News from More Turf Racing

Commonsensical romps home first at Pontefract Races

After two 2nd place finishes Commonsensical went one better last time out at Pontefract Races on Monday 19th April.

Trained by Tom Dascombe at Manor House stables and ridden by Alistair Rawlinson, the Bay Colt was cheered on by it's owners and Burnley Football Club team mates: Jack Cork, Chris Wood, Matt Lowton, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Ashley Westwood and James Tarkowski.

Commonsensical winds at Pontefract Races

Spider Pig, Spider Pig... Look out here comes the Spider Pig!

There's no stopping Spider Pig who came home first in only his second race over jumps at Ayr Racecourse on Monday 26th October.

Trained by Ben Haslam at Castle Hill Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire and ridden by R McLernon, the unusually named racer showed pace, strength and a great temperament to lead the field home over the two mile distance. Keep looking out for Spider Pig, we think he's got a great future.

Spider Pig at Ayr Racecourse

Glorious Goodwood: ITV Racing's Oli Bell interviews Jack Cork

More Turf Racing co-owner and Burnley midfielder Jack Cork spoke to Oli Bell last week during the Goodwood Festival. You can find highlights from their conversation on our Instagram account:

Jack talked about how other professional football players have joined the syndicate and what a great way it is for them all to stay friends and keep in touch, despite playing for different teams.

You don't have to be a professional footballer to join the More Turf Racing Syndicate. If you'd like to know more email:

ITV Racing Oli Bell interviews Jack Cork

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Michael Owen with Jack Cork and Chris Wood

Manor House Stables owner and ex England footballer Michael Owen invited the cameras to his yard when Jack Cork and Chris Wood came to check on some of their More Turf Racing horses.

You can watch the full video including when Jack and Chris tried out the 'Mechanical Race Horse Simulator' for themselves on You Tube at the link below:

Michael Owen with Jack Cork & Chris Wood

Commonsensical finishes second in only his second time out

Commonsensical, our two year old Colt x Bated Breath finished runner up in his latest outing at Haydock Park over 7 furlongs on Saturday 18th July. Trained by Tom Dascombe at Manor House Stables in Cheshire and ridden by Richard Kingscote it was only his second race.

The racing season is slowly getting back to something like normal now, and we look forward to entering more runners in races over the coming weeks and months.

Commonsensical x Bated Breath

New Bay Colt joins the More Turf Racing stable

A new thoroughbred 2018 Bay Colt by Elzaam x Adaptation is the latest addition to the More Turf Racing stable. The horse is being trained at Karl Burke's Spigot Lodge stables situated between the famous Middleham High and Low moor gallops in North Yorkshire.

Everyone at More Turf Racing is looking forward to when we can safely go racing again and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we get the go ahead, but until then stay safe.

2018 Bay Colt by Elzaam x Adaptation

More Turf Racing's horses in training

Our horses have been getting ready for when the new season can start including plenty of riding out on the gallops and stall practice. The quickest and easiest way to have regular updates is to follow our Instagram account at the link below. We already have 460 followers and the numbers are growing all the time

More Turf Racing horses in training

Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Ladies Day

Some of More Turf Racing's lady owners enjoyed a great day out at the Cheltenham Festival this year on Ladies Day. This was of course before social distancing and self isolation as a result of the terrible Coronavirus Pandemic came into force. We can and will beat this. Stay Safe, let's all work together and look forward to some great days at the races in the near future.

Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day

Staying the course with Jack Cork

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork was heavily featured in the match day programme for Burnley's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Turf Moor on Sunday 2nd February. He discusses football of course but also goes into detail about how he and team mate Chris Wood got together with Jack's wife Freya to form More Turf Racing and their future plans.

Jack Cork staying the course

Read Freya Cork's interview in the latest issue of Manor House Monthly

Freya’s lifelong love of all things equine led her and her husband, Burnley and England footballer Jack Cork, to put together the successful More Turf Racing syndicate. In the latest issue of Manor House Monthly, the magazine produced by Michael Owen's Cheshire based racing stable, Freya discusses racing, riding herself, being a mum of two young boys and supporting her husband and his career. Read the full article here...

Freya Cork Manor House Monthly

Stunning new Steel Grey Colt Yearling arrives to wear the More Turf Colours

The latest addition to the More Turf Racing stable is a stunning new Steel Grey Yearling out of Iffraaj x Morning Frost. To be trained at Michael Owen's Manor House Stables in Cheshire by Tom Dascombe.

Stunning Grey Colt Yearling

Monday 4th November and it's time for one of our ex race horses to have a work-out

Freya Cork was in the saddle exercising one of More Turf Racing's ex race horses. The well being of the animals is of paramount importance to everyone at More Turf, both before and after racing.

Freya Cork Riding

New Colt for next season to be trained by Karl Burke

New addition to the More Turf Racing stable. An exciting Grey Colt born in 2018 by Footstepsinthesand x Artistica to be trained by Karl Burke at his Spigot Lodge stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire.

New Colt Trained by Karl Burke

Another second place for "Quick Recap" against a quality field at Wolverhampton on Friday 18th October 2019

Quick Recap was back in the winners enclosure on Friday 18th October at Wolverhampton Races finishing second despite a very strong field. Another great run from our exciting Filly who's showing real promise during her development.

