May 13, 2020

New Zealand, a country better known among sports fans for its rugby and cricket, has a thriving racing sector too. The “land of the long white cloud” – a translation of the Maori title for Aotearoa, reflects the country’s temperate climate, where the greenery is very c...

May 1, 2020

Sports administrators from football to tennis, racing to cricket, are all exercising their intellects to bring their sports back into circulation when the government permits. In horseracing, the return of Jump racing is taking a back seat to the late-emerging Flat seas...

April 28, 2020

A report after last weekend's racing drew attention to a territory where it would surprise most to learn that the richest Jumps race in the world is not the Grand National, nor even one of the prestigious steeplechases in France, whose racing is funded by a state-run t...

April 22, 2020

America is the land of opportunity, yet despite that, Jump racing has only ever caught on in the United States, and even then, only in states bordering the eastern seaboard. Venture west or into the central states, and Jumping will be seen as “some quirky British thing...

April 3, 2020

With the news that Ireland’s attempt at closed doors racing has become a short-lived attempt to outwit the virus, western Europe is a wasteland for sporting endeavour, with no nation permitting organised sport at any level. Even Wimbledon - that epitome of British unhu...

March 17, 2020

The Point-to-Point Authority confirmed this morning that the British Point-to-Point season has been aborted for this season.  This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved.

However, the Prime Minister’s words last n...

March 14, 2020

The annual Avon Vale fixture at Larkhill on Saturday March 28 remains on course, despite many sports halting or postponing over the past few days. 

The race meeting is under the overall jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority, whose COVID-19 steering grou...

February 14, 2020

Fine wine supplier Ellison & Southwick Fine Wines has backed a race at next month's Avon Vale Races at Larkhill Racecourse in the name of Notorious Pink, its flagship rose wine from the New World. The Notorious Pink Mixed Open will be the feature event of this popular...

February 11, 2020

It may have been dry January for some, but given the wet winter, we all need something to look forward to, and local brewer Wadworth has teamed up again with the Avon Vale Races to offer free beer to one lucky person who buys their race ticket in advance before March 2...

February 8, 2020

National Hunt racing takes centre stage when the Cheltenham Festival rolls around and many punters wager on the 28 races without realising there is another great market to explore. The Cheltenham Festival top jockey market is one of the more unique markets a punter can...