lack in viewing points from the grandstand. You can see the parade ring from the warmth of the back on the grandstand and then move to the front and admire the views of the course whilst you watch your horse cross the line.

The festival holds some high-quality racing over the 4 days with 2 Grade 1 races on the 26th,27th and 28th. If you aren’t the best at picking winners or just don’t know who to bet on, get yourself over to the festival marquee at 11am for a live panel of tipsters. Don’t forget to bring a pen you don’t want to be missing out on the hot tips!

With the racecourse only 8km south of Dublin city centre it is very convenient for tourists to make their way to the racecourse and back into the vibrant city of Dublin to carry on the celebrations with a Guinness or two.

The Tingle Creek Preview - Sandown

Now with the jump season in full flow, we go to Sandown for the Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival Chase Day. Held over two days, the Betfair Tingle Creek is arguably the biggest festival held at the racecourse throughout the year, and I for one cannot wait! 

The festive chase day attracts crowds of racing fans and horses from afar for a high-quality day of racing. The race is steeped in history with the event first run in 1979, the name Tingle Creek comes from the national hunt racehorse in the 1970s. It has a list of impressive winners includes Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and last year’s winner UN De Sceaux.

Having been brought up around the area and working at the racecourse during my university days, the festival (especially the Saturday) has become synonymous for hosting stag and hen doos. This is no surprise given the quality of the racing and the facilities the surrounding area has to offer, especially after the racing.

With easy transport links from London and just a short walk from Esher station to the racecourse it is a great way to spend your Saturday with family and friends watching some high-quality racing and a great way to kick off the festive season.

Sandown Park in itself is one of my favorite racecourses in this country. Boasting fantastic views overlooking the lights of London on one side and the Surrey countryside on the other, it really is a unique view which is only rivaled by its near neighbour, Epsom Downs.

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Not only that but the facilities in the racecourse are superb. Ample bar and food facilities means you rarely have to que for a significant time for refreshments. Something which sadly cannot be said for all racecourses. 

Enough about that, let’s get to the important stuff! So, who and what can we be expecting to see on the track over the two days? Well, as cute as he might be Teddy the Shetland is going to have to watch this one from the sidelines as the big guns battle this one out. The big race of the two days is the 2:55 on the Saturday. 

Run over a distance of 1m 7 1/2f, there are many high-class horses in the race which include Fox Norton who is coming of the back of 3 wins in a row trained by Colin Tizzard, who has been tipped as second favouite at 2/1. However, current markets have a clear leader in Douvan priced at ⅘. Any surprises? I certainly think not. A first run since the 15th March for this 7yo who finished a surprising 7th at the Cheltenham Festival last year. However, don’t let that statistic fool you as he has won the last 14 races previously to this shock result. In fact, it’s hard to see past this horse not claiming his 15th victory on Saturday. 

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The lack of value may force some punters to look elsewhere, even at this early stage. Despite being favourite, Jenkins in the 2:20 priced at 4/1 looks like decent value to me. A somewhat inconsistent horse who shows glimpses of the potential he has to offer is up against a field with very similar qualities. However, Jenkins, who is trained by Nicky Henderson, for me has the edge over the field.

And it’s not too late to get your tickets for the Tingle Creek. Book them now through Racing Breaks and avoid the high price of paying on the day!

The Ladbrokes Trophy (Formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup) - Newbury

Established in 1957 as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the race was initially staged at Cheltenham. Only in 1960, it was then transferred to Newbury where the race which we have all become so familiar with.

This Grade 3 National Hunt Steeplechase (ran over 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs) is open to horses aged four years and older. Perhaps most notably, it is a very good indicator on who we might see in some of the Cheltenham Festival races next March. In fact, the race has been won by eight horses which have also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Most recently, Bobs Worth was the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013.

What’s more, the legendary Many Clouds became the first horse to win the Hennessy Gold Cup as well as the Grand National, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. An impressive feat which saw this great horse rack up an impressive £928,000 in career prize money!

