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Lester Piggott among those celebrating life of legendary Newmarket work-watcher

Jean Bucknell : a much loved figure in Newmarket
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Lester Piggott was among a big turnout at a service to celebrate the life of gallops stalwart Jean Bucknell at St Mary’s Church in Newmarket on Friday.

Nearly 400 mourners were present to give the work-watcher a good sendoff, with others in attendance including Jeremy Noseda, Ed Dunlop and Teddy Grimthorpe. 

Thady Gosden represented his father John, while Arthur Boyd-Rochford represented Sir Michael Stoute.

Bucknell’s partner Dave Goodwin delivered a moving address during a service conducted by Simon Bailey, the racing chaplain.

Bucknell, who pioneered tours around Newmarket Heath In the 1990s, died on April 9 aged 81. Donations can be made to Racing Welfare

Fahey opening doors

Peter Fahey, best known for his handling of exciting bumper filly Gypsy Island and ten-time winner Peregrine Run, will open the gates to his Monasterevin-based stables on Saturday.

Anyone interested in attending the open morning, which runs from 10.30am until 12.30pm, is asked to RSVP at or text 08768 30881. First-time visitors to the stable can type the coordinates W34 DE78 into Google Maps.

Fahey, who landed a Grade 3 chase at Cork over Easter weekend with Timeforwest, said: “We’re really looking forward to the morning and the more people who come the better – everyone is welcome.”

Newcastle steps in for Ayr

Two extra fixtures at Newcastle will take place on April 29 and 30 to replace the lost cards that were due to take place at Ayr on those dates, the BHA said on Wednesday.

The fixtures were offered to racecourses, with priority being given to northern tracks. Newcastle was the only northern course to submit an application.

The fixture on April 29 will be an afternoon card featuring seven races, while the meeting on April 30 will be an evening card, also featuring seven races. 

Entries for both fixtures will close on Thursday at noon.  

We?re really looking forward to the morning and the more people the better ? everyone is welcome
E.W. Terms