O’Keeffe Pontefract’s star of show

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Leighton Aspell celebrates on Pineau De Re after winning The Crabbie's Grand National last weekend

3:18pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE flat season stepped up a gear this week, especially in Yorkshire, starting of at Pontefract who opened their gates for the first time this year on Tuesday, and trainer Jedd O’- Keeffe proved the star of the show saddling a 131/1 double.

Cowards have three to choose from

3:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

TOP competition is expected for the Bedale Hunt Point to Point this weekend, with 85 entries confirmed for the six-race card.

Tempest storms to Lincoln glory

Darlington and Stockton Times: DANTE OPTION: Hartnell, right, could represent Mark Johnston in the Dante Stakes at York next month

4:21pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE new Flat season burst into life at Doncaster last Saturday with the Lincoln, and once again it was a big-priced winner, with Ocean Tempest coming home in front at 20-1.

Opposition Buzz scales down events

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY DAYS: Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz in action at London 2012

4:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

NICOLA WILSON has announced that Opposition Buzz, the horse she partnered to an Olympic silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, has been retired from elite competition.

Winners return to contest the Lincoln

Darlington and Stockton Times: READY TO GO: Trainer Richard Fahey (front right) leads down his three Lincoln runners Gabrial's Kaka ridden by Barry McHugh (right), Hi There ridden by Tony Hamilton and Brae Hill ridden by Ben Hamilton (centre) this week

3:40pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE flat is back. Yes, the new flat season bursts into life tomorrow at Doncaster with the prestigious William Hill Lincoln being the flagship race, and it’s fascinating to see the last three winners are back to have another tilt at the prize.

Spectators treated to a fine point-to-point

3:38pm Friday 28th March 2014

PLENTY of runners turned out for the Hurworth point-to-point at Skutterskelfe Park, Hutton Rudby last weekend.

Windermere Lords it up at Festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Lord Windermere under Davy Russell goes on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

4:37pm Friday 21st March 2014

HARD to believe the Cheltenham Festival is over for another year, but a thrilling finish to the Gold Cup saw Lord Windermere become the new best mate of trainer Jim Culloty after grabbing a heart-stopping win in last Fridays Gold Cup from On His Own.

Blue Bertie backed for success at Hurworth

4:35pm Friday 21st March 2014

SKUTTERSKELFE PARK in Hutton Rudby is the location for Yorkshire’s next point-topoint which takes place on Saturday.

Impressive one-two for McManus

Darlington and Stockton Times: VICTORY: Barry Geraghty on Jezki (front) beats Tony McCoy on My Tent or Yours (back) to victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day at Cheltenham

4:38pm Friday 14th March 2014

THE Cheltenham Festival burst into life on Tuesday and famous owner JP McManus had a fabulous one-two with Jezki leading home My Tent Or Yours.

Sun shines for Derwent Hunt point to point

4:37pm Friday 14th March 2014

GLORIOUS weather ensured the crowds were out in force at the Derwent Hunt Point to Point to witness some of the most competitive racing seen so far this season on the first spring like day of the year at the weekend.

Reveleys celebrate Milan victory

Darlington and Stockton Times: VICTORY: Night In Milan with jockey James Reveley enter the winners enclosure after winning The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase

1:00pm Monday 10th March 2014

NIGHT IN MILAN left the father and son combination of Keith and James Reveley dreaming of Aintree glory after continuing their love affair with Doncaster last Saturday, winning the William Hill Grimthorpe Handicap Chase.

Wyck takes Tom over the Hill

4:43pm Friday 28th February 2014

A QUALITY renewal of the Eider Chase took place at Newcastle, and it produced a very impressive winner with Wyck Hill coming home clear under Tom Scudomore.

Nicholls leads tributes to Barker

4:51pm Friday 21st February 2014

THE northern racing community is in mourning following the death last Sunday of former trainer David Barker at the age of 44.