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Newbury itself is one racecourse to get excited about. With rich racing history in the town dating back to 1805, Newbury racecourse wasn’t opened until another 100 years later. The Jockey Club had laid down strict qualifications for the opening of new racecourses and following a proposal of opening a new racecourse from John Porter's, his plans were rejected several times. It was only due to a chance meeting with King Edward VII which brought about a further application with the King's support and was eventually was approved by the Jockey Club.

So who’re some of the standout eyecatchers at this early stage? Well, Total Recall leads with the bookies at 5/1. He finished last season very strong with an impressive win at Limerick. This horse is definitely the one to beat.

However, you might just want to keep an eye on Whisper. A very consistent contender who again finished the season strongly, placing or winning all 5 of his previous races. At current odds of 10/1 this is my tip for the day!

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The November Meeting - Cheltenham

This three day meeting has become one of the most popular meetings on the Cheltenham calendar, second only to.. You guessed it, The Festival. The highlight of the three days is none other than the BetVictor Gold Cup Day on the Saturday.  

So why has this meeting reached the heights of being one of the most popular meetings on the jumps calendar? Well, for me the answer lies in the venue it is hosted at, Cheltenham. Cheltenham, as claimed on their website “hosts the best jumping action in the world”. And it’s hard to argue against that. The rich history of horse racing in Cheltenham dates back to 1815, where unlike the racing Cheltenham has become synonymous for, races took place on the flat.

However, the races didn’t move to it’s current location on Prestbury Park until 1831. This was due to Cheltenham’s Parish Priest, Reverend Francis Close, preaching the evils of horseracing and aroused such strong feeling from followers that the original racecourse grandstand was burnt to the ground!

Amazing really that Cheltenham has bounced back from so much opposition in its early history to become the venue which hosts “the best jumping action in the world”. With that being said, what is some of the standout action we can expect this weekend?

Well, as previously mentioned Saturday hosts the standout day of the three days with the highlight race being the 2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap. A maximum field of 20 see’s the Grade 3 Handicap Chase run over 2 miles 4 furlongs and 78 yards and is run on the old course. current market leader Kylemore Lough, trained by Harry Fry, priced at 6/1. Followed closely in second by Tully East (7/1), trained by Alan Fleming. However, perhaps one to watch out for is Nicky Hendersons selection Gold Present who showed some real promise towards the end of last season and is currently priced at 12/1.

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Be sure to keep an eye out for Quickened Clears tips this weekend which will be posted on our blog page. You’ll find some amazing tips which will be sure to get you to beat the bookies. Why not keep up to date with their tips by following them on twitter at @quickenedclear.

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Breeders Cup Review

The Breeders' Cup is notorious for showcasing some of the world's greatest horses, where the Europeans take on the Americans in their own backyard. A fixture which usually springs up some surprise winners, and this weekend was no exception.

Del Mar played host to this year's spectacle which featured rides from some of this season's flat standout runners such as Highland Reel, Lady Aurelia, Ribchester, Arrogate and Churchill. However, none of these star performers were to claim victory as some surprise winners were to reap the rewards of the prize money which topped £2,682,926.

Del Mar is a very unique racecourse in its own right. Labelled the racecourse (or racetrack if you’re from across the pond) where the turf meets the surf, this stunning track in San Diego has a capacity of 44,00 spectators and is the second largest racing track in the western United States. An incredible drop which overlooks the ocean is a key feature of the racecourse. If you looked closely enough you could see Frankie Dettori swimming in the sea trying to shed them extra few pounds in between the second and third race. 

Some standout performances came from the 7:37 & 8:14 where 40/1 shot Stormy Liberal and 66/1 shot Bar Of Gold won their respective races. However, perhaps the highlight of the show was the reaction of trainer Peter Miller when Stormy Liberal stole the headlines to clinch first place and £447,154 in prize money, beating Lady Aurelia in the process of doing so.

However, unlike Peter Miller our viewpoint of this annual event wasn’t from the luxury of the Californian sunshine, rather from the glamour of Alberts private members club in South Kensington. The Breeders' Cup coincided with an Albatross Club annual dinner and as such saw Alberts transform into a makeshift racecourse, with its very own bookmaker and temporary TV screens showcasing the event.

