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It has been a great start to 2020 for Middleham Park Racing with 6 winners and some very promising performances. January is a little bit of the calm before the storm, in the next couple of months we have a stable visit nearly every weekend as well as plenty of exciting racing! Here is a recap of what happened in January and what we can look forward to in the coming months!

The MPR Team



This Month's Stats
In Other News
- Doncaster Lincoln Meeting
- Marie's Rock
- Cheltenham Preview Evening
- MPR Scarves
Racing Breaks
2YO New Names
Stable Visits
Follow The Team On Social
New National Hunt Horse
Under The Radar
Behind The Scenes At Newbury



01/01/20 - Southwell - Mick Appleby

They say start as you mean to go on! Airshow got our year off to a flying start by winning at Southwell. Back down to the minimum trip Airshow seemingly enjoyed his first start on the Fibresand surface at Southwell. He was prominent throughout and came home gamely on the near side in the hands of Ali Rawlinson, just sticking his neck where it counts. 
AIRSHOW looks set for a decent campaign on the all-weather, if national hunt racing isn't for you Airshow could be ideal to keep you going until the season starts up again. 


09/01/20 - Newcastle - Roger Fell

Only 24 hours previously our two runners at Newcastle hadn't been able to run due to a failure with some of the floodlights. Thankfully Double Martini's race went off without a hitch, and our Irish import was able to take full advantage. He was trying a mile for the very first time having slowly worked his way up to it of the course of his time at Rogers. Double Martini took a keen hold as you would expect from a horse stepping up in trip. Ben Curtis judged the ride to perfection just hitting the lead with a furlong to go. The current AW Championship leading jockey was delighted with the win.


15/01/20 - Wolverhampton - David Lanigan

Our fine exploits on the AW continued less than a week on from Double Martini's win. Longsider on only his second start had the dreaded outside draw to contend with at Wolverhampton. Longisder, with Shane Kelly in the saddle, broke well and took their time to join the front ranks of the race. Just before the final bend, Shane made a decisive move to join the leaders to get the ideal position to win the race. Our 3yo son of, Derby winner, Ruler Of The World still looked a little bit green throughout the race, but he didn't need to be asked twice to put the race to bed. The winning margin was 5l in the end and could have been further. Longsider holds an entry in the Derby later in the year, dare we dream?

We weren't the only ones taken by LONGSIDER'S win at Wolverhampton! At The Races posted him up as their Hot Prospect of the week. 


15/01/20 - Wolverhampton - Marco Botti

We barely had time to celebrate our last winner before our next one came along. Batchelor Boy made it two wins from 4 career starts in the race after Longsider's at Wolverhampton. Our Marco Botti trained son of Footstepsinthesand was making his handicap debut off a mark of 75. Daniel Muscutt had Batchelor Boy close to the pace which proved to be vital to winning the race. The pair got first run on the eventual runner up, who came from off the pace. It was a good performance from Batchelor Boy who wouldn't have seen the fast finisher coming. Batchelor Boy is heading the right direction and should be in for a good season.


22/01/20 - Lingfield - David Lanigan

A week on from Longsider's victory at Wolverhampton and it was the turn of one of our other David Lanigan 3 year-olds to make his mark. PRINCE OF EAGLES had shown promise in his first two runs and went off a short price to open his account Lingfield. The 'jockey of the moment', Ben Curtis was in the saddle, he had Prince Of Eagles in a the right spot just off the pace. He was last off the bridle and made his move as they straightened up for home, picking the leaders with ease. Prince Of Eagles was well on top at the line, pricking his ears as he went past. 


31/01/20 - Newcastle - Keith Dalgleish

A winner on the first day of the month and a winner on the last day of the month! It was beginning to look like a frustrating night up at Newcastle with two of our runners having already placed on the card. RED BOND had made a good return off a long lay off last time out and as such found himself as one of the market principles for the race. Red Bond jumped well, and Callum was able to take him to the front to dictate the proceedings. Everything looked to be falling right for Red Bond, and when Callum asked him to pick up, he made no mistake. The pair quickly pulled 5 lengths clear of any of their rivals. Nobody else had a chance to get into the race and the winning distance, in the end, was 8 1/2 lengths! It wouldn't be a surprise to see Red Bond out again very shortly before the handicapper can have his say!


