Lavelle & Mulholland approach November with gusto

Every owner and trainer loves a winner wherever they are, but no-one would argue that winners on the big stage of the UK's major racecourses are that much sweeter. Older readers will recall the late Arthur Stephenson remarking that "little fish are sweet" from Hexham on the day his The Thinker won the Gold Cup in his absence from Cheltenham. Wiltshire trainers Emma Lavelle and Neil Mulholland will have enjoyed the sweet flavour of a winner at Wincanton this Sunday, the day after the West Country launched a new season of Point-to-Point racing at Bishops Court in unsavoury wet conditions that fully tested the newly imposed regime of ticketed events, body temperature scanning, outdoor weigh-in/

Mulholland's no Rookie as Pointing'sear;ly entries show no loss of appetite

It was a busy day on Wednesday for Bath trainer Neil Mulholland, fielding 9 runners across the fixtures at Hereford and Fontwell, and the blanket approach paid handsomely with a treble on the card at the Sussex figure-of-eight course. Wrapping up both divisions of the opening Maiden Hurdle with Lord Accord and the inaptly named Rookie Trainer, Mulholland followed up with Chirico Vallis in the Handicap Hurdle to underscore his team's wellbeing as the opening Cheltenham fixture ramps up the pace of the season this weekend. Three runner-up positions at Hereford show that the team from Conkwell Grange is primed for action for the big autumn prizes, yet sadly there is little prospect of anyone s

Mullins rewarded for long trip north as Avon Vale goes behind closed doors

Wilsford trainer Seamus Mullins came within a whisker of a memorable long distance double at Kelso yesterday , but still came away with his fourth winner of the term when Playa Blanca held on to win the 2m Handicap Hurdle qualifier opening the Sunday card. Plantaganet came with 3/4l of making that a double in the handicap chase, but more than justified the 730 mile round trip. Seamus comes from a family where racing is part of the genetic code. His uncle, the late Paddy Mullins, trained hundreds of winners to be Irish Champion Trainer ten times from the family farm, including the peerless Dawn Run. First cousins Willie, Tony and Tom are all trainers back in Ireland. Seamus has been in th

Hawker makes hay at Newton Abbot on a day for lady jockeys

Richard Hawker wouldn't rank among Somerset's most fashionable trainers. In fact, given his runners under Rules have numbered just 86 since 2016, to say his ventures on to professional racecourses are select might be viewed as understatement. Yet on a day for the girls at Newton Abbot's penultimate day of a season without spectators, there was no doubting the happiest man to leave the course this afternoon after his seven year old Sastruga beat better known rivals in the afternoon's handicap hurdle, at a splendid 40-1 SP. It's safe to say neither Hawker or his owners laid into the horse given his odds, but that little part of Somerset called Rode, just 40 minutes from Larkhill, has an addi

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