Equitana, Germany 14-22nd March 2015
Messe Essen houses 850 exhibitors in 17 exhibition halls during the 9 days that Equitana is held. Dubbed ‘The Equestrian Sports World Fair’, it certainly lives up to its reputation.
With every equestrian need catered for, from feeding to breeding, don’t be surprised to see people passing by with brand new wheelbarrows loaded to the hilt with the latest products or whizzing past on scooters. There are live shows and galas throughout, with around 1000 horses taking part and many of them camping on the site. There is also an entire market street and even the odd brass band appearing randomly throughout the halls!
Duralock Performance Fencing has been an exhibitor here for many years and this year we can be found at Stand C32 in Hall 3. So why not pop by for a coffee and a chat with Jean-Philippe or Julie? We are located close to the main Eingang West entrance.
With Tuesday being labelled as ‘favourites day’, Wednesday was a mixed bag. Windsor Park took the first race with the favourite Nichols Canyon in third. Don Poli ran an awesome race in the RSA Chase to finish first, appearing to idle the whole way up the straight and then pricking up his ears, dropping down a gear and storming to the finish. Aux Ptits Soins and Zabana pushed the favourite to third in The Coral Cup.
Dodging Bullets won the big race of the day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, netting one brave punter £1/4million on a £50,000 bet at 5/1! The expected battle between Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre never materialised as Sprinter Sacre was pulled up, trainer Nicky Henderson revealed he had been sent to be scoped by the vet and there has been no indication about retirement.
Rivage d’Or won the Cross Country, but the big story happened before the finish as Quantativeeasing and Toutancarmont crashed through the (Duralock) barriers and knocked down a photographer. This video shows how the racerail acts exactly as designed, separating without splintering or shattering and helping steer the horses to stay close to the course: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-2990069/Cross-Country-carnage-Toutancarmont-Quantitativeeasing-crash-barriers-knock-photographer.html#v-4105254140001
Qualando won the Fred Winter at 25/1 with the favourite Moon Racer taking the Champion Bumper.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Wrynne, a milliner from Leitrim in West Ireland was crowned best dressed in a hat she designed and made herself.
William Hill Imperial Cup Day – Saturday 7th March 2015
William Hill Imperial Cup Day is a must for any Jump racing fan. The day features on Channel 4 and includes two Grade 3 races and the Mares Bumper.
Sandown Park was one of the first courses to be enclosed and this style proved to be a great success, followed soon after by a proliferation of ‘Park’ courses, including the nearby Hurst Park and Kempton Park. The Eclipse Stakes was inaugurated in 1882 and in 1907 the first Imperial Cup was run.
The Imperial Cup, run at Sandown the weekend before Cheltenham, was once the premier hurdle race in the calendar, although that honour now belongs to Cheltenham and the Champion Hurdle, the Imperial still remains as one of the most prestigious. Duralock Performance Fencing is used throughout.
Sandown Park, racerail
For more information on the course, the event, ticket options and even what to wear, please visit: http://sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/william-hill-imperial-cup-day
Ascot chase free raceday – Saturday 14th February 2015
To celebrate 50 years of Jumps racing at Ascot, the racecourse is offering four complimentary Grandstand Admission tickets per applicant for the Ascot Chase Raceday!
The Grandstand offers restaurants, bars and trackside lawns plus a range of entertainment away from the track. Guests can also enjoy both the Pre-Parade Ring and Parade Ring.
Ascot racecourse’s history goes well beyond 50 years. It was originally laid out in 1711 and the first permanent building was erected around 1794. In 1813, Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure, which ensured that the land would always be kept and used as a public racecourse. Closed in 2004 for a £200-million redevelopment it reopened in June 2006 with Duralock Performance Fencing used throughout.
For more information on the course, the event, how to apply and even what to wear, please visit: https://www.ascot.co.uk/2015ascotchasemeet/ascot-chase-free-raceday