There were big crowds and some tears today as Kent's only racecourse held what may well be its last ever race. Folkestone Racecourse needs investment if it's to remain viable but a proposal to raise cash by building 800 homes has been rejected by planners. David Johns reports.
Today could be the last time horses will race at Folestone racecourse if future investment in the course is not secured. Folkestone is the last racecourse in Kent and staff say it would be an end of an era if it were to close.
The owners of the course had hoped to build more than eight hundred homes on the site as a way of generating money for a substantial redevelopment. But these proposals were rejected by Shepway District Council.
Frankel was at his majestic best as he made it a perfect 14 victories in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. The world's highest-rated racehorse, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, won his 10th Group One race with a trademark display of pure brilliance - despite being slowly away from the stalls.
Sent off the 2-11 favourite, Khalid Abdullah's wonder colt took up the running from Cirrus Des Aigles over a furlong out under his ever-present jockey Tom Queally and pulled away from the French raider to win cosily by a length and three-quarters.
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All eyes will be on Ascot tomorrow to see if Frankel, the racehorse with a so far faultless career, can end his competitive life undefeated. Sir Henry Cecil's four year old colt could make it 14 wins from 14 when he competes on the Berkshire turf in the Champions Stakes.
One of Britain's greatest ever racehorses - Frankel - will be taking to the track at Ascot this Saturday for what is expected to be his final race.
The event is a sell out with 3 million pounds up for grabs.
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Captain Bertie, ridden by William Carson, won the Berry Bros and Rudd Magnum Spring Cup at Newbury a short time ago.
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