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17 May 2019

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Things are beginning to pick up for the season. I’ve ridden a few winners in recent weeks, at nearly a…

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29 Apr 2019

April Newsletter

We’d like to welcome you to the April edition of our Newbury Newsletter where you can keep up to date with everything going on here at the racecourse, plus the latest on all the exciting events we have lined up this month.

 

LOOKING BACK

Our 2018/19 jumps season has now come to an end. We have enjoyed more incredible performances and lots of memorable moments, from La Bague Au Roi winning her debut over fences, to Sizing Tennessee leading home a 1-2 in the Ladbrokes Trophy for Colin Tizzard, this season has been full of top class victories. Some of the highlights included a stand-out win by Champ in the Grade 1 Betway Challow Hurdle, whilst San Benedeto provided Paul Nicholls with a record ninth William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup.

Away from the track, we have been treated to some memorable moments, one of which came last weekend when Noel Fehily rode the final race of his career. There was a fairy-tale ending as Noel, who has ridden over 1,300 winners, provided the connections of Get In The Queue with one last winner. 

To view some of the highlights from the season, click the video link below.

 

THIS MONTH

Coming up on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 April, we will be launching the 2019 Flat season here at Newbury with the return of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend. Two outstanding days of racing are centred around Saturday’s Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes, a key trial for the 2,000 Guineas, where we could see Champion Two-Year Old, Too Darn Hot, have his first run of the season.

Come and explore the new site, with a fantastic atmosphere and live music plus our annual Beer & Cider festival featuring over 20 local breweries, there is plenty for you to enjoy. To get you excited, we spoke to our Bars and Cellars Manager Steve Snarey about what it is like to work at Newbury.

 

HOSPITALITY FOCUS

For every raceday we have a variety of hospitality and dining options available, designed to suit each individual need. Both our restaurants offer stunning views of the course, with The Racegoers overlooking the finishing straight and The Hennessy set high above the winning post. Likewise, our hospitality boxes can offer you and your guests the chance to enjoy the races in style. For more information call our hospitality team on 01635 40015 or click the button below to send an e-mail.

 

YOUR SUMMER STARTS HERE

We have 19 flat meetings across this summer, varying from the quieter mid-week racedays, to the Al Shaqab Lockinge with Ladies Day, home of our only Group 1 race, the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. For something more relaxed, why not try one of our Gin Thursdays, where we will have different gins to try, and a DJ after racing on each of the evenings. 

 
 

Ladies Day returns on Saturday 18 May where style meets top racing, followed by an after-party hosted by Me and Mrs Jones, starring Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Sat 18 May

Tom Jones will be performing live after racing on Saturday 20 July. Early booking prices are still available until Friday 5 April.
Tom Jones

Ska legends Madness will be performing some of their hit songs, live after racing on Saturday 17 August. Secure your tickets now.
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17 May 2019

Things are beginning to pick up for the season. I’ve ridden a few winners in recent weeks, at nearly a winner a day. One of the highlights so far was my victory on Bubble And Squeak at Ascot last weekend when it was great to be a part of a treble for trainer Sylvester Kirk.

My boss Roger Charlton has been among the winners too, with another at Bath on Wednesday night. I am pleased about it all. I hope it continues.

I am getting plenty of rides, and good rides for the right people and feel very privileged to have secured such good contacts. There are people that were using my last year, when I was an apprentice, that have continued to use me this year.

Friday rides

1.30 Excellent Magic

She is well bred, quite a big, tall and rangy filly. She is bred to want further than seven furlongs. A lot depends on how the race turns out. It looks quite a strong race and on breeding I think we should be competitive.

3.20 Outofthequestion

I think stepping down in distance is probably a wise move, especially at somewhere like Newbury. It’s a pretty fair track and hopefully I will be able to go forward and kind of have the run of the race knowing that he stays further. He is probably still a bit high in the handicap but if all goes well he should run a nice race. He gets his ground as well.

3.55 Island Glen

Island Glen won second time out under David Egan and looked quite a nice horse in that race at Newcastle. This will be his first start on good to firm ground so we will have to wait and see how he takes to it. He is probably bred to prefer a bit of juice in the ground but hopefully he’ll still be good enough to win this time round.

4.25 Cambric

She has had a lot of time off and is not ideally drawn. She will relish the step up in trip.

Saturday rides

1.50 Red Impression

She is a horse I like a lot. She has shown plenty of promise in her three runs and on the last day she was very unlucky to not quite win at Chelmsford. We were drawn 14 of 14 around a track where it pays to be prominent. I had to swing round into the straight and go quite deep out onto to the track. Considering we were only beaten half a length it was a pretty outstanding run. It’s her first run on turf but I hope she will show the ability she has on the all-weather.

