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Somerset trainer has high hopes for Grand National

Trainer Philip Hobbs in his stables in Somerset. Credit: Press Association

It's the Grand National this weekend, and a trainer from Somerset is hoping to make his mark on the world famous steeplechase.

Philip Hobbs from Minehead has never won the race but, coming off the back of a successful Cheltenham Festival, he has high hopes for his two horses running in the National at Aintree.


NT concerns for new Bath rugby stadium

The National Trust has raised concerns over the design of Bath Rugby's planned new stadium.

The charity says it's worried about the height and colour of the scheme.

A formal planning application hasn't yet been submitted, but the club say they want a facility that the city can be proud of.

The National Trust has raised concerns over the design of Bath Rugby's planned new stadium

Festival of British Eventing back at Gatcombe Park

The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Final preparations are taking place for the Festival of British Eventing, which starts on Friday.

It is back at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, the home of Princess Anne, after being called off last year because of the bad weather.

It comes as equestrian sport is at a high after the Olympics and medallists Mary King and William Fox-Pitt are both competing.


Arul 'devastated' to be retiring from cricket

This is the hardest decision of my life especially having played for Somerset for so long. After consultation with the specialist, I realise I have no choice but to retire.

I have so many happy memories of my time at Somerset and would like to thank everybody from players, staff and members who have supported me during my playing career at the County.

Somerset will always be my County and from the other side of the boundary ropes I shall continue to support the lads in everyway I can.”

– Arul Suppiah, Somerset Cricketer

Somerset's Arul Suppiah to retire from cricket

Arul Suppiah. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Somerset Cricketer Arul Suppiah has retired from the game with immediate effect, Somerset County Cricket announced on Thursday.

The Twenty20 bowling world record holder has been suffering from serious injuries in both knees that have led to a rapid deterioration in their condition in recent months.

The 29 year old Malaysian arrived at Millfield School on a cricket scholarship at the age of 13 and has played for Somerset ever since.

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