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Henrietta Knight Retires

At 65 years of age, Henrietta Knight has announced her retirement from the training ranks. The three-times Gold Cup-winning trainer will give up her National Hunt licence to spend more time with her husband, Terry Biddlecombe, who suffered a…

Memorial Bronze For McCain

Aintree racecourse has announced this week that it intends to honour the memory of the late Ginger McCain with a bronze bust of the legendary trainer. Ginger McCain died in September aged 80, since his death racing fans have been calling…

McCain Calls For Line In The Sand

During the 2011 John Smiths Grand National two horses were tragically killed resulting in claims from animal rights campaigners that the race is unduly traumatic on horses. That, coupled with television viewers mistaking the precautionary cooling…
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Fred Rimell

Fred Rimell is one of steeplechasing’s all time greats, having won four jump jockey’s championships and trained four National winners – E.S.B. (1956), Nicolaus Silver (1961), Gay Trip (1970) and Rag Trade (1976). The first time he entered…
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Vincent O’Brien

No man has dominated horseracing to the extent that Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien has done. Born in Clashgannif, Churchtown, County Cork on the 9 April 1917, he is one of the few people in sport who can truthfully be referred to as a legend,…

Why Horses Wear Blinkers

If you’ve ever watched a horse race and wondered why some of the horses are wearing blinkers, then wonder no more. The primary reason is to keep the horse focused on the path ahead of him and limit his peripheral vision to avoid distractions.…

Sir Michael Stoute

In 2009 Sir Michael Stoute became the first trainer to land a 1-2-3 finish in Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes when Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Ask romped home making a clean sweep of the placings and netting the connections…
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Fred Winter

Fred Winter is the only person to have won the Grand National twice as both jockey and trainer and also the only man to have both ridden and trained winners of the Grand National, the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Born in September…