L’Escargot  Introduction

 

Many horses enter the racing sphere, win a few trophies, and vanish into relative obscurity. Like many sports, horseracing will see stars shine for a brief period of time before they leave the sport for various reasons. L’Escargot was one of the horses in this manner, having gone through a six-year spell winning five major trophies. Noted for being the horse that stopped the unstoppable movement of the world-class Red Rum at the Grand National in 1975, L’Escargot is remembered more for stopping history being made than the successes it had itself!

 

Career Summary

 

Running in four Grand Nationals, from 72-75, it eventually was the winner as it lifted the 1975 edition – the famous year where it stopped Red Rum on its path to dominance. Under the guidance of the likes of Tommy Carberry and Dan Moore, it managed to stun Red Rum with a 15-lengths victory, ensuring that it became one of the most controversial yet celebrated wins on the circuit.

 

With Cheltenham Gold Cup wins in 1970 and 1971, too, this was a horse that managed a fleeting but majorly successful period of time on the race course, before fading away to relatively obscurity.

 

Today, the horse can be found as part of the brilliant National Museum of Racing in the United States. It’s also listed as a Hall of Fame inductee, when it was voted as the American Champion Steeplechase Horse of the Year in 1969.

 

These impressive stats and feats across a 53 race career showcases that, despite being most remembered for its 1975 successes, that there is more to L’Escargot than meets the eye.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Wins – Meadow Brook Steeplechase (1969), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1970, 1971), Grand National (1975).

 

Associations – Raymond Guest, Dan Moore, Tommy Carberry.

 

Sam Twiston-Davies

Introduction

 

Noting on the official Twiston-Davies – a common name in racing fans lexicon – website that he has ‘been riding really sine I could stand’ it’s no surprise that Sam Twiston-Davies is growing up to be one of the most respected young jockeys on the circuit. With aristocratic blood in him from the success of his father, Nigel, Sam is a chip off the old block!

 

A rider for the fun of it as well as to avoid having to a get a ‘real job’ by his own admission, Twiston-Davies has been riding from a young age. Like many sports stars, he realizes that this allows him to live a life that few could dream of, while doing something that he truly loves.

 

Career Summary

 

With a budding career in the sport that awaits, Twiston-Davies started to see major success when he made his Grand National debut in 2010. He rode Hello Bud on the 10th April, creating what was the very beginnings of a truly exemplary and memorable career path for both. His first major win came at Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, when he rode Baby Ru to success at the Cheltenham Festival.

 

It’s not just who he is related to that sets Sam Twiston-Davies apart from the rest: it’s that desire to win and to always success regardless of the depth or the scale of the challenge that awaits. At 21, he was already the top jockey for Paul Nicholls, replacing Daryl Jacob. Over time, we’re going to see the emergence of one of the true stars of the next generation.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – (very hard to research this guy – the information is so vague, not sure what would be considered ‘major’ for him, sorry!)

 

Associations – Twiston-Davies family, Paul Nicholls.

 

Sceptre  Introduction

 

Noting on the official Twiston-Davies – a common name in racing fans lexicon – website that he has ‘been riding really sine I could stand’ it’s no surprise that Sam Twiston-Davies is growing up to be one of the most respected young jockeys on the circuit. With aristocratic blood in him from the success of his father, Nigel, Sam is a chip off the old block!

 

A rider for the fun of it as well as to avoid having to a get a ‘real job’ by his own admission, Twiston-Davies has been riding from a young age. Like many sports stars, he realizes that this allows him to live a life that few could dream of, while doing something that he truly loves.

 

Career Summary

 

With a budding career in the sport that awaits, Twiston-Davies started to see major success when he made his Grand National debut in 2010. He rode Hello Bud on the 10th April, creating what was the very beginnings of a truly exemplary and memorable career path for both. His first major win came at Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, when he rode Baby Ru to success at the Cheltenham Festival.

 

It’s not just who he is related to that sets Sam Twiston-Davies apart from the rest: it’s that desire to win and to always success regardless of the depth or the scale of the challenge that awaits. At 21, he was already the top jockey for Paul Nicholls, replacing Daryl Jacob. Over time, we’re going to see the emergence of one of the true stars of the next generation.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – (very hard to research this guy – the information is so vague, not sure what would be considered ‘major’ for him, sorry!)

 

Associations – Twiston-Davies family, Paul Nicholls.

 

Ascot Racecourse  The racecourse was established by the Queen in 1711 because she realised that there was potential at Ascot for a racecourse. At the time, she was riding near Windsor and stumbled upon the area of open heath and felt that it looked like a place from which horses could gallop at full stretch. The big day then came on Saturday 11th of August that same year and the unveiling was open to any horse, gelding or mare that was above 6 years old and a 12 stone (76kg) weight was required of each horse to carry. The race came to be famously known as “Her Majesty’s Plate” and was worth 100 Guineas at thi first event, where 7 horses competed.

 

It became a certified racecourse when the first building was permanently erected in 1794. It would hold a capacity of 1,650 and was used for 50 years. In 1813, Parliament passed an act that declared it a public racecourse, which ultimately secured its future. In 1913, an act was passed in which established the Ascot Authority that has been
managing the racecourse till now.

 

Ascot Racecourse is located in Ascot Berkshire SL5 7JX, England. The racecourse sits on 179 acres of parkland and is next to Windsor Great Park in a very beautiful wooded countryside. It has 300 meeting rooms , with each going for 250 pounds. It has large dining venues and event spaces that can hold a maximum of 6000 people. The surrounding area has facilities that have a historical feeling to them and can host parties that can accommodate up to 1000 people.

 

The racecourse has some notable races that take place yearly. The most famous is the Royal Ascot and is attended by the royal family. It runs for 4 days. There is also the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which has a prize of 1,000,000 pounds.

 

In 2011, while celebrating its Tercentenary, Ascot held the QIPCO British Champions Day. It was also at the epicentre for the celebrations marking the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee.

 

In 2012, the world top 4 horses on official ratings ran at Ascot.