2nd Place
06/01/20 - WATHEER
11/01/20 - MOTAWAAFEQ
3rd Place
03/01/20 - RED RISK
03/01/20 - ALEX GRACIE
24/01/20 - WATHEER


Doncaster Lincoln Meeting

It feels as if the National Hunt season has only just started but nevertheless the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster is in sight. Entries for the big Heritage Handicap have already had to be made, and we are fortunate to be able to enter five horses in this year's race. MARIE'S DIAMOND, RED BOND, STAR OF SOUTHWOLD, STAR SHIELD and WAARIF all have entries in the first big handicap of the year. 
Lincoln day is a great day for our owners as we host our annual Middleham Park Racing owners' event. This year will be no different and we are expecting it to be more popular than ever before. It's a fabulous opportunity to meet fellow owners, have a lovely meal and there are even some prizes to be won on the day. As predicted the response from our owners has been great and there are only a few places left!

Marie's Rock

It has been an exciting month for owners of MARIE'S ROCK, who without running has worked her way to the head of the market for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival. There has been plenty of racing experts in her corner after her impressive win in a listed race at Taunton last month, none more so than Mick Fitzgerald who posted Marie's Rock up as his 2020 ITV Racing £20 Challenge bet for the year. 

Our National Hunt Manager, Tom Palin, confirmed on twitter that Marie's Rock wouldn't be taking in any further trial races before the festival and all being well will head straight to the Mares' Novices' Hurdle on 12th March. Speaking to Timeform Tom said " We didn't really want to run her this weekend and next weekend there is not much for her, unless she was to carry a double penalty in an ordinary novice. There probably wouldn't be much point in doing that apart from jumping a few hurdles in public...Nicky Henderson is the master of getting horses ready for Cheltenham at home and he's happy to do that."
Our National Hunt operation is the biggest it has ever been at the moment and shares are selling quickly, both CROSSING LINES (David Pipe) and GLAJOU (Paul Nicholls) have sold out recently. We have added a new jumps horse and a new trainer to our ranks and you can find out more about them later in the newsletter.

Cheltenham Preview Evening

Speaking of Cheltenham, if you haven't had a chance to follow as much National Hunt racing as you might have liked, you will probably want to book a spot at this preview evening on Wednesday 4th March!

The event is organised by one of our owners Tony Elvin and will be supporting our charity partners Racing Welfare. A percentage of the ticket price will be donated to the charity as well as proceeds from the auction on the night. 

Tickets cost just £12.50 and will probably benefit you as well as the charity as some top panellists will be giving their thoughts on the festival winners. Panellists include; Top Jockeys Danny Cook and Colm McCormack, Chris Dixon, David Carr and our very own Jamie Brownlow. 
If you would like a bit more information or would like to book yourself a ticket email Tony at


One of our long standing owners, Jamie Brownlow, who many of you know well, has very kindly initiated a fund raising campaign for our Charity partners Racing Welfare.

Jamie will be ordering 50 of these knitted blue and orange striped scarves in our colours. They will cost £20 plus P&P with £10 from each scarf sold going to Racing Welfare:

They measure 145cm x 18cm and are 100% acrylic.
If you would like to pre-order one, please email us at and we will pass the details onto Jamie, who will then email with regarding your order and payment information.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - St.Cloud Package

From £995pp

£50 OFF for Middleham Park Racing Owners

Our official travel partner, Racing Breaks, are offering an incredible package to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October 2020.

This is the perfect way to enjoy a weekend away in Paris and see Enable potentially take the title for a third time. After its fairly recent makeover, ParisLongchamp is an incredible place to experience Europe’s richest race.

This package includes everything you need and more for a weekend away to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and

  • Return Eurostar travel from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord (flights also available)

  • Return transfers from Gare du Nord to hotel

  • Three nights accommodation at the Renaissance Paris Hippodrome de St. Cloud Hotel

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Ticket to Saint-Cloud race day on Friday

  • Return coach transfers to Longchamp Racecourse

  • Weekend Grandstand seats to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

  • Racing Breaks Luncheon prior to racing on Sunday

  • Invitation to Racing Breaks drinks evening on Saturday night. Hosted by Frankie Dettori in 2019

Enjoy £50 off per person as an exclusive offer for Middleham Park Racing Owners

For more information or to make an enquiry, click here:

St.Cloud Package

How about the Cheltenham Festival?

