BHA statement regarding abandonment of William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival

Following the abandonment of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival on 21-23 September 2017, the BHA requested a report from the racecourse executive at Ayr detailing the circumstances surrounding the abandonments.

Having reviewed the report and received feedback from the BHA’s course inspectorate, Brant Dunshea, Director of Integrity and Regulatory Operations, issued the following statement:

“There were a number of exceptional circumstances which led to the abandonment at Ayr, including rainfall which was substantially above historical averages for that time of year.

“This was coupled with an area of impervious indigenous clay based soil and clay subsoil underneath the affected patch of ground, which had limited existing drainage.
“The required remedial work on the affected area, which has been started proactively by Ayr, is already under way and will progress with the close co-operation and guidance of the BHA’s course inspectorate.
“Despite a combination of unusual circumstances leading to the abandonments, some issues were identified in relation to the timeliness of data and information being logged as events unfolded.
“The BHA has made a number of recommendations to improve communications going forward ensuring all those impacted by any future abandonments, or the potential for abandonments, are informed in a as timely a manner as possible.”

Hereford’s 14 November Fixture Transferred to Worcester

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that the fixture due to take place at Hereford on Tuesday 14 November has been transferred to Worcester.

This is due to the risk of ‘Hard’ going at Hereford, where the going is currently good to firm, firm in places. There is a dry weather forecast and limited capacity to water.

The card will reflect the races programmed for Hereford with race distances adjusted to Worcester’s race starts and safety factors where necessary. 

Entries for the races at Worcester will re-open and close at noon on Saturday, 11 November and declare as normal at the 24-hour stage on Monday, 13 November.

Full details and race conditions can be found on the BHA Racing Admin site,

Emma Marley, the BHA’s Head of Raceday Operations, said: "Having walked the course this morning, our Inspectorate took a joint decision with Hereford to transfer Tuesday’s fixture to Worcester.

“We must always put the welfare of our participants, both equine and human, first and I am confident that Tuesday’s meeting at Worcester will be successful based on the fixture transfer between the two courses last month.”

Jon Pullin, Racing Director at Arena Racing Company, said: “Due to the unseasonably dry weather conditions and lack of recent rainfall at Hereford Racecourse the going is currently Good to Firm, Firm in places. 

“With little rain forecast in the coming days and no possibility of watering between now and racing, in consultation with the BHA Inspectorate and several trainers who had made entries, it has been agreed the fixture will move to Worcester Racecourse which can provide good jumping ground.  

As we have said before, we are in an advanced stage of commencing the construction of a reservoir to ensure full watering capabilities at Hereford from next spring. Customers with tickets or hospitality bookings for Hereford’s fixture on Tuesday can transfer them and either attend racing at Worcester on 14 November or to any remaining Hereford fixture this season.

For further information please contact the Hereford team on 01432 273 560.”


Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a 35-foot high Jaguar F-TYPE emblazoned with a bespoke poppy design to mark Remembrance Sunday in partnership with forces’ motorsport charity Mission Motorsport and the Royal British Legion.

The F-TYPE, clearly visible to motorists on the M6 motorway, fittingly faces the Sentinel sculpture which depicts the Spitfires Castle Bromwich was famous for building during World War Two between 1938 and 1945.
The tribute is the latest in a string of commitments from the company as it aims to become the automotive employer of choice for former armed services personnel.

Jaguar Land Rover has hired over 750 former servicemen and servicewomen since 2013 and is a Gold Award holder of the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme, a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the Armed Forces community.
It has welcomed a total of 29 ex-armed forces personnel on to its Wounded Injured Sick (WIS) programme since 2014, 18 of which have found employment with the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer whilst many others have secured roles within the wider supply base.

The business is also the headline partner of the annual Invictus Games, an international sporting event to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, servicewomen and veterans.

Mission Motorsport, the Ministry Of Defence’s charitable authority on motorsport for recovery, created a unique poppy-themed livery for the F-TYPE which sits affixed to the outer wall of Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site where the sports car is built.

The design, emblazoned with the words of John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields written in 1915 in the midst of World War One, was fitted in situ by the charity’s team of ex-servicemen who were discharged from active service with physical and mental injuries.

Ex-servicemen Lance Corporal Chris Read, Guardsman Chris Walker, Private Dan Elliot and Lance Corporal Francis Stokes, who all benefitted from the work of Mission Motorsport, spent more than three weeks designing the unique livery before fitting it directly to the wall-mounted F-TYPE.

A second F-TYPE SVR was adorned with the poppy design at Mission Motorsport’s workshop in Wantage, Oxfordshire. It will go on a ten-day UK tour in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, starting at the Royal British Legion’s Birmingham Poppy Day in Victoria Square on Wednesday 1 November.

From there it makes its way around Jaguar Land Rover sites and military landmarks such as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire before arriving in Anglesey to play the role of safety car for Mission Motorsport’s fourth annual 12-hour endurance event Race of Remembrance.


Crucifixion by Lorenzo Veneziano. Estimate: £400,000-600,000

A splendid newly discovered Crucifixion by Lorenzo Veneziano leads Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in London on Wednesday 6 December. It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

This colourful and ornate panel has been in the same family for a century during which time it was unseen by art historians and, until last month, had never been published. In an article dated October 2017, Professor Gaudenz Freuler of Zürich University, wrote, "Despite its tragic content and its high emotional temperature, the animated scene of the Crucifixion is rendered here with the utmost elegance and finesse amazingly producing an appearance of sophisticated grace and dignity."

