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The Boys from Bangladesh: a Great Day out at the Point to Point

A group of friends from Newport/Bangladesh have a day out with us at the point to point. Older brother Sanu and Sammi have been before to Chepstow races and enjoy the day out; but this was the first time out...

 
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Interview with 'AP McCoy' :Talking Greyhound at the Point to Point

I meet retired Racing greyhound 'AP' or 'Tony' McCoy - named after the great man himself of course - and ask him how his day has been!AP is very talkative and loves a day out at the Point to...

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Primary School Teacher Rides in her First Point to Point Race at Howick!

I really enjoy Point to Pointing as do many others. It's the grass roots of the sport; and many jumps jockeys learn their skills riding with the Hunt or in Point to Point Races. For those of you unfamiliar with it,...

 
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Interview with Daredevil school teacher Hannah after finishing second in First Ever Pt to Pt Ride!

 have the utmost admiration for Jumps Jockeys. The Cheltenham Gold Cup this year showed that at their best Amateur Riders; that learn their skills out hunting and in the Point to Point Field; can compete with the professionals.However while...

 
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Hannah Struggles to weigh in but is awarded Second Place in her First ever Ride!

Now Hannah is very fit and strong. So to see her weak at the knees and struggling to carry the saddle and lead weights after the Race was a surprise to me. It just goes to show the strength and...

 
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Primary School Teacher Finishes Second in her first EVER Point to Point ride!!

This is a really heroic ride from Hannah Adams, a primary school teacher in Monmouthshire, on her own horse 'L'homme Sauvage'. Primary school Teacher Hannah Adams recently was bonkers enough to ride in a Point to Point steeplechase at the...

 
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Primary School Teacher has a Scare in her first EVER Point to Point ride!!

Primary school Teacher Hannah Adams recently was bonkers enough to ride in a Point to Point steeplechase at the Curre and Llangibby Hunt Races at Howick. Riding against experienced amateur jockeys; she almost unseated at the last fence first time...

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The Cheltenham Festival: The Battle for the Hill

What a Week! My friend Ceri calls it 'Nam. ABOVE: Ceri and I search for a winner in the Racing Post   With good reason: it's hectic, its warfare between bookies and punters; the showdown battles between 'Tanks' (Denman) and...

 
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About Eliza Cook

Hi! I'm Eliza. I am a Geographer by profession, and am currently studying for a PhD in Geography at Swansea University. I will be investigating ice core records from Greenland pretty soon. But you don't want to hear about those. 

On top of this, during a year out, I fell into working as an in-house model for Agent Provocateur. Strange but true! This experience heightened my appreciation of fashion - especially the eclectic and eccentric fashions of the races.

I've been a racing fan for two years. I love all racing, but a day at the jumps is where I really feel the most excitement. Having grown up in Gloucestershire, with two great racecourses on the doorstep - Cheltenham and Chepstow - it is a wonder that I didn't find racing sooner.

I've been privileged to be a part of some of the 'behind the scenes' elements of racing, from photographing frosty morning breeze-ups to attending the post Cheltenham Festival jockeys' celebration in the Weighing Room!

I am thrilled to be a 'Voice of the Races'. To me, the most striking feature of racing is the accessibility of participants - and the fact that everybody attending has a part to play. A day at the races has it all; wonderful horses, spectacle and fashion, in an adrenaline soaked atmosphere where people from all walks of life come together in mutual appreciation of the sport.

I can't wait to tell you all about my experiences at the races, the people I meet and the adventures I have, as well as the fashions I encounter and the stories I uncover.

I hope you enjoy it! 


 

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