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Ed de Giles
Trainer Ed de Giles is hoping the expertise he acquired in the City as an investment banker will stand him in good stead as his string of horses grows.
Having served his racing apprenticeship in Lambourn, de… Read More
Owen Burrows begins his third full season as a trainer in 2018, with high hopes to build on the success of 2016 and 2017. Here he shares exclusive insight with Course-Specialist, on his career to date and the season ahead.… Read More
Named after a former parish located to the north of Newbury, the Al Shaqab-sponsored Lockinge Stakes was established in 1958 over the straight mile at Newbury Racecourse.
The first running was won by a three-year-old, Pall Mall, owned by Her… Read More
Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the… Read More
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year.
As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group… Read More
Racing historian Chris Pitt has just finished chronicling the history of Worcester Racecourse for his new book, ‘Pitchcroft: 300 Years of Racing in Worcester’. It tells of the famous – and infamous – horses and riders that have graced Worcester… Read More
It is 30 years since Rhyme ‘N’ Reason claimed Grand National glory for Brendan Powell, who remembers it like it was yesterday.
A previous winner of the Irish Grand National in 1985, David Elsworth’s charge lined up on Merseyside as… Read More
Given the amount of potential pitfalls, receiving a smooth run in the Grand National is a relative rarity and is one Carl Llewellyn enjoyed 20 years ago aboard Earth Summit.
Having steered Party Politics to glory in the great race… Read More