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HISTORIC NEWMARKET TOWN PLATE RETURNS TO NEWMARKET RACECOURSES

 

A field of 12 runners, partnered by jockeys of varying age and experience, will contest the historic event, which will take place following the completion at 5.05pm of a seven-race card of regular races and before music act ‘Massaoke’ bring the curtain down on racing at the July Course for another year by performing ‘The Greatest Show’, a selection of the greatest singalong tunes in history.

The Newmarket Town Plate has been run at Newmarket’s Round Course since 1666. The race was instigated by King Charles II, who also won the first running and stated that it should be run ‘forever’.

Sponsored by Newmarket-based businesses Golding and Powters, the historic contest is run over a stamina-sapping three-and-three-quarter mile course, much of which is only used for this single race each year but ending on the same home straight as all races at the July Course.

Once one of the most prestigious races in the land, the Town Plate is now a pinnacle of glorious historical eccentricity, competed for by true amateurs and boasting a jockeys’ prize of a Perpetual Challenge Plate; a photo frame; a voucher from the Newmarket High Street clothes shop Golding; and a box of Powters Celebrated Newmarket Sausages.

town plate results 2019

 

1. NOTWHATIAM Maurice McCarthy
2. DOVIL’S DATE Tim Vaughan
3. LITTLE WINDMILL Patrick Chesters
4.BALLYRATH Colin Moore
5. ROMANN ANGEL Gemma Mathers
6. ARCTIC BOY Stephen Turner
7. STAR OF NAMIBIA Mick Mullineaux
8. STRIPE OF HONOUR Jon Day
9. STURMWIND Marika Hutton

 

Also ran;
No 12 PU
No 8 UR

TOWN PLATE ENTRIES 2019

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Maurice McCarthy

Occupation: Director

Horse: NOTWHATIAM

Owner: Sureness Ltd

Trainer: Dan Skelton

 

A regular on the charity and novelty race scene, Maurice is competing in his second Newmarket Town Plate and 44th such contest overall. Those who are able to cast their minds back to last year's race should remember that contribution to that renewal. As the field made its way into the home straight, Maurice found himself some 30 lengths clear before ultimately fading on the run to the line. He is excited to be back for another shot at the race this year and hopes that experience of the unique course will leave him better placed to pace the contest this time. It looks like he has the horse to do it, having sourced Notwhatiam from the yard of top jumps handler Dan Skelton.

 

 

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STEPHEN TURNER

Occupation: Company Director

Horse: ARTIC BOY 

Owner: Stephen Turner

Trainer: Caroline Bailey

 

Stephen Turner is no stranger to equine competition and enjoyed considerable success in the show jumping sphere, having competed at national level in the 1980s. Since then, he has participated in a range of horse sports and is putting his faith in Arctic Boy, trained by Caroline Bailey, as he bids for Newmarket Town Plate glory.

 

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PHIL LUTMAN - NON-RUNNER

Occupation: Retired

Horse: REALLY UNIQUE 

Owner: Phil Lutman

 

Another who competed in last year's Newmarket Town Plate, Phil Lutman and his charge, Really Unique are back for another shot at the prize and seeking to raise much needed funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. A retired driving  instructor and now working house husband and groom, Phil sourced the inexpensive Really Unique only six weeks prioir to last year's renewal and is hopeful the pair's experience on that occasion will help this time around.

 

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tim vaughan

Occupation: Trainer

Horse: DOVILS DATE

Owner: itsfuninnit

Trainer: Tim Vaughan

 

Tim Vaughan's is not a name one might ordinarily expect to see on a Newmarket card. A former champion point-to-point rider in Wales, Tim is now a successful National Hunt trainer and has sent out more than 750 winners from his base in south Wales. He has elected to put his hopes in Dovils Date, whom he trains, as he seeks not only to land a blow for the jumps fraternity at the home of Flat racing but to kick off his birthday celebrations in style. Tim will turn 40 on Sunday.

 

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PATRICK CHESTERS

Occupation: Bookmaker

Horse: LITTLE WINDMILL 

Owner: The Ridgeway Racing For Fun Partnership

Trainer: Neil King

 

Patrick Chesters will be familiar to Newmarket Town Plate devotees, having competed in the last three renewals. A bookmaker by trade, his best finish came when third in 2016 and he will partner Little Windmill, trained by Neil King, in his bid to land the odds and add his name to the roll of honour.

 

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JOHN DAY

Occupation: Farrier

Horse: STRIPE OF HONOUR 

Owner: Mrs Kathy Day

Trainer: Anthony Day

 

Being a farrier, Jon Day knows his way around a horse and has demonstrated his aptitude when it comes to racing them, having partnered the family's point-to-point runners for a number of years and ridden a total of nine winners. Victory would be a special one for the Day family, as the horse, Stripe of Honour, is owned by Jon's mother Kathy and trained by his father Anthony.

 

 

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STEVE HILLYER

Occupation: Haulier

Horse: WHATSUPJACK 

Owner: Steve Hillyer

Trainer: Peter Winks

 

Steve Hillyer may be a relatively recent convert to riding but has built up plenty of experience since first throwing his leg over a horse in 2014. A haulier by trade, Hillyer recently established a horse transportation business and will be raising money this year for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. He will ride Whatsupjack on what is his second attempt in the Newmarket Town Plate, having competed in 2016.