Racing Breaks also have some fantastic hotel and racing packages for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival in March 2020. 

Starting from just £195 per person, you could enjoy all of the following to make the most of your Festival experience;

  • One night’s accommodation at The Manor House 4*, Celtic Manor

  • Dinner on evening of arrival 

  • Tickets to the Cheltenham Festival 

  • Return racecourse transfers

Other hotel and ticket options available. 
For more information, please visit the link below


Call 0800 193 6646 or email:

We are starting to get a few names filtering through for some of our new 2yo's. Here's an update on some of the names you can look forward to cheering on later this year.
Acclamation ex Midnight Oasis - Richard Hannon
Keith Denham who named him tells us: "'Tormenta' is the Spanish word for Storm. Many of you will remember Ventura Storm who finished second in the St Leger back in 2016 and went on to win a Group 1 in Milan. Let's hope this new colt can live up to his name!"
Acclamation ex Khalice - Richard Hannon
John Holcroft named him and said "The name is taken from the Birmingham City theme song Keep Right On (to the end of the road). Let's hope that the horse is more successful than my football team!"
Dandy Man ex Warm Welcome - Richard Hannon
Pearl Secret ex Concentration - Richard Hannon
Myboycharlie ex Plebeya - Richard Hannon
Paul Williams who named him, tells us: "I thought it would be nice to keep the 'Myboy' part of his sire and the 'max' was in memory of our late Golden Retriever who gave us so much fun and happiness. It is great to hear the very optimistic reports of his progress to date although it is very early days and we must not get too optimistic just yet. Myboymax has a lot to live up to as I have been incredibly lucky with the horses I have named so far, with Bahceli, Esentepe, Tatlisu, Kantara Castle, Whisky Marmalade, and Kyrenia Castle all managing wins, about sixteen I think."
Kendargent ex Matorio - Michael Bell
Jonny Fox who named him, tells us: “Myself and my friends often have trips to Vegas each year, whether through work or for pleasure, also a huge American football fan, so with the Oakland Raiders moving their team this year to Las Vegas I thought the name was quite apt for the year.”
Holy Roman Emperor ex Gale Green - Keith Dalgleish
Rob Wood, who named her, tells us "Like the other MPR Beechwood horses I've named, Beechwood is my  company name and Emily is one of my daughters."
Owners of both LEGAL HISTORY and CROSSING LINES visited David Pipe's Sommerset base. We enjoyed a lovely morning on the gallops both horses look in great shape. David gave us a full tour of the facilities at Pond House and owners got to spend a bit of quality time with their horses. A great way to start our run of stable visits!
We have a number of stable visits booked in the coming weeks. If you are interested in finding out more about a specific horse these are a great way to hear exactly what the trainer thinks. You can browse the dates and book yourself on a stable visit by clicking the images below.
Stable Visits
Our Director Of Racing, Tim Palin, has recently joined Twitter! If you want to give him a follow, his details and the details for the rest of the team are below.
Twitter: @TimPALIN1
Instagram: @tpalin1

Twitter: @tpalin
Instagram: @palin_mpr

Twitter: @MiddlehamPark
Twitter: @holmes_char

Twitter: @T_Denham
Instagram: @denham_tom

Colin Tizzard

Purchased at the Tattersalls Cheltenham January Sale, we are thrilled to welcome multiple Grade 1 winning trainer COLIN TIZZARD to #TeamMPR, with this young, exciting son of Mount Nelson.

NELSONS ROCK made a very favourable impression when winning his four-year-old maiden at Tinahely back in October, getting off the mark at the third time of asking and the five-year-old once again returned to the scene of his four-year-old success to record back-to-back successes for Wexford-based handler Mick Goff. The bay gelding made much of the running in the second half of the contest under a positive ride which saw him press on over the downhill fences on the final two circuits to increase the tempo. Once meeting the hill in the home straight on the final circuit, he kicked clear and was soon in command, ultimately crossing the line with eight lengths to spare.