Lorenzo Veneziano was the leading Venetian painter of the second half of the 14th century and played an influential role in moving Venetian art away from Byzantine models towards the Gothic style. While absorbing the influence of Paolo Veneziano (no relation) who had dominated art in Venice in the first half of the 14th century, Lorenzo reflected in his work the ideas and artistic innovations he had encountered on his extensive travels throughout northern Italy. 

Writing in Bonhams Magazine about what he calls ‘this stunning picture’, Bonhams Director of Old Master Paintings, Andrew Mckenzie said: “It is a very exciting addition to our knowledge of Venetian painting in the third quarter of the Trecento. Lorenzo Veneziano introduced a naturalism, a fluency of draughtsmanship and a vitality in his figure poses that had never before been seen in Venetian art.”
Sale: Old Master Paintings

Location: 101 New Bond Street, London

Date: Wednesday 6 December at 3.30. p.m.

Specialist: Andrew McKenzie, Director of Old Master Paintings


1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (€750,000-950,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (€750,000-950,000)
A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is the top lot at Bonhams inaugural Padua sale, taking place at Italy’s largest and most widely attended motoring show, Auto e Moto d’Epoca on 28 October. The motor car is expected to achieve between €750,000-950,000.
2017 marks 60 years since the creation of what has now become one of the world’s most celebrated motor cars. Created as a road-going version of Mercedes’ hugely successful W194 racing car, it remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever made. Losing the ‘gullwing’ doors allowed the roadster to develop in to an eminently driveable supercar, with improved handling, access and suspension.
In addition to the astonishing array of Italian classics heading to the auction, a fine selection of German automobiles will be joining the Mercedes-Benz. A 1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster (€420,000-500,000) benefitting from the purest Porsche aesthetics will be offered. In present ownership since 2011, the roadster was restored as recently as this year, and is eligible for the Mille Miglia, one of the world’s most prestigious historic motoring events.
Three further examples from the Stuttgart marque will be offered, including a 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S (€110,000-130,000), a 1970 Porsche 911 T Targa (€85,000-100,000) and a 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 30th Anniversary (€180,000-200,000). One of only 30 created, the model was created in celebration of 30 years of Porsche Italia, founded in Padua during the 1980s. It has had only one owner from new, and has covered a mere 2,500km. A truly exclusive, limited edition example of a highly-desirable modern 911.

Savour The Flavours Of The Caribbean At Barbados Food And Rum Festival 2017

British Chef Tom Aikens To Show Off His Culinary Skills At This Year’s Event

Barbados Food and Rum Festival, taking place from November 16th – 19th on the breathtaking island of Barbados. To celebrate its culinary heritage, Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens accompanied by several world-renowned chefs will host the Gourmet Safari Dinner Series, creating his very own mouth-watering Bajan inspired menu. In its 8th edition, this multi-faceted event, promises visitors an unforgettable celebration of gastronomic art and rum in all its glorious varieties. Expect four days of informative tastings, fun cocktail classes and tropical Bajan vibes on the sun soaked shores of Barbados.

This year’s festival features some of the world’s finest international chefs who will host the three-part Gourmet Safari Dinner Series spanning two nights, November 18th and 19th. The British born culinary genius, Tom Aikens, is best identified for his innovative elegance of home-cooked meals & best-selling books. Inspired by the local flavours of the island, Tom will curate a delectable menu featuring British classics with a Bajan twist, combining Barbados' local rum, home grown spices, fresh seafood, meat and locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Tom will close the Gourmet Safari Dinner Series hosting an opulent evening of fine dining at the infamous Tides restaurantonBarbados’ west coast on Sunday November 19th.

‘Tom’s food is honest and wholehearted, constructed from feelings of nostalgia, which resonate the comfort of his brassiere approach to cooking. We are excited to host him on the island and celebrate his aromatic repertoire of cuisine. To say he lays his heart and soul into his food is an understatement in itself.’ said Cheryl Carter Director of BTMI UK

The remarkable Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten from the U.S. will be cooking up a storm at the renowned Cliff Restaurant, meanwhile Canadian Chef Chris De La Rosa will be offering quintessential Caribbean culinary delights at The Crane resort on Saturday 18th November. In two evenings attributed to beautifully curated food and rum cocktail pairing, the Gourmet Safari is sure to guide the tastebuds through the diverse influences enraptured in Caribbean cooking.

Over the course of the festival visitors will be treated to a variety of activities including polo, a flotilla and beach party showcasing the flair and exuberance of the Barbados nation. Indulge in the culture of local and world-class talent experiencing a cookery styled mêlée by illustrious chefs at the ‘Chef Cook off’ by Oistins Bay Gardens.

Dedicated to celebrating Barbados as the birthplace of rum, the Concorde Experience splashes in the realms of spice and flavour, embodying the essence of the specially crafted spirit on November 17th. Mixologists will be on hand to create a mixture of hand-crafted cocktails blending sweet tropical notes with a smooth finish or dark, full-bodied and spiced. Complimented by delectable bites from local award-winning chefs, the rum extravaganza is a refreshing collaboration of bespoke blends, delicious food and flavoursome music.

Taste the spirits of polo on November 18th, where well-dressed cocktails inspired by the best in polo fashion will be enjoyed during an exciting game of polo at Holder’s Polo Club. This year’s festival will climax along the shoreline of the beautiful Needham’s Point beach at Hilton Barbados on November 19th. This exciting all-inclusive beach party will be pumping from start to finish with live performances, and a wide variety of food stalls to whet your appetite.

With mouth warming rum to personify any temperament and culinary experiences that carousal authentic flavours, Barbados Food and Rum festival offers an idyllic compilation of Caribbean festivities not to be missed.

Ticket prices from £37

Note: this price is subject to add-ons and inclusions.

For more information on the festival, please visit: 
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