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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Chelmsford to host additional AW meeting in light of forecast cold snap

Chelmsford: will host an additional fixture on Wednesday
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Chelmsford will stage an additional afternoon fixture on Wednesday due to the cold weather forecast over the coming days.

Entries will close at noon on Monday, with declarations at the 24-hour stage on Tuesday.

The funeral of trainer Roger Curtis, who died last month, will be at 1.30pm this Monday at St Michael's & All Angels' Church, Parsonage Lane, Lambourn RG17 8XX.

It will be followed by a wake at the Royal British Legion. The dress code is no black.

Richard Woollacott funeral

The funeral of trainer Richard Woollacott, who died last month, will be held on Sunday week at 2pm at St Mary's church, Bishop's Nympton, Devon.

His family have voiced their appreciation of the £5,200 raised for charity in his memory at Cheltenham last weekend, and the "continued support of everyone within the industry". 

New venue for racing quiz

The Moorcroft Masterminds Quiz will be held at The Montcalm hotel at Marble Arch in London on Wednesday, April 11.

The black-tie event, to be hosted by Nick Luck and Gina Harding, features a champagne reception and three-course dinner before teams from across the racing industry are quizzed on topics including music and art, TV and films, sport, politics and current affairs.

The evening is backed by Arena Racing Company and has raised more than £200,000 for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre since 2011.

Tables for ten cost £2,000 and can be booked through Tessa Champion at or on 020 77362 494.

Goodwood House raid linked to series of robberies in south of England

A frightening raid on Goodwood House has been linked with a series of seven other robberies in the south of England, which could be the work of a 'highly professional soldier'.

The Earl and Countess of March lost more than £700,000 of family heirlooms after being attacked and tied up by a burglar at their Goodwood estate in 2016.

Police now believe the armed raid was the work of a 'well-spoken, intelligent thief' with a military background, because of the meticulous way he has carried out raids in Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire over a three-year period.

Inspector Dee Fielding from Surrey Police told The Argus: "He appears to have knowledge of who is home at the time of each attack, the location of safes and the layout of the home.

"This leads us to believe he has planned the attacks in advance with a great level of detail and prior knowledge."

Anyone with any information on the suspect should call 101 and ask for Surrey Police regarding Operation Prometheus or email

This leads us to believe he has planned the attacks in advance with a great level of detail and prior knowledge
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