For More information about NELSONS ROCK and to view the available shares click the link below.
Nelsons Rock


Paul Nicholls

A recent acquisition from France and Paul Nicholls couldn’t be happier with what he’s seen at home. He’s ready to run and one to look out for over the next few months.
Keith Osborne, a staff member at Newbury and Cheltenham, and an MPR owner takes us behind the scenes on a race day at Newbury. 

When I first started going racing in the early eighties I had little comprehension of all the various roles people have within the industry.  As my passion for the sport grew, so did my interest in all things racing. I have now attended 50 of the 60 courses and intend to get the full house up in 2020.  A couple of years ago I retired from my full-time role as an Occupational Counsellor for the Metropolitan Police and was determined to use my spare time giving back to a sport that has given and continues to give me so much pleasure. So, imagine my delight when I landed a role working in the Weighing Room at Newbury and it is now my absolute pleasure to share my knowledge with fellow enthusiasts.

The Weighing Room is the central nerve centre of a race meeting with various officials on duty, such as Clerk of the Course, Clerk of the Scales, Judge, Starters, Stewards, Vet’s, Doctors, Physiotherapist, Racecourse Announcers, Valets and of course jockeys. They are backed up by the Newbury Staff team who manage declarations, colour bags, jockey exit and entry, trophy collection and photo finish information. In addition there are the people who issue the number cloths and insert the timers into said cloths and by no means least the catering staff who look after the food needs of jockeys and officials.

In the first two hours before the first race, the stable staff will come in and declare the horses, as well as state what is to happen if a horse sheds a shoe before the race. It is also at this point that they give us the colour bag which is taken into the Valets. The Declarations Clerk has to ensure this information is accurately transferred to worksheets and given to the various officials 45 minutes before the start of the race. In addition, non-runners, jockey changes also have to be notified. 

My role is to ensure the colour bags get to the correct valet, there tends to be three to four on a race day and then to respond to a request for collection of said bag by stable staff after racing.  

Once racing begins there are set times for jockeys to leave the weighing room and my job is to assist the timely procession by first ringing a 5-minute warning bell and then to ring a jockeys out bell.  The BHA rule is for jockeys to leave the weighing room 13 minutes before the start of the race.

Before this the jockeys have to weigh out.  The valets will assist the jockeys in making sure they have the right colours and equipment.  The jockeys then collect their number cloth and present themselves to the Clerk of The Scales for Weighing out.

The Clerk of the Scales is in overall charge of proceedings and manages all aspects of BHA procedures, such as jockeys weighing in and out, colour changes, jockey changes, non-runners, notification of headgear, such as blinkers etc and in conjunction with the judge the official result. Results are only declared after the required number of jockeys have weighed in.

The Clerk of the Scales notifies our team of how many are required to weigh in at the end of a race and we inform the jockeys of requirements as they come back in.

Once racing has started the Weighing Room is a very busy place with a constant stream of jockeys weighing out for the start of a race, jockeys weighing in at the end of the race, stable staff and trainers collecting equipment to saddle up their horses and collecting colour bags. There could also perhaps be a stewards enquiry, a doctor assessment of jockeys who have fallen during the race and requests for jockeys to attend race presentations.

When I attended as a just a punter I used to think that the 30/35 minutes between racing was ample.  However, I now realise it can be extremely tight for all concerned.

I have the absolute honour of going into the Jockey room as part of my role and love the banter that goes on, (sorry no gossip the golden rule what is said there stays in there). What I will say is one of the strangest requests I had was from a TV presenter (who shall remain nameless) who required a safety pin to help with a dress malfunction, so thanks to the valet who came to her rescue.

Anyway in finishing this article I hope this has given you a little bit of insight into some of the work that goes on behind the scenes.  Newbury, (as do most course), do various behind the scenes tours, so if you get a chance take advantage of one of these when you come racing.

Thank you very much Keith, for that insightful look behind the scenes on race day. Best of luck in your efforts to visit all 60 racecourses!
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