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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Wonder Woman teaches Batchelor and The Pwoducer a thing or two

Brightening your day with turf tales from beyond the tracks

Lilly Aspell with Marc Goldstein (aka The Pwoducer) and Mattie Batchelor (right)
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Lilly Aspell, niece of dual Grand National winner Leighton, may have already made her debut on the silver screen, but hit even greater heights yesterday when starring alongside Mattie Batchelor and The Pwoducer in one the duo’s Facebook films.

Aspell, who plays a young Diana Prince in the recently released Wonder Woman, is also a keen showjumper. She teamed up with Mattie Batchelor and Marc Goldstein (aka The Pwoducer) at the Devils Horsemen’s stables in Buckinghamshire to share a few tips on auditioning for roles.

Goldstein, sporting a fetching Wonder Woman outfit, was given a lesson in stunt riding by Aspell, 9, on board Sultan – a film star himself having played the role of Joey in War Horse. Aspell showed off her stunt riding skills from the back of her own pony Turbo.

“It was wonderful to meet Wonder Woman – but a bruising experience,” says Goldstein. “Lilly took me through my paces and I soon found that the skills needed to land a superhero role were exceptionally challenging. Amazingly, I took only one

Aspell, who spent four months filming in Italy and two months in the studio, (politely) added: “It was my dream to be in a Wocket Woy movie.”

Charity team switches four legs for two wheels

An intrepid team of British Racing School cyclists completed their mammoth journey from Musselburgh to Newmarket yesterday, raising thousands of pounds for the Rory MacDonald Memorial Fund along the way.

From left to right: April Bowles, Henry Hunter, Richard Perham, David Yates of the Daily Mirror, Grant Harris and Duncan Gregory

Totalling 480 miles, the trip was intially set to take in seven racecourses – Musselburgh, Kelso, Hexham, Redcar, Beverley, Market Rasen and Fakenham. However, BRS chief executive Grant Harris says: “We couldn’t resist adding in a quick visit to Sedgefield as we were passing on the way to Redcar. We had tremendous support from the courses, raising over £2,000 at Kelso, Redcar and Beverley.”

The team has so far raised almost £24,000 of their £50,000 target. To donate to the fund, named in memory of former CEO Rory MacDonald and which supports training at the school, click here.

York honours local legend Cathy Paver

York is to rename one of its biggest races in memory of inspirational business founder Cathy Paver.

The Catherine Kinloch Paver Memorial Macmillan Charity Stakes is the richest handicap in Europe for three-year-olds and forms part of the charity’s major raceday, held June 17.

Paver founder the York-based Pavers, now a successful global footwear retailer. She died from cancer earlier this year.

Beth Morgan-Henderson, head of brand and marketing at Pavers and a friend of Cathy’s, said: “Cathy loved racing and owned racehorses. This is a very appropriate way of remembering her and honouring her legacy in her home city.

Hutchinson wins top award

Helen Hutchinson, Jockey Club Catering general manager at Newmarket racecourse, has been awarded a prestigious Acorn Award by The Caterer, which highlights the most promising 30 under 30 in the hospitality industry.

Hutchinson, who joined the company in 2010, oversees a team of 20 colleagues and up to 1,000 staff on event days.

“It’s an honour to join the prestigious alumni of winners,” she says. “There are so many exciting things happening at Jockey Club Catering and I can’t wait to build on our success.”

News Flash

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