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WINSTON C READY FOR BATTLE AT BEVERLEY

Winston C is ready for business ahead of his belated return in the Eppleworth Handicap at Beverley on Wednesday.

The four-year-old son of Rip Van Winkle was a solid performer for Newmarket trainer Michael Bell and was not beaten far in races like last year’s Melrose Handicap at York.

But Winston C has since been transferred to renowned jumps trainer Harry Fry and now competes in Charles Wentworth’s silks.

The two-time winner also underwent a gelding operation last October as he gears up for a first start for 341 days.

Dorset-based Fry, who will be saddling a first runner at Beverley, said: “He’s been with us a few months and he’s got some nice form in the book.

“He’s had a break, and now he’s ready to run. He’s done plenty of work at home and we’re very happy with him, but, like all of them, he’ll be better for the outing.

“We’re very relaxed about his future, and the plan is to take it one race at a time with him.

“The Beverley race looks the right race for him, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Winston C will carry top weight in the mile-and-a-half Eppleworth Handicap (3.25), in which he faces nine rivals.

Be Perfect, Sunglider, Vision Clear and Weather Front are all course-and-distance winners, with the latter on a hat-trick for in-form trainer Karen McLintock.

Northumberland-based McLintock said: “He’s been absolute star for us.

“He had a few issues – ulcers and things like that – but they’ve all been ironed out now and he’s well and truly turned the corner.

“He’s a much brighter, happier horse these days. That’s made all the difference on the track as he’s enjoying putting his best foot forward again.

“The handicapper is going to get him eventually, but Jamie (Gormley) gets on with him really well and we know he likes the track.

“He’s been so consistent all year, and he deserves to win another one.

“You’d like to think he’s still progressing and it would be lovely if he could bring up the hat-trick.”

Beverley’s penultimate meeting of the season is an eight-race programme which begins at 1.50pm. The going is good, with a high of 19C forecast for raceday.

Get your blood pumping with All About the Racing Raceday

The second of the All About the Racing Racedays is held at Pontefract Racecourse on Thursday 27th September. With just shy of 2 months left in the 2018 flat calendar, trainers are looking to finish their horses campaigns off in good style. Expect plenty of competitive and thrilling racing and some great perks!

On Thursday 27th September, there are 7 exciting races on the card which gets underway at 2.05pm. The highlight on the day is the Simon Scrope Dalby Screw-driver Handicap. Back in the 19th century, Screw Driver grabbed the hearts of the Ponte public and got their pulses racing. He won 2 Cup races which consisted of four heats over 2 miles on the same day with the winner being the horse with the best aggregate score over the 8 miles! He is also the earliest Pontefract course specialist on record! Dance King took the honours in 2017 – his third victory at the track for Tim Easterby and David Allan.

There’s a strong supporting card which includes the Frier Wood Novice Auction, which was won in scintillating fashion by Karl Burke’s Unwritten. He destroyed a field of horses who have all made a decent impact during the 2018 season – Austrian School, The Knot is Tied and Hyanna have won 8 races between them so far this year.

For each of the remaining three race meetings the Racecourse is on the lookout for those who think they know a bit about racing, to write a guest racecard analysis which will be published in the racecard on the day. If you’d like to be considered as a guest analyst for any of the last 3 race meetings (27th September or 8th and 22nd October) please contact the racecourse on 01977 781307 or email info@pontefract-races.co.uk.

On each of these racedays, there’ll be a soapbox for any punters to have their say on what they think has a great winning chance! For those who are new to racing, it’s a great way to latch on to a few winners! We’ll also have a guest pundit on the day to guide you through the runners in the Parade Ring and offer valuable guidance and knowledge about the days’ equine action.

Full information on the day, along with early bird discounted advanced tickets are available via the courses website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk , and, as part of the All About The Racing theme, if 4 or more tickets are booked for this race meeting, the track will give you a FREE Racing Post to help to study the form.

HARVEST FESTIVAL RACING AT CATTERICK RACECOURSE

Catterick’s Flat season continues on Saturday 22 September with a new theme, The Harvest Festival Race Day.
The action packed seven-race card will kick off at 1.50pm with the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes and the last race is scheduled for 5.20pm.
The highlight of the afternoon comes at 4:10pm when the course will host the 2018 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final – sponsored by The BAPP Group. Now in its sixth year, the series final offers £25,000 in prize money and is open to those who have run in one of the qualifying races since the season started in April.
Fiona Needham, General Manager said: “The Catterick Twelve Furlong Series always provides some great racing action throughout the season and this year has been no exception – we’re looking forward to the final when our 2018 Catterick Twelve Furlong Champion will be crowned!”
In keeping with the Harvest Festival theme, there will also be traditional ‘village fete’ style entertainment including a Coconut Shy, Tin Can Alley and Hook a Duck in the Course Enclosure, and there will be live music throughout the afternoon from trombone soloist Kenneth Stamp.
In addition, the racecourse will be collecting food donations throughout the day for the local food bank, StoreHouse in Richmond. The collection will be held at the main entrance and a full list of donation items can be found on the StoreHouse website.
As with all of Catterick Racecourse’s fixtures, accompanied under 18’s will be admitted free of charge and in addition to the other entertainment on offer at this meeting, there will be bouncy castles and a roundabout in the Course Enclosure to keep any younger racing fans amused.
A big screen will also be at the course on the day to enable racegoers to see even more of the action from the track, as well as showing the big race action from Ayr Races – featuring the Ayr Gold Cup.
Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “We’re excited to have a new themed race day this year – there’s something for everyone at this meeting, with village festival fun taking place alongside the action on the track, and we’re pleased to be able to support the local community by collecting donations for the StoreHouse foodbank.”
The gates will be open to the public from 11.50am. While the free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately one hour prior to the first race.
Tickets for the day start at just £5 and will be available to purchase at the gates on the day, as well as in advance via the racecourse office or online at www.catterickbridge.co.uk