SHERGAR was arguably the most valuable and famous racehorse in the world. The champion racehorse won the 1981 Derby by a record of 10 lengths. But his disappearance remains a mystery. What happened to Shergar? Shergar was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1978. After Shergar won the 202nd Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby in 1981, the five-year-old Irish-bred retired. He became a breeding stallion in Ireland with an impressive fertility rate, and still attracted crowds. But the horse was kidnapped by an armed gang in 1983. Shergar was valued at £10million when he disappeared. Some believe the IRA snatched the horse, as they were looking for new sources of funding around the same time.When was he kidnapped? Shergar was kidnapped from the Ballymany Stud on February 9 1983. At least six thugs arrived at the stud farm at around 8.30pm and held Jim Fitzgerald, head groom, at gunpoint. They forced him to release the horse, before they also took him away with them. But four hours later, he was … [Read more...] about What happened to Shergar, when was he kidnapped and where is the Ballymany Stud?
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A horse riding lesson or experience can be a wonderful gift for a loved one. But they also offer a unique way of exploring the beautiful Surrey Hills and getting out in the fresh air. Whether a horse trek is on your bucket list or you are an experienced rider looking for a new adventure, we've found some top places for horse riding on your doorstep. Equestrian centres offer lessons for both adults and children, plus private and group treks, so your day out can be tailored to suit your needs. Read More Luxurious ways to treat yourself in Surrey 1. Slades Farm, Bramley A range of experiences are available including sunrise, sunset, full-day and half-day treks. Riders will be taken off the beaten track and go through forests, rolling hills and across large green fields. To book online visit sladesfarm.co.uk or call 01483 208693. Address: Thorncombe Street, GU5 0LT. 2. Wildwoods Riding Centre, Tadworth The centre has a wide range of activities going on throughout the year … [Read more...] about This is where you can go horse riding in Surrey
Frankie Dettori was flying not retiring on Derby day as Wilamina (7-2 joint favourite) grabbed victory in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom. The 47-year-old Italian was at his best again at Epsom when partnering the Martyn Meade-trained mare to a three-quarter-length success in the Group Three one-mile event. Rumours had been circulating that Dettori was set to call it a day after riding the Dermot Weld-trained Hazapour in the Investec Derby. But the multiple Classic-winning rider laughed off the rumours after victory in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. He said: "I'm not retiring. There is a rumour going around saying that I'm going to retire after the Derby. "I'm definitely not retiring and you definitely have another five years of putting up with me." Meade's filly had been a well-beaten second to the now-retired Wuheida last time out. Wilamina landed the victory by three-quarters-of-a-length from Richard Hannon's Anna Nerium (4-1), with the other 7-2 joint favourite Shenanigans a … [Read more...] about Frankie Dettori flying on Wilamina not retiring at Epsom
The celebrities came out in force today to put a flutter on the Epsom races in Surrey. Epsom Downs Racecourse and there were a host of other reality TV personalities also eager to place a bet for the historic 4.30pm race. Millie Mackintosh, 28, and Hugo Taylor 32, - from Made In Chelsea, and wearing matching blue suits on the day - spent time posing for the cameras, as did Chris Hughes, 25, from reality dating show, Love Island. Chris is currently training to be a jockey and said: "I've always wanted to be a jockey so visiting Epsom is going to give me a taste of what it will be like when I make my debut. I've had some serious sessions on this challenging journey and it's been tough – but I can't wait to get on the track at York," where he will compete next month. Ex-Saturdays singer, Frankie Bridge, 29, was along for the fun, and Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, 43, looked pretty in a floral dress and red hat. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to the … [Read more...] about It was race day at Epsom and all the celebrities turned up to watch
As a racecourse, Doncaster has had its nose put out of joint more often than it might care for in recent years. Traditionally, the Town Moor track has opened the Flat season via its Lincoln Handicap meeting, and also closed the campaign, via its November Handicap meeting.But the kudos of both events has been compromised by the decisions, albeit understandable ones, to delay the start of the Flat jockeys’ championship until the Guineas meeting at Newmarket in May and to create a grand, new finale to the season, Champions’ Day at Ascot. What’s more, the prestige of Donny’s main event of the year, the St Leger Festival has also been affected by clashes with Irish racing’s new Champions Weekend.However, anyone who is led to believe the south Yorkshire course is losing its influence had better think again. Because its two big Group One contests, the St Leger and the Racing Post Trophy, are standing tall as arguably the two most important races of last … [Read more...] about DERBY PREVIEW: can Roaring Lion tame the hot favourite at Epsom?