Known and respected for a long and dominant career, Nashwan was an American-British thoroughbred horse and sire. Having won two of its first starts by the age of 2, Nashwan soon became one of the most dominant horses of its generation. It won the likes of the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Sadly, the horse lost its retirement race at the Prix Niel, retiring to become a successful sire of winners.
Known for its well-built form and its chestnut color, Nashwan was well-loved from its earliest days as a racehorse. It was trained by Major Dick Hern and also ridden around by Willie Carson for every race that it took part in. Apparently, the name of the horse was chosen because it’s supposed to be the Arabic word for joy.
Over its career, Nashwan made just short of £800,000 – not bad for a little over 7 races!
It ended its career with a Timeform rating of 135, which showcases just how impressive this horse was across what was a short and ultimately hugely successful career path. Indeed, it was rated as the third best British-trained horse at the age of three in the late 1980s. from there, it went on to become one of the most respected and beloved horses of its generation.
After its career was over, it became a breeding stallion at the Shadwell Stud. It was part of the likes of Swain – dual winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes – as well as Bago, who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Sadly, Nashwan died on July 19th, 2002, after minor leg injury complications became problematic and the horse was unable to recover, leaving behind a legacy worth remembering.
Wolverhampton racecourse is a horse racing track located in Wolverhampton, England. The racecourse is owned and operated by the Arena Leisure Plc., and hosts flat races. It is left-handed, measuring up to about 1,609 meters in circumference. It is seated on a 22 acre piece of land in the Dunstallpark, 15 miles from Birmingham. The course has a total of 1,500 free car parking spaces, thus making it convenient for racegoers to use their own cars. Wolverhampton was Britain’s first floodlit racecourse. It is among the busiest racecourses, staging a total of 80 fixtures each year.
Racing at Wolverhampton dates back to 1825, and its first venue was at West Park. In 1878, the venue was sold off to the Corporation, and it acquired a new land at Dunstall Park, its current venue. Racing at the new venue first took place on the 13th of August, 1888. In 1993, the racecourse made great improvements to its facilities. Floodlights were installed, and an all-weather track created alongside the turf track. A new grandstand was also built, increasing the racecourse’s carrying capacity. In 2004, a single polytrack was built to replace the turf track and the all-weather track. The hotel and conference facilities were also renovated.
The most notable race held at Wolverhampton is the Lady Wulfruna Stakes. The race first took place in 2002, and is meant for horses aged four years and above. It covers a total distance of 1,441 meters, and is scheduled for every March. It was named after Wulfruna, who is the granddaughter of King Ethelred 1. This year, Wolverhampton has a huge list of meetings lined up in their calendar. On the 18th of May the venue will host the Anthony Joshua Black Panther Ball. Anthony Joshua will be visiting the racecourse for the first time, giving the racegoers a chance to interact with him and know him better.
Towcester racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Watling Street, Towcester. Being opened in 1928, it is among the youngest racecourses in England. It is owned and operated by the Towcester Racecourse Company Ltd. Over the winter, the racecourse stages a series of National Hunt races. Unlike other racecourses, it offers free admission to its races, apart from two special races. Its races are of a good quality. The tracks are of great difficulty, putting the stamina of racehorses into test. It has two main hospitality facilities, the Empress Stand and Grace Stand. Both of them offer rooms that can be used for functions with an amazing view of the racetracks. Private balconies are also available, from where people can view the races peacefully.
The first race meeting in Towcester racecourse took place in 1928. Lord Hesketh was the director of the racecourse, and even donated his land in Easton Neston estate, where the first grandstand was built. In 2002, the Towcester racecourse company introduced the free admissions policy in order to make the public more interested in horse racing. This scheme worked very well, and within no time, Towcester had become one of the most preferred horse racing venues in the county. It was until the year 2006 when Towcester re-introduced admission fees only for the Easter Sunday Meetings and Boxing Day. Lord Hesketh decided to sell off the racecourse in 2008. Jockey Tom McCoy received his 4000th victory at the racecourse in 2013, making it more famous. In 2014, a new racetrack was built in the racecourse.
Towcester is planning for the Greyhound Derby which will be scheduled of the 1st of July. It is going to be a major event in its calendar besides the Eater Sunday Meeting day and Boxing Day. It is also set to host a number of race meetings this year. Besides being a horse racing venue, the racecourse is also a venue for weddings, conferences and