3.00 Headman

He has shown promise, especially in his first two starts. The last day at Newbury he was quite fresh early on in the race and was slightly needing it. Being a big horse he was still a little bit unfit after a long break. Running him back over a mile and two is probably the right idea. I think he has plenty of speed and seemed to have improved from his last race when the ground was a bit too soft for him.

4.50 Lady Adelaide

She showed promise in her first couple of runs and the other week at Newmarket in quite a competitive race she was quite buzzed up in the prelims and still looked like she was going to need the race. In the end she finished a fair fourth, but well beaten. She will improve in time and with a further trip, but I think she should have a shout on her last time out form.

5.25 Thrave

This is quite a competitive race. The drop in trip should help us out as last time she travelled well into the race and faded in the last furlong which suggests she probably didn’t stay the mile. She has won over seven before. Whether the ground could be a bit quick for her could be a problem but we will have to find that out.

12 Apr 2019

 

I am delighted to have been offered the role as Newbury Racecourse ambassador for the 2019 Flat season.

It’s a great racecourse to be involved with, a high-class racetrack which always attracts many of the best horses, trainers and jockeys. I am really looking forward to riding at the course this weekend when we will start to see some future stars emerge for the Flat racing season. It’s a great thrill to be part of both days of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend.

I have recently become stable jockey to Roger Charlton and hopefully will be in action at the track a lot over the season. It is a favoured track of Mr Charlton’s.

Part of my role here will be to represent Club 24 Membership and as I am only 18 myself, I will use it as an opportunity to introduce the sport to more people my age. Hopefully I can relate to what we want to see and get involved with, including behind the scenes visits as well as gallop trips, so it should be fun. Its seriously good value – 29 racedays for £120, that’s under £5 a go!

I couldn’t have wished for a better season last year. To ride 111 winners, to win the Flat apprentice championship, as well as win the Stewards Cup and ride my first Group 1 winner was the stuff of fairytales. I never thought it would develop the way it did.

I don’t feel any pressure to repeat that this season, but obviously I do hope I can and I will be striving to deliver winners for my new boss Roger Charlton as well as many winners as I can for as many other stables as I can.

The year didn’t start too well as I broke my back and neck in a fall at Kempton in January. I spent a lot of time rehabilitating at Oaksey House to keep my fitness up while also resting the fractures. As a result I did not lose much fitness and hardly put on any weight.

I have been able to come back feeling fit, better than before almost. Shortly after my return I was able to win the Rosebery Handicap on Forbidden Planet for Mr Charlton and finish second in the Listed Magnolia Stakes on Extra Elusive who was 20-1.

It was a good way to kick off the new job. I hope we can continue like that throughout the season.

Friday 12 April Rides

4.10 Headman

He’s a nice horse. He showed that last year when he won at Newcastle and got beat by quite a nice Godolphin horse next time out at Kempton. Mr Charlton kind of half blames himself for running him back a bit too quickly. He seems to have strengthened up over the winter and matured nicely. It’s going to be a tough race, as it always is, with some nice horses in there but hopefully he is one of the nicer ones.

4.45 Royal Star

She ran at Newbury last year and ran well. She seems to have improved over the winter and strengthened up quite nicely. It’s hard to know until they get out there but we will soon find out more.

5.20 Tamachan

She looked like she lacked experience and needed time to strengthen on her debut. She is by Camelot so should stay a mile and a quarter and appreciate the ground as well.

5.50 Forever Mine

It is her first start and she has an appealing pedigree so I hope she can show promise for the future.

Saturday 13 April Rides

1.40 Aspetar

He won first time out last year and won a Listed race at Goodwood. He finished third in a decent race at Newbury on his last start. A mile and half seems to suit and the softer the ground the better. It’s quite a hot race so we will see where we are with him.

3.15 History Writer

He showed quite he could be quite smart when he won at Sandown, beating a horse of Sir Michael Stoute’s. He ran creditably afterwards and I would like to think he can do so again over a trip and ground that will suit.

3.50 Migration

He has run twice. He seemed to need experience last year and improved quite nicely from his first to his second run in a race won by quite a nice horse. I think the track will suit him.

4.25 Loch Laggan

This is his debut. He is bred to stay further and hopefully he can show some sort of ability for a stable I ride quite a bit for.

Jason Watson will be providing regular blogs across the season, plus much more. For further information about Club 24 or any upcoming fixtures, visit newburyracecourse.co.uk or call 01635 40015.

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