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Although a private event, Alberts opened its doors to the public after the dinner. This sparked dazzled members to walk into an unexpected scene of a bookmaker and TV screens showing the event. A few drinks later and the whole club seemed to have a bet on for the last race. Not your average Saturday night for most, but one that I’m sure was a nice change for all.

With Racing Breaks you can experience this fantastic spectacle next year as the  Breeders’ Cup switches venues to the world famous Churchill Downs, Kentucky. This racecourse is most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby, and will next year be host to two of the world's most famous races. Certainly one to tick off the bucket list.

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ITV COMPETITION!

If you have been away for a while or haven’t been watching the racing recently, then you may not know that we currently have a fantastic competition ongoing with ITV Racing.

If you have missed it, here is all you need to know…

Racing Breaks and ITV have teamed up to offer the fantastic chance to win a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2018 with hospitality tickets. You could be in with a chance to win an incredible £30,000 in tax-free cash as well as flights, accommodation, tickets and transfers to and from the races.

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You could grab yourself a once in a lifetime opportunity with this amazing RacingBreaks package….one like no other. This package includes return flights from major UK airports to Melbourne, Australia for one winner and up to three companions, as well as return transfers from Melbourne airport. You will fly out to Melbourne for 10 nights accommodation at the luxury Crown Metropol Hotel which is only a short car journey to Flemington racecourse.  You will have the choice of a double or twin Luxe King room.

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The Crown Metropol is a 5 star, luxury hotel in the centre of Melbourne and is the ultimate city retreat. Enjoy your stay in comfort and make the most of all of the facilities during your down time between each race day. The hotel is equipped with a blissful infinity pool as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre for when you want to spend some down time relaxing by yourself after a busy day at the races.

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You won’t be going alone and to ensure you have an amazing time, you can share this experience and take up to three people with you. You will receive admission tickets to the racecourse as well as race cards for each of the days to ensure you can keep an eye on the form for the day. The Victoria Derby Day is on 3rd November where you will have access to Reserved Seating Lawn Stand by the winning post. You do not have to worry about getting to and from the racecourse as we have it all covered with transfers which will ensure you get there and back to the hotel safely.

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On the Melbourne Cup day, 6th November, you will receive tickets for admission to the racecourse, four race cards, two-course buffet lunch with mini desserts. And, if that wasn't enough, enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea served from both indoor and outdoor bars. You will also have access to a private garden area, a live band and an elevated viewing platform to watch the races.

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Again, for the third day of racing, the VRC Oaks Day on 8th November 2018 we will include racecourse admission, Reserved Seating Lawn Stand by the winning post and transfers to and from the hotel. An experience you will never forget!!

As well as getting the chance to head to one of the most exciting racing festivals in the world, you also will win an incredible amount of money…£30,000 to be exact...and all tax free! A very generous prize and very worthwhile entering. Competition closes on 3rd January 2018 so make sure you enter and get everyone you know to enter too to be in with the best chance of heading off to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2018, £30,000 richer.

For full Terms and Conditions and details on how to enter the competition, please visit the ITV competitions website at; www.itv.com/comps  and head to the ITV Twitter page to view the Video Tape: www.twitter.com/itv

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Quickened Clear's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Preview

The roll of honour for the QEII reads like a who’s who of top class milers with the likes of Frankel, Solow, Minding and George Washington having their names etched into history. Ribchester, apart from the Sussex Stakes, a strange race on bad ground and one he really should have won, would be unbeaten on European soil this season and though not as pleasing on the eye as some past winners, he deserves to take his place alongside them. It is no easy feat winning this race as an older horse though, with only three winners in the last ten years aged over three taking this race and he will have to fend off the younger generation who represent the main challengers bar Taareef, a late blossoming four year old trained by Jean-Claude Rouget. Well held by Ribchester in the Moulin, Taareef seems to be progressing at four and could yet worry the favourite if finding a few more pounds improvement.