Smith and Mania at the double

Darlington and Stockton Times: MCCOY WIN: AP McCoy on his way to victory in the Novices’ Hurdle on Capote

4:12pm Friday 14th February 2014

ONCE again, the weather has had its impact and many meetings, unsurprisingly, have been called off but Catterick did go ahead on Monday and the Grand National-winning combination of Sue Smith and Ryan Mania teamed up for a double.

Teesdale vets branch out to Lanchester

4:11pm Friday 14th February 2014

A TEESDALE veterinary practice is expanding with the launch of a branch in the north of County Durham to cater for horse owners.

Sure-footed Ely Brown wins it for Longsdon

2:35pm Friday 7th February 2014

WITH all the rain around, the ground staff at Wetherby deserve plenty of credit for getting their meeting on last Saturday. The seven-race card saw some quality finishes and the feature race, the Towton Chase went the way of Ely Brown.

No Encore after Aurora retirement

Darlington and Stockton Times: PROUD MOMENT: Auroras Encore wins the Grand National since

4:11pm Friday 31st January 2014

LAST YEAR’S Grand National hero Auroras Encore, the first Yorkshire winner of the famous race since 1960, has been retired after fracturing a leg in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

O’Meara is reaching for the Moon

Darlington and Stockton Times: AT HOME AT WETHERBY: Rose Of The Moon being led to victory on Tuesday

11:39am Monday 27th January 2014

AFTER training well over 100 winners last year on the Flat, David O’Meara was dreaming of winning the most famous jump race in the world, the Grand National, with Rose Of The Moon, who took the feature race at Wetherby on Tuesday.

A busy point to point card

11:37am Monday 27th January 2014

SIX races have been scheduled for the South Durham Hunt Farmers Club point-to-point at Howe Hills, Mordon on Saturday.

Swinbank off the mark with Molly

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRETCHING AHEAD: Foundry Square riden by Will Telfer wins the Open Hunters Steeple Chase at Newbury on Wednesday

4:18pm Friday 17th January 2014

ALAN SWINBANK is the master when it comes to bumper winners and the trainer looks to have another very smart horse on his hands with Molly Cat, a filly who took the concluding race at Wetherby last Saturday in very easy under Paddy Brennan.

Glass shows class in point-to-point

4:16pm Friday 17th January 2014

A HUGE crowd watched on as Classinaglass started the new season in the same winning fashion in which he finished the 2013 pointto- point season.

Pippa on top form in USA

4:16pm Friday 17th January 2014

STOCKTON rider Pippa Allen helped her team to victory in a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ competition in Florida this week.

Fine day at the races for Hughes

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM BEHIND: Runners and Riders during The Your Favourite Pool Bets At totepool.com Novices' Hurdle at Southwell Racecourse, Southwell

4:57pm Friday 10th January 2014

WITH Sandown and Wincanton both called off due to the weather last Saturday, all eyes were on Newcastle and it proved a fine day for jockey Brian Hughes who enjoyed a red-letter day with a treble on Retrieve The Stick, Dingo Bay and Oleohneh.

Apprentice award for Laura

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWARD: Laura Robinson is presented with her apprenticeship award by Rob Hoekstra

4:55pm Friday 10th January 2014

A NORTHALLERTON showjumper travelled to London to receive her apprenticeship award.

Young Menzies reaching for the stars

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRIGHT FUTURE: At 24, Rebecca Menzies is Britain’s youngest trainer, and is based in Brandsby, near Easingwold

4:34pm Friday 3rd January 2014

WHEN Rebecca Menzies was 15, she was called in to the deputy head’s office at her girls’ grammar school.

Boxing Day festivities bring curtain down on 2013

Darlington and Stockton Times: A GOOD YEAR: 2013 has been another strong year for racing in the North-East

4:31pm Friday 3rd January 2014

ALTHOUGH pretty wet at present, it was great that the majority of the racing got the go ahead on Boxing Day and plenty of local winners over the festive period.

Countrywide Flame calls it a day

12:17pm Monday 6th January 2014

COUNTRYWIDE FLAME, one of the sport’s top dual-purpose performers, has run his last race after succumbing to a degenerative bone condition that will require him to be monitored over the coming months.

