Osborne to tackle Cesarewitch Trial in commentary competition

Derek Thompson and Steven Powell were on hand at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course today to host the live draw, available via Facebook Live on the Newmarket Racecourses account, to determine which races the trainers taking part in the Trainers Commentary Competition would be allocated.

The competition, in aid of the very worthy beneficiaries of the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend, will see three Newmarket based Trainers and three Lambourn based Trainers take to the commentary position at the Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 23rd September.

The races allocated to each Trainer on the seven race card are as follows*;

  1. The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) – Mark Tompkins
  2. The ROA/Racingpost Owners Jackpot Handicap Stakes – Brendan Powell
  3. The Handicap Stakes – Amy Murphy
  4. The Betfred Cesarewitch Trial Handicap Stakes – Jamie Osborne
  5. The Handicap Stakes – TBC, special guest!
  6. The EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Handicap Stakes – Richard Spencer
  7. The Fillies’ Handicap Stakes – Joe Tuite

The special guest, who will be commentating on the remaining race, will be announced in due course. 

*race names are subject to change.

Just Giving Pages


Team Newmarket

Amy Murphy           https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amymurphy17

Mark Tompkins           https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marktompkins17
Richard Spencer          https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richardspencer17

Team Lambourn

Brendan Powell          https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brendanpowell17

Joe Tuite                  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joetuite17

Jamie Osborne          https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamieosborne17


About the Trainers

Team Newmarket

Amy Murphy

At 25, Amy Murphy is the youngest participant in the Trainers Commentary Competition.  Come the day of the competition, she will also just be celebrating a first successful year as a trainer having acquired her license last autumn.

Having completed a course at Hartpury in Horse Management Amy then went on and worked for some of the top trainers around the world including Tom Dascombe, Gai Waterhouse and most recently Luce Cumani.  After three years as Assistant Trainer to Cumani, Amy then joined the training ranks herself and has got off to flying first season, already recording 12 winners on both the Flat and Jumps.

Not only experienced in his first season as a trainer, Amy has also ridden under rules as an amateur jockey too.

Mark Tompkins

Mark Tompkins is a Classic winning Trainer who has long passed the 1000 winners mark since joining the training ranks. 

Having won a total of 19 top Grade and Group contests over both the Flat and Jumps, Mark won his first Group race very early in his career and has maintained this standard ever since. He is brilliant at getting the best out of every horse and puts his heart and soul into finding the right opportunities for them to perform at their peak. His handling of his Classic-winning St Leger Group 1 horse, Bob's Return, is a perfect example of this.  

Mark is chairman of the Newmarket Trainers' Federation and has been since 1997, and he is also a trustee of the Racing Centre. He is highly respected for his common sense and passion for all racing matters.

Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer has worked in racing for the last 10 years, with his first position at Peter Bowen’s in west Wales. He moved to Barry Hills in 2006 and continued as pupil assistant with Charlie Hills.  At the end of 2012 Richard moved from Lambourn to Newmarket and spent two years as assistant to Michael Bell at Fitzroy House.  Richard joined Rebel Racing at Albert House Stables at the end of 2015 and took up the position of Trainer when his licence was awarded at the end of March 2016.

Richard is not only a talented trainer, having already achieved a Royal Ascot winner, he is also an accomplished race rider, having ridden 25 winners in Point-to-Point races. He also rode under rules as an amateur, with notable wins in a Hunter Chase at Ascot in 2014 and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown in 2012.

Team Lambourn

Jamie Osborne

Jamie Osborne began his successful career as a Jump Jockey at 18, starting off with National Hunt Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson before becoming stable Jockey to Oliver Sherwood.  Having achieved just shy of 1000 winners, 65 at Grade level, highlights include riding 12 Cheltenham Festival winners in total, five of which he rode in the 1992 event.

Retiring due to an ongoing injury in 1999, he joined the training ranks in 2000, setting up shop in Upper Lambourn.  Jamie has enjoyed a number of big race wins on the Flat as a trainer including multiple Royal Ascot victories as well as the UAE Derby in 2014 with stable star Toast of New York.

Joe Tuite

From an Irish dairy farming family, Joe came to England in 1984 and quickly gained experience riding under rules as a conditional jockey to Stan Mellor and Jenny Pitman. His talents as a rider and all-round complete horseman also extend to every aspect of pre-training, breaking and educating young horses.

Joe Tuite entered the training ranks in 2010 after eight years as assistant trainer to top Flat handler Mick Channon, having previously worked in a similar capacity for Charles Egerton. He trains from a purpose built yard in Lambourn, near to Hungerford.

From training 6 winners in season one (2011) Joe more than doubled this tally the next year, training 13 winners in his second season. He enjoyed his biggest victories in 2014 when Litigant won both the Betfred Ebor Handicap at York and the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.

Brendan Powell

Brendan rode over 800 winners as a Jockey, both domestically and abroad.  Alongside winning the 1988 Grand National aboard Rhyme N Reason, he also has two Scottish and two Midlands National’s to his name, plus several Cheltenham Festival winners during his distinguished career.

When he retired in 2000, Brendan originally set up training in Winchester with only a handful of horses. Now, 17 years later and a move to Lambourn in 2006, he has trained in excess of 750 winners and holds a dual-purpose licence. His training career has been very successful to date, not least with the stable star Dark Emerald who won two races in Dubai and was runner up in a Group 2.

About the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend Beneficiaries

Racing Welfare are working tirelessly to provide additional higher quality and supervised accommodation to support young people at the start of their careers within the horseracing industry. A designated fund has been set up in order to raise money for a Newmarket Housing Project and we are pleased to confirm that we donated £28,554 to this fund following last year’s event.

The Newmarket Day Centre is an independent community resource which exists to offer support to elderly people in the community.  The Day Centre currently have an ongoing project to renovate part of the centre which when finished, will ensure the building is running to maximum efficiency, saving on bills as well as providing the best environment for its customers. 

The Newmarket Academy’s Social Mobility Fund is the 32Red Newmarket Open Weekend’s new beneficiary for 2017.  30% of the students at the Academy face real challenges growing up with family poverty.  As a school, Newmarket Academy is meeting their educational needs but the students often miss out on other educational opportunities which could raise their ambition and aspiration, and thus help to address the national issue of social mobility.

About Newmarket Racecourses

Newmarket’s two magical racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the Adnams July Course, together form the greatest venue in the East of England. Hosting exhilarating world class Flat racing, pulsating music nights, great value family days, award-winning restaurants and exceptional conferences, in 2016 Newmarket Racecourses celebrated350 years of extraordinary royal patronage.

The Jockey Club stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

About Newmarket Open Weekend

The Newmarket Open Weekend (‘NOW’) is a fantastic opportunity to visit the town of Newmarket and go behind the scenes at Horse Racing’s HQ.  During the Open Weekend visitors will get the chance to see some of the world’s best racehorses at Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine sites and visit the yards’ of leading Newmarket trainers.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday, 16th and Sunday, 17th September. Children under 18 years go for FREE.  www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk

NOW Food & Drink Festival

Once again the Newmarket Open Weekend will incorporate the NOW Food & Drink Festival.  The Food Festival will be located right at the heart of the action at the National Heritage Centre and on Palace Street for both days of the Open Weekend. The Festival will play host to over 30 bespoke stalls, accessible to all NOW ticket holders.  It will also include its very own Sausage Competition on Sunday afternoon.

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