In the 4.30 at Newcastle on Thursday, Holiday Magic failed to trouble the judge on his first eights starts for Michael Easterby, although his fourth of 13, beaten 3¼ lengths, over course and distance on his debut for the yard was the best of a non-descript lot. The Dark Angel gelding hinted at a revival when second of ten, beaten half a length, over course and distance three starts ago, but has won his last three starts, on Tapeta, Polytrack and Fibresand, in the style of a rapidly improving horse and is hard to oppose under a 6lb penalty. The 6-year-old steps up in class, but he could be called the winner a long way from home at Southwell and, if able to translate that form back to Tapeta, must take a world of beating.
Selection: Newcastle 4.30 Holiday Magic to win
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Richard Dunwoody is a tremendously admired but now retired British jockey chiefly remembered for his extraordinary triumphs in National Hunt races. Born in Northern Ireland on 18th January in 1964, the incomparably star-speckled racing legend emerged the Champion Jockey on three distinguished equestrian sporting seasons. Like his father who was an extensively adored Point to Point professional rider, Dunwoody’s inimitable record includes 1,699 exemplary wins atop tens of famed winners on various sporting arenas in Britain and Ireland.
While the Irish-born has numerous records to his name, he’s mainly idolized worldwide for his huge wins in the King George VI Chase races. Under this equestrian gaming category, Dunwoody clinched a total of four distinguished titles that propelled his revered standing among contemporaries and cheering throngs of devoted fans across the continent. Two of his King George VI Chase titles were attained atop the timeless winner – the grey Desert Orchid in 1989 and 1990.
Other noteworthy victories that catapulted Richard Dunwoody to international glory and impregnable racing repute include his great performance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup sporting event in 1988. Riding the invincible Charter Party, the British racer outdid scores of universally revered rivals to win the glamorous Cheltenham title. One of the very few jockeys to receive the Lester Award, Dunwoody achieved the enviable honor on five year occasions as the most successful Jump Jockey of the Year.
Even after quitting active participation in professional tournaments, the unmistakable sporting veteran and training guru embarked on an immensely reward charitable mission. He is the incumbent patron of the globally supported Spinal Research and Racing Welfare. Dunwoody earned unlimited acclaim in the racing fraternity and even in high-flying political circles when he launched a 1,000 Mile Challenge on 1,000 consecutive events.
Just before the Bunbury Cup in July 2009, Richard Dunwoody completed his big-chartered trek at Newmarket Racecourse. The benevolent sacrifice has been lauded as one of the most effective acts of sporting magnificence. The retired racetrack hero generated tens of thousands of pounds for the non-profit whose cause he still steers as the patron. All the nifty details and brave rigors of his decades-old career are comprehensively immortalized in his riveting autobiography – “Obsessed”.