Ladies Day usually coincides with the
meeting at Epsom, a day always enjoyed by the Queen. This year, Her Majesty’s only runner of the
day, Special Agent, was not at Epsom but was declared for the MPinches
Transport sponsored bumper at Derby Worcester, just 25
minutes ahead of the . Derby
Jockey David Bass confirmed the Queen would be watching a recording of the
race in the Royal Box. The gelding had been a non-runner at our
previous meeting due to the softened ground but this time conditions suited and
he stayed on well to beat Bobble Emerald. The future beholds well for
Special Agent, trained by Nicky Henderson, who won the same bumper with smart
hurdler, Mossley four years ago. Worcester
Burke was former stable jockey to Kinnersley trainer, Fred Rimell and in 1976 became the fifth jockey in history to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year on Royal Frolic and Rag Trade.
Best Mate’s owner, Jim Lewis who turned 80 this week, made the annual trip to
to support St Richard’s Hospice and
the memorial handicap chase in honour of his wife, Valerie. Worcester
This year the race was won by The Romford Pele who came third in a novice chase at the Punchestown Festival in May and is now bound for the Galway Plate.
The Worcester evening meeting last week will go down in history as the night that 19 times champion jockey, Tony McCoy beat his own record which had stood for 10 years, when he rode the fastest ever 50th winner in one season. Coincidentally, the horse on which he achieved this milestone was Bob Keown who, like the Romford Pele is trained by Rebecca Curtis and runs in the same colours.
Claines trainer, Richard Newland gets the right tune out of just about every horse he trains these days. Neverownup won his fourth race in 3 weeks at Newton Abbott, the first of which was at
Slim Pickens followed up his recent Southwell win just 7 days later at
Worcester and Master of Deception added to Newland’s success at Aintree last
The Racecourse stand at the Malvern Three Counties Show was buzzing for three days over the weekend. For the first time, we took an equiciser training horse which attracted the attention of a multitude of budding jockeys, all keen to experience riding ‘jockey style’.
The same equiciser will be part of the numerous free attractions on offer at the Family Fun raceday at Pitchcroft this Sunday when the gates open at 12.20pm.