Week Commencing 27th November

1st Dec 2017 |

Well, that time of year is almost upon us – advent calendars at the ready, folks, as the mornings get colder and we awake to that most glorious of sights: a frozen windscreen. Joking aside, Christmas is a time where most households begin to wind down and relax. But for those of us who work in racing, the pace never relents. There are still horses to care for and exercise, even on Christmas Day, which makes you appreciate the level of dedication that those who work in racing need. Below are several photos of Course 315 out on the straights this morning braving the weather!


Here at a very chilly BRS this week we hosted our penultimate Horse Handling Course of the year. Training staff for one of our local racecourses, participants took part in sessions such as Horse Behaviour and Handling Techniques. The course aims to develop the skills of those who may have little experience of horse handling and in order to carry out their job to the maximum further training is required.

A huge congratulations to both Josephine Gordon and Hollie Doyle – both flying the flag for women in racing this week. Josephine brought up 100 winners for the calendar year at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening – a feat achieved by only one other female: Hayley Turner. She then went on top that and become the first woman to ride 101 winners in a year in British racing history following her win on Strange Society at Wolverhampton – what a phenomenal achievement!, Hollie Doyle also had a fantastic week as she rode out her claim at Lingfield Park on board the William Stone trained Hidden Stash. Well done!

On Friday, Ascot Racecourse played host to The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday. On show was the talents of Michael Owen, who performed admirably to finish a fair second to the experienced Point-to-Point rider Tom Chatfield-Roberts. Later that day, a silent auction took place, with one of the lots being a morning at The BRS with both Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon. The lucky winner was James Findlay who paid £1000 to claim the prize. We look forward to welcoming all here in the near future.

And finishing this week with the news that next year’s course dates have now been published for all the courses we run here at The BRS. For more information, head to the Courses and Training section.