The male Classic generation have not lived up to expectations, yes they are of group one ability, but in terms of a real superstar, it is safe to say we have been left a little underwhelmed. Churchill promised so much and after winning both the English and Irish Guineas in good style almost becoming the champion we annually crave for. Things did not go to plan at Ascot, where he produced a lacklustre performance before a fair second in the Juddmonte, which gave the impression his St James Palace run was a minor blip while at the same time proving that he was mortal and not unbeatable. The fact Churchill was not quite the superstar he promised to be was confounded in the Irish Champion stakes where he travelled well but never really picked up finishing a slightly sorry seventh. A drop back to a mile could suit though he will prefer better ground, which is unlikely at the end of October and he now cuts a figure of a once precocious type that has not really gone on through his three year old season.

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Churchill’s regular adversary, Barney Roy has proved himself a true group one horse but unless he learns to settle, will not fulfil his ample potential. Dropping back to this trip should see this free going sort in a better light but at current odds the likelihood is he will attempt ten furlongs once again and go for the Champion Stakes. With Winter also heading towards the Champion Stakes the classic generation’s best chance of taking this looks to be in the form of the progressive Beat The Bank and Andre Fabre’s Al Wukair.

Boasting a fantastic record, winning every one of his starts bar one, a below par effort in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, Beat The Bank has improved with every run culminating in a recent five length victory in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket. That performance was of group one standard and his upward curve potentially puts him on a par with Ribchester and not without a chance of deposing him as Europe’s top miler. A word of caution though, trainer Andrew Balding is wisely being very careful with his charge and sees 2018 as a big year for this son of Paco Boy so he is no certainty to run.

Al Wukair, third to Churchill in the English 2000 Guineas has had a light campaign having suffered from a twisted ankle earlier in the season. He made heavy weather when winning the Jacques Le Marois, just getting up form Inns Court and does not look the easiest of rides. That said he is talented and it would be no surprise to see master trainer Andre Fabre tease out a little more improvement from this three year old.

All in all an exciting spectacle, one that will be all the more mouth-watering if Winter and Barney Roy line up, but this is not a one horse race by any means and Ribchester will have to be at his very best to win his fifth group one.

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Lingfield Park - What's Life Like Post Craig David?

To conclude a summer of racing for myself, Lingfield Park was my final destination. On one hand there was a feeling of sadness that the summer flat racing is over until its return next summer. On the other, there is so much more to look forward to in terms of jumps in the coming months.

Being a mid-week late September AW meet at Lingfield, I’m sure you can imagine the numbers were dwindling somewhat. However, you need to take the positives out of these situations. Not only was it a pleasantly warm day, being one of the smaller daytime race meets, you get your ‘real’ racing fans attending. This always makes for a cracking awe about these courses.

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My day started off being introduced to the marketing manager at Lingfield, Tom Rose, who was happy to show me around. I had been to Lingfield a few times previously but wanted to get a deeper, richer feel about the place. Tom showed me the way around the course, which I was very grateful of. He dropped me off in the press box where I set up shop.

Inside the press box at Lingfield

Inside the press box at Lingfield

The racing kicked off at 2:00. By this point the sun was directly overhead and a good feeling of a successful afternoon of betting could be felt around the course. Oh how wrong could people's feelings be. The winner of the first was Harry Bentley onboard 6/1 shot Dream Mount - and literally not a single cheer in the grandstand came up when he crossed the line. Quite a strange situation to experience truth be told. The same happened in the second. 6/1 shot Connaught Ranger claimed victory. This time, however, you could hear the screech of one lady frantically screaming as she was informed her horse had in fact…. placed.

So, an unfortunate start for most involved at the racecourse. However, as I went and purchased my first ever non-alcoholic drink at a racecourse (I wish I was lying here but I am not), I scanned the race card for some winners. Favourite Alternate Route (13/8) was the standout pick for the 3rd & so I proceeded to place my bet on him. This 2 mile handicap saw the group cluster around the left hand side of the track until 5f out where they pack went for it. Drawing about 8l clear with 2f to go was Alternate Rock. Result! This time around a cheer went up around the grandstand.

On the grandstand waiting for the 3rd

On the grandstand waiting for the 3rd

The rest of the day went on in similar fashion. Highs and lows for most people. However, at the end of the day everyone leaves on a high when the sun is shining, drinks are flowing and you’re winning money (at least occasionally). My objective when I started this project was to show people that there is more to these smaller race meets than just the racing, and I think I have certainly achieved this. Now, bring on the jumps!

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