Sunday, 15 December 2019

Horse Profile: Night Nurse


While more commonly known to most people as a powerful medicine to be taken at night, Night Nurse is one of the most popular racehorses of its era. Known for its frightening pace and unending stamina, Night Nurse left many other horses with nightmares over a racing career that seen a glut of wins across a 7-year spell. Foaled in 1971, this Gelding went on to form one of the most impressive dynasties of any horse in the era.
With 35 wins across its career, it was one of the most impressive horses of the era. 
Career Summary

It’s first career wins came in its first races, having won two of its first three races and coming second in one of its first flat races, too. In 1975, it won ten races in a row and carried out an incredible uneaten season, something rarely seen at the time. This meant that it held English, Welsh and Scottish Champion hurdle trophies all at the same time – an incredible feat.
A winning habit was formed, and over the next seven years the horse won the majority of the Hurdles that existed at the time. from the Fighting Fifth to the Mandarin Handicap, this is a horse that took part in various tournaments and made a pretty impressive habit of coming out on top each time. 
Achievements & Highlights

Wins – Fighting Fifth Hurdle (1975), Irish Sweeps Hurdle (1975), Champion Hurdle (1976, 1977), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1976), Welsh Champion Hurdle (1976, 1977), Templegate Hurdle (dead heat)(1977), William Hill Hurdle, Free Handicap Hurdle, Sean Graham Trophy Chase (1979), Black & White Whisky Gold Cup Chase (1979), Mandarin Handicap Chase (1982), Pennine Chase (1982), Red Alligator Chase (1980), London & Northern Group Chmp. Nov. Chase.

Associations – Reg Spencer, Eleanor Samuelson, Peter Easterby. 
Earnings – £174,000+

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Goodwood Racecourse

As a racecourse of some repute, Goodwood Racecourse is a fantastic location to come and visit if you are looking for a bit of history in the sport. Based just outside of West Sussex, this is under control of the Duke of Richmond and makes a fantastic location to come visit for some genuine racing. It sees the likes of the Nassau Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and the prestigious Goodwood Cup take place here.

With the stunning Iron Age hill for that overlooks the region, this has all the makings of a truly classic racing facility. While the fog can sometimes ruin a good vantage point, it’s an incredibly fun place to come and visit if you are looking for a racecourse that is dripping with character.

With six furlongs, it stands out amongst the fairly standard world of UK racing. With an uphill lfirst furlong and second, it feels extremely different to a large option of other courses that are used. However, it’s also known for its extensive number of sharp turns, which creates high octane races which sees many overtakes and the like.

It’s been a regularly visited course on the TV, having become a regular on first the BBC and then ITV Racing. This helped to give the racecourse an event greater profile, ensuring that it stands out among what is already a very busy selection.

It sees races from May to September, starting with the Daisy Warwick Stakes and finishing up with the Stardom Stakes.

Friday, 20 September 2019

A Right Royal Ride!

The Queen's love of hore racing has always been aparent and as this capured moment attests to. Her love of racing was also clear in her Mother, who could barely keep away from the races!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Kelpies at The Helix

A photograph of the magnificent horse head 'The Kelpies' sculpture in Falkirk, Scotland

Thursday, 14 March 2019