 

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MICHAEL Mullineaux

Occupation: Trainer

Horse: STAR OF NAMIBIA

Owner: Keith Jones

Trainer: Michael Mullineaux

 

Dual-purpose trainer Michael Mullineaux is hungry. He is hungry to defend his Newmarket Town Plate crown, having won last year aboard Vent De Force, and he is hungry for more Powter's sausages. His hopes of taking home the winner's prize this year rest with Star Of Namibia and given his obviously affinity with the unique test this race presents, Mullineaux looks likely to be tough to beat once again.

 

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GEMMA MATHERS

Occupation: Programme Manager

Horse: ROMANN ANGEL 

Owner: Mrs Gemma Mathers 

Trainer: Michael Mullineaux

 

Also chasing the sausages is Gemma Mathers, for whom this is a third attempt in the Newmarket Town Plate. A programme manager from Cheshire, Mathers is teaming up with Michael Mullineaux and will ride Romann Angel, whom he trains, as she continues her love affair with the sport and this celebrated and historic race.

 

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MARIKA HUTTON

Occupation: Farmer

Horse: STURMWIND 

Owner: Marika Hutton

Trainer: Marika Hutton

 

Farmer Marika Hutton grew up dreaming of riding in the Grand National at Aintree and while that goal may have eluded her, she could yet win a race as unique, quirky and steeped in history in the Newmarket Town Plate. She owns and trains the German-bred Sturmwind and, with no Becher's Brooks, Chairs or Canal Turns to navigate, the pair will be hoping to blow their rivals away on the July Course.

 

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BELINDA ROSE

Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon

Horse: KEEM BAY

Owner: Mrs Gemma Mathers

Trainer: Mick Mullineaux

 

Belinda Rose has loved horseracing since childhood and, having competed in her first charity race earlier this year, is excited to be able to line up in the historic Newmarket Town Plate. While her race-riding experience may be limited, Belinda is no stranger to horses, being as she is an equine veterinary surgeon. Based in Newmarket, she has previously worked in racing in South Africa, Dubai and the United States of America. She will partner Keem Bay, who is owned by fellow contender Gemma Mathers and trained by Michael Mullineaux.

 

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COLIN MOORE

Occupation: Director

Horse: BALLYRATH

Owner: Teresa & Colin Moore

Trainer: Heidi Brookshaw

 

Colin Moore is the director of a steel firm and is hoping Ballyrath, trained by Heidi Brookshaw, can forge his way to the front in a race his rider was eager to compete in. A regular work rider, Colin believes he is up to the task and is keen to prove his credentials in the inimitable Newmarket Town Plate.

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PAST TOWN PLATE WINNERS

Year

Owner

Horse

Rider

1980

Yvette Perrin

Pea Pack

Yvette Perrin

1981

Miss Caldecot

Kinba

Miss Caldecot

1982

Miss S J Harris

Viewed Away

Miss S J Harris

1983

Mrs J A De Rothschild

Jam

Miss Z Pratt

1984

Miss N Embiricos

Summons

Miss A Embiricos

1985

Sheik Mohammed

Velvet Touch

Miss A Harwood

1986

Kabdullah

Bushido

Miss G Harwood

1987

Mrs C Williams

Cubic Zirconia

Mrs C Williams

1988

Mrs E Enright

Tara’s Chieftan

Mrs E Enright

1989

Miss P Choppen

Newsell’s Park

Miss P Choppen

1990

Mrs H E Haynes

Peche D’Or

Miss F A Haynes

1991

Mr F Ivory

Metal Oiseau

Mr D Marshall

1992

L Parr

Jimstro

Mr G Pewter

1993

N Duke

Athassel Abbey

Mr N Duke

1994

Mrs C Poland

Sea Buck

Mrs C Poland

1995

Mr H Candy

Sea Buck

Miss S Candy

1996

Mr H Candy

Sea Buck

Miss S Candy

1997

Mr H Candy

Sea Buck

Miss E Candy

1998

Mr H Candy

Sea Buck

Miss E Candy

1999

Mr R Stonge

Glorious Encounter

Mr M Stronge

2000

Mr D Marshall

Gale Force

Mr D Marshall

2001

Mr C J Hays

Fandango De Chassy (FR)

Miss Anne Marie Hays

2002

Mrs D Caine

Wynchor King (IRE)

Mrs Diane Caine

2003

Mr T J Wells

Pinchincha (FR)

Mr T Wells

2004

Miss S West

It’s Wallace

Miss Sheena West

2005

Mr P Kirkpatrick

Domenico (IRE)

Mr Peter Kirkpatrick

2006

Mr N Quesnel

Papua

Mr Charlie Duckworth

2007

Conroy Syndicate

Lease

Mr Derek Jackson

2008

Roy Street

Bulberry Hill

Mr Craig Walker

2009

Mrs M Stone                              

Artist’s Return (IRE)           

Miss Caroline Scott

2010

Annie Bowles          

Cape Secret

Mr Derek Jackson

2011

Mr John Berry

Kadouchski (FR)

John Berry

2012

The Across The Pond Part                      

Raifteiri (IRE)

Clare Twemlow 

2013

Jason Carver

Start Me Up (IRE)

Jason Carver

2014

Michael Gates

Handsome Buddy (IRE)

Michael Gates

2015

Jason Carver

Start Me Up (IRE)

Jason Carver

2016

Castle Farm Racing

Almagest

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani

2017

Tim Gredley Investments Ltd.

Bivouac (FR)

Tim Gredley

2018

We Enjoy Racing Club

Vent De Force

Michael Mullineaux

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