May 282010
 

newbury race courseNewbury Racecourse is close to the town of Newbury, Bershire, southwest England. It has courses for Flat and Jump races .  It hosts one of the Britains 31 Group One thoroughbred Flat races known as the Lockinge Stakes which is run over one mile at Newbury every May. The most famous race at Newbury is the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup which was first run on 26 November 1960 and is the highlight of the Hennessey Winter Festival.

Newbury Racecourse has just over one hundred years of horse racing history. Lester Piggott has strong associations with Newbury and rode his first winner here in 1949 as a 13 year old boy.  He also rode his last ever winner at Newbury on Bin Ajwaad for trainer Ben Hanbury in the Avebury Stakes in 1994 and Lester had his final ride at Newbury aboard Royal Hill for trainer Lord Huntingdon. 

The Winter Festival is Newbury’s biggest racing event of the year and has established itself as one of the highlights of the racing calendar and is a fantastic social event too.

The Winter Festival takes over 3 days on the last Thursday – Saturday in November.

Thurday feature race is the GPG Novices’ Chase (registered as the Worcester).

Friday is Gentleman’s Day with a prize for the Best Dressed Gentleman and a Celebrity Chef appearance in the Hennessy Restaurant. The feature race is the Grade 2 Berkshire Novices’ Chase over 2 1/2 miles.

Saturday is the highlight of the three day festival with the Hennessy Gold Cup race. This is a grade 3 National hunt race over 3 miles and 2½ furlongs. There are 21 fences in the race. The race first took place in 1957 at Cheltenham and was won by Mandarin. The horses owner was  Peggy Hennessy, a member of the family which founded the race’s sponsoring company, Hennessy Cognac. The Cup was moved to its present host Newbury in 1960, and it was won by Mandarin for a second time in 1961. Its association with Hennessy has continued throughout its history, and this now represents Britain’s longest commercial sponsorship of a horse race. 

Newbury offer many hospitality packages for corporate events and individuals. Visit http://www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk or call: +00 44 1635 40015 for more information

Newbury Racecourse is close to the town of Newbury, Bershire, southwest England. It has courses for Flat and Jump races .  It hosts one of the Britains 31 Group One thoroughbred Flat races known as the Lockinge Stakes which is run over one mile at Newbury every May. The most famous race at Newbury is the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup which was first run on 26 November 1960 and is the highlight of the Hennessey Winter Festival.

Newbury Racecourse has just over one hundred years of horse racing history. Lester Piggott has strong associations with Newbury and rode his first winner here in 1949 as a 13 year old boy.  He also rode his last ever winner at Newbury on Bin Ajwaad for trainer Ben Hanbury in the Avebury Stakes in 1994 and Lester had his final ride at Newbury aboard Royal Hill for trainer Lord Huntingdon. 

The Winter Festival is Newbury’s biggest racing event of the year and has established itself as one of the highlights of the racing calendar and is a fantastic social event too.

The Winter Festival takes over 3 days on the last Thursday – Saturday in November.

Thurday feature race is the GPG Novices’ Chase (registered as the Worcester).

Friday is Gentleman’s Day with a prize for the Best Dressed Gentleman and a Celebrity Chef appearance in the Hennessy Restaurant. The feature race is the Grade 2 Berkshire Novices’ Chase over 2 1/2 miles.

Saturday is the highlight of the three day festival with the Hennessy Gold Cup race. This is a grade 3 National hunt race over 3 miles and 2½ furlongs. There are 21 fences in the race. The race first took place in 1957 at Cheltenham and was won by Mandarin. The horses owner was  Peggy Hennessy, a member of the family which founded the race’s sponsoring company, Hennessy Cognac. The Cup was moved to its present host Newbury in 1960, and it was won by Mandarin for a second time in 1961. Its association with Hennessy has continued throughout its history, and this now represents Britain’s longest commercial sponsorship of a horse race. 

Newbury offer many hospitality packages for corporate events and individuals. Visit http://www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk or call: +00 44 1635 40015 for more information

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Longines Swiss Watches

In 1832, Auguste Agassiz entered the world of watchmaking by establishing a partnership with a watchmaking comptoir (the Swiss name for a watch production workshop and dealership) in Saint-Imier. Shortly thereafter, he took control of the enterprise and renamed it “Agassiz & compagnie”. The watchmaking company uses movements with cylinder escapements in its pocket watches [READ MORE…]

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