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Towcester used to be the other way round

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Towcester has one of the stiffest uphill finishes of any racecourse. It’s a hard pull all the way from the final bend. Racing began here in 1876. It was originally left-handed and called Grafton Hunt. Until 1928 it only raced one day a year, on Easter Monday. Later that year, Lord Hesketh formed the Towcester Racecourse Company. Furthermore, he changed ...

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Chelmsford racecourse had its own church!

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Chelmsford City recourse isn’t in Chelmsford; it’s actually closer to Braintree. Its previous racecourse was nearer the town, located two miles south at Galleywood Common. The original Chelmsford racecourse was jumps only, holding four one-day meetings a year. A right-handed circuit, it encircled The Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just beyond the winning post. The great Golden ...

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Conditions races set to change this season

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The conditions of more than 40 conditions races will change this Flat season. From April, the official handicappers can only increase the ratings of the winners, or horses that have had less than four runs. All other runners will either have their handicap marks left unchanged or reduced. Conditions races are aimed at horses that are just below Listed or ...

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Doncaster racegoers losing out in ongoing dispute

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One sure-fire way of annoying your customers is to withdraw a facility they’d previously enjoyed without good reason. That’s what racecourse owners Arc have done at Doncaster on the eve of its biggest jumping day of the year. Six Arc courses, including Doncaster, became part of new betting shop channel The Racing Partnership (TRP) on January 1. Ladbrokes, Coral and ...

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Will extra prize-money bring one more horse Cheltenham?

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Earlier this month it was announced that the 2017 Cheltenham Festival will have record prize-money. An increase of £190,000 will take the total prize-money to £4,305,000. The Arkle and the RSA Chase will both now be worth £175,00, an increase of £25,000. A total of 18 races have received a cash injection of £5,000. What’s the point of that? Will ...

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ITV racing: what did you make of it?

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Yesterday’s first ITV racing programme since 1985 received mixed reviews. We expected that. ITV’s coverage was altogether lighter in tone than Channel 4’s. Ed Chamberlin – whom I’d never seen before – came across well as the new face of racing presentation. Luke Harvey did a good job as the humorous pundit. AP looked comfortable in his role. Laudably, the ...

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Racing’s funding – don’t hold your breath

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Racing’s funding - that old canard. Racing’s funding is under the spotlight as we approach the end of the year. Relations between horseracing and UK’s  bookmakers have never been less conciliatory. When Paul Bittar took over as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, he made a point of saying that bookmakers were the sport’s shop window. The best policy ...

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