Quick Recap at Wolverhampton Races

"Quick Recap" is placed second after a photo finish at Haycock Park Races on Friday 27th September 2019

Our two year old filly Quick Recap made the winners enclosure following a photo finish that saw her come home second over 6 furlongs with the going described as "heavy". Trained by Tom Dascombe, she is making good progress and we are all looking forward to her next outing when we hope to go one place better.

Quick Recap at Haydock Park Races

"Breathalyze" beats favourite "Cognac" into second place at Chester Races, Friday 13th September

Breathalyze came first in his latest outing in the Class 4 race for 2 year olds in the 'Chester Bet Supporting British Stallions EBF Novice Stakes' at Chester Races on Friday 13th September beating favourite Cognac at the post. Trained by Tom Dascombe at Michael Owen's Manor House Stables, it was his second win in three races following a runners up finish in his previous outing.

Breathalyze wins again Chester Races 13.09.2019

Shadow Kingsman Wins Dubarry Burghley Horse Trials Young Event Horse: 4 Year Old Class

Shadow Kingsman, the horse co-owned by Freya and Jack Cork with International Event Rider Ben Hobday came first in the 4 Year Old Class with Ben in the saddle. This latest win at the Burghley Horse Trials in September 2019 follows a win at the Bramham International Horse Trials in June 2019.

Shadow Kingsman at Burghley Horse Trials 2019

Joint favourite "Breathalyze" finishes second at Chester Races 31st August 2019 despite carrying top weight

Breathalyze, the horse co-owned by Premier League players from Burnley Football Club was pipped at the post finishing second in his latest outing at Chester Races on Saturday 31st August 2019. Trainer Tom Dascombe was pleased with his performance despite missing out on the winners enclosure on this occasion and is already looking forward to his next race.

Breathalyze Chester Races Parade Ring 31st August 2019

Life After Racing: Retired race horse Arden Pulse comes 3rd in first dressage outing

The More Turf Racing team were super proud of retired racehorse Arden Pulse (who's stable name is Blaze) when he scooped a third place finish in his first ever dressage competition with Freya Cork in the saddle on Sunday 21st July. Blaze has been retrained by international eventer Ben Hobday to compete in show jumping, eventing and dressage.

Freya Cork on Arden Pulse

It's a 3rd place finish for 'Breathalyze' in his debut race.

Two year old colt 'Breathalyze' finished third in his first race at Doncaster Races Friday 28th June 2019. Trainer Tom Dascombe said afterwards "It was a good start to his career and he will have learnt a lot from the experience. I'm looking forward to better results in the near future with this horse who has great potential"

Breathalyze debut Doncaster Races

More Turf Racing celebrate as "Breathalyze" wins at Chester Races

Premier League Burnley players Jack Cork, Matt Lowton, Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Chris Wood - plus former Clarets striker Sam Vokes, who is now at Stoke City celebrated on Sunday 4th August when "Breathalyze" came home first at Chester Races in only his second outing. Read the full report on the Racing Post website at: 

Breathalyze wins at Chester Races

More Turf Racing at Doncaster Races Friday 28th June

The More Turf Racing syndicate was out in force on Friday 28th June 2019 at Doncaster Races. Premier League and Burnley FC regulars Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, Jack Cork and Chris Wood were on hand to watch More Turf's two year old colt 'Breathalyze' make his debut.

Doncaster Races Friday 28th June

Premier League stars at Royal Ascot 2019

New Zealand International Chris Wood is pictured with fellow More Turf Racing partner, Burnley FC team mate and England International Jack Cork enjoying the hospitality at Royal Ascot in June 2019.

Chris Wood and Jack Cork

Dress to Impress

Jack Cork and his wife Freya are pictured with More Turf Racing partner and Burnley FC team mate Chris Wood attending Royal Ascot on day two, 19th June 2019. Nothing else quite matches the prestige and glamour of Royal Ascot, an event that is televised throughout the world.

Jack Cork and Chris Wood

Royal Ascot Wednesday 19th June 2019

More rain didn't put the dampers on this annual festival of racing attended as always by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The More Turf Racing team were out in force for the occasion.

Royal Ascot 2019

The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show  12th-16th June 2019

The wet weather in June 2019 has seen many events postponed but Bolesworth Castle still looked in great shape ahead of another days competition in the Show Jumping arena.

Show Jumping events on Friday 14th June included:

4 year old Final
CSI2* and CSI4* Classes
CSI Amateur Classes
Elite Auction

The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show

"Shadow Kingsman" comes first in class

"Shadow Kingsman" competing in the 'Dubarrry Burghley Young Event Horse' category for four year old horses at The Bramham International Horse Trials (6th - 9th June 2019) came first out of 100 horses entered and so qualified for the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials in September 2019. Co-owner Ben Hobday was in the saddle, watched on by Freya and Jack Cork.

Dubarry Burgley Horse Trials Young Event Horse

Jack Cork models More Turf Racing colours

Jack Cork couldn't resist trying on the new More Turf Racing silks when they arrived. When the Burnley midfielder and England international does hang up his boots maybe a new career as a jockey awaits?

Jack Cork in More Turf Racing Colours

Bramham International Horse Trials 6th-9th June 2019

Ben Hobday is well known in equestrian circles as a trainer, event rider and show jumper with 83,300 Instagram followers. Freya Cork first contacted Ben to