Knightwick Races

A competitive day’s racing is in prospect at Knightwick Races tomorrow (Sunday, April 28), when racing gets underway at 2pm.

Welcome rain has helped with ground preparations, watering has been taking place as needed, and 75 entries should ensure good racing.

Gloucestershire-based Charlie Dando could get the meeting off to a winning start when riding Carrig Dubh in the confined race. The ten-year-old has been placed against classy rivals in recent races, and this looks a winning opportunity. Dando says: “I’ve not been to Knightwick, and will be walking the course before racing, but I’ve heard they’ve done a good job with the ground, so we are running Carrig Dubh and Loodeen in the maiden race. Carrig Dubh is no world beater, but he’s pretty consistent and should like the track.”

Tabitha Worsley, who won Aintree’s prestigious Foxhunters’ Chase earlier this month on Top Wood, is booked to ride Barrafohona in the restricted race – the horse is trained at Upper Sapey, by Worsley’s mother, Georgina Howells – but more likely winners include the James Ridley-trained Chase Me, plus French Piece. He is ridden by top Welsh rider Byron Moorcroft, a master of riding from the front.

The £1,000 Mixed Open race over three and a half miles has attracted a strong entry – last year’s winner, Garde Ville, will be hard to beat, but Britain’s champion trainer, Philip Rowley, and his jockey, Alex Edwards, could run a key rival in Knight Bachelor, who won at Brampton Bryan.

Knightwick Races takes place just off the A44 between Worcester and Bromyard (post code WR6 5PH). Bring the family, have a flutter on the horses and enjoy a host of other attractions and trade stands. Adults pay £12.50, children under 16 (and dogs on leads) are admitted free.

The Clifton on Teme Hunt is grateful to landowners John and Sue Walker for giving permission to stage Knightwick Races