McCain and Maguire take a treble

Darlington and Stockton Times: BATTLE: Dawalan ridden by Barry Geraghty (left) with Rayak ridden by Tony McCoy on their way to victory in the Blackmore Building Juvenile Hurdle during the Christmas Raceday at Newbury Racecourse

12:11pm Friday 20th December 2013

IT WAS a really enjoyable day of sport that took place at Catterick on Tuesday, and it proved a good day’s work for Donald McCain and his stable jockey Jason Maguire as they teamed up to record a treble on the day.

Hurworth’s Jessica scoops national award

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWARD WINNER: David Broome presents Jessica Crompton with her award

12:09pm Friday 20th December 2013

A HURWORTH youngster finished the 2013 season in fine style by scooping a national award.

De Boitron does it for Sue Smith

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINAL STRAIGHT: The Bull Hayes ridden by Ryan Mahon clears the final hurdle to win The Mistletoe Selling Hurdle Race at Leicester Racecourse

1:22pm Friday 13th December 2013

WETHERBY staged the final meeting before their big Boxing Day card last Saturday, and punters who braved the cold wind were warmed up with some cracking finishes.

Praise for Catterick’s summer series of dressage events

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUCCESS: Doris Bain with Fergal

1:21pm Friday 13th December 2013

A SUMMER series of dressage at Catterick Saddle Club has just come to an end, with organiser Ian Brown declaring it a great success.

My Tent Or Yours smashes rivals

Darlington and Stockton Times: OVER YOU GO: Jan Jandura (left) and Oh Right clear a fence in The SIS Live Handicap Steeple Chase at Sedgefield

3:23pm Friday 6th December 2013

MY TENT Or Yours delivered a seasonal debut brimming with promise as he crushed his rivals in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on Saturday, the first Grade 1 hurdle race of the British jumps season.

Barker on the hunt for horse

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOOK-OUT: Paul Barker, of Northallerton

3:03pm Friday 29th November 2013

A LEADING professional show jumper is looking for a new horse to help him regain his place in the top ten rankings.

McCain is the King of Diamonds

Darlington and Stockton Times: LAST WINNER: Countrywide Flame ridden by Dennis O'Regan goes on to win the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse

3:01pm Friday 29th November 2013

WETHERBY staged a very decent card on Wednesday and Diamond King was the star on show, maintaining his unbeaten record with a pleasing first effort over hurdles, looking the real deal.

Three-sy does it for handler Smith

Darlington and Stockton Times: IRISH GLORY: City Slicker ridden by Ruby Walsh clears the last for Walsh's fifth win of the day in the Go Racing In Kildare 2014 Membership Handicap Hurdle race during day two of the Winter Festival at Punchestown

4:05pm Friday 22nd November 2013

A KNOWLEDGABLE crowd gathered to watch a competitive card at Wetherby last Saturday and the trainer to follow was Sue Smith, who enjoyed a fine treble on the afternoon.

Reveleys revelling in Sedgefield wins

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINAL STRAIGHT: Horses jump the last fence in The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices' Hurdle Race at Huntingdon

12:25pm Friday 15th November 2013

LIKE many meetings, over many years, Sedgefield’s winners list on Tuesday had the name Reveley on it, not once but twice.

Castle Hill Crystal takes champion foal award

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIG SHOW: Owners parade their ponies at Barnard Castle Auction Mart last weekend

12:23pm Friday 15th November 2013

THE Dales Pony Society winter foal show was held at Barnard Castle Auction Mart last Saturday.

Topper’s the tops with Wetherby win

Darlington and Stockton Times: STEAK NIGHT: Tony McCoy on Minella Steaks in action at Chepstow on Wednesday

2:40pm Friday 8th November 2013

A LARGE crowd assembled at Wetherby last Saturday for their feature race of the season, the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, and it didn’t disappoint as Harry Topper dug deep inside the final furlong and conjured up a spirited effort to hold off Wayward Prince and Unioniste.

Innovator Emma patents new design for horse jump cups

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCHOOLING AIDS: Emma Watkinson’s poles, cones and cups provide a lightweight answer to traditional jumps

2:38pm Friday 8th November 2013

INNOVATOR Emma Watkinson has patented a new lightweight jump “cup” for training horses.

Cracking card lined up for Wetherby showpiece, with Long Run favoured

Darlington and Stockton Times: WETHERBY FAVOURITE: Long Run is expected to be at the front of the field in tomorrow’s big race at Wetherby

1:23pm Friday 1st November 2013

TOMORROW a packed crowd is expected at Wetherby for their showcase race of the season, the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase.

Double honour for Unicorn Centre

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNSUNG HERO: Tom Miller, with his award after being named RDA Vet of the Year

1:21pm Friday 1st November 2013

THE Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre based at Hemlington, near Middlesbrough, is celebrating after receiving two national awards in one night.

Vicky is Smart

1:19pm Friday 1st November 2013

THIRSK rider Vicky Smart took the reserve title in the 2013 South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Racehorse to Riding Horse Of The Year title riding her ex-racehorse, Chivola in fine style at Horse of the Year Shown (HOYS).

Scatter Dice falls right for Johnston

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON A WINNER: Da'Quonde ridden by Graham Lee (front right) wins The Fortnet Silver Partner Handicap Stakes during the Construction and Industry Race day at Nottingham Racecourse earlier this week

4:31pm Friday 18th October 2013

MARK JOHNSTON bagged one of the most competitive handicaps of the season last Saturday with Scatter Dice, who stayed on dourly to win the Betfred Cesarewitch under Silvestre de Sousa at 66-1.

A four-midable day for de Sousa

Darlington and Stockton Times: OVER YOU GO: Imperial Circus ridden by Richard Johnson jumps the last on his way to victory in the Betfair Cash Out Handicap Chase at Ludlow Racecourse

4:46pm Friday 11th October 2013

THE new week started with a competitive card at Pontefract and Silvestre de Sousa was the jockey to follow, riding an excellent 196/1 fourtimer on Dullingham, Party Royal, Statutory and Aglaophonos.

On-song Sommerville hits Aske Trials for six

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: Nicola Wilson

4:45pm Friday 11th October 2013

YOUNG Boroughbridge rider James Sommerville made Aske Horse Trials his own with six rides and six placings at the international event.

Record entries for Countryside Live

3:57pm Friday 4th October 2013

A WEEKEND of equine excellence is promised at the ‘little sister’ event of the Great Yorkshire Show, Countryside Live, on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, at the Harrogate Showground.

Johnston and Nicholls the ideal double act at Ripon

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORDS OF PRAISE: Trainer Ann Duffield was delighted with the ride given to Milly’s Secret by PJ McDonald at Hamilton on Monday

3:57pm Friday 4th October 2013

RIPON brought down the curtain on their season last Saturday and Mark Johnston and Adrian Nicholls teamed up for a fine double on the day, starting off with King Of Macedon in the opening maiden.

Fall could end Mulrennan’s season

Darlington and Stockton Times: WETHERBY-BOUND: Grand National winner Auroras Encore, pictured here at Sedgefield with jockey Ryan Mania, will start off his new season in the Charlie Hall Chase

3:51pm Friday 27th September 2013

A FALL at Hamilton early this week has left top northern Flat jockey Paul Mulrennan’s season hanging in the balance.

York top target for Fahey star Baccarat

Darlington and Stockton Times: RICHARD FAHEY: Hoping for success with Baccarat in the Sprint Trophy, alongside the owner of Hi There

3:34pm Friday 27th September 2013

BACCARAT could go for the Coral Sprint Trophy at York on October 12 in a bid to land a second big sprint handicap this season.

International stars on show

1:16pm Friday 20th September 2013

SOME of the world’s top eventers are lined up for Aske International Horse Trials at Aske Hall, near Richmond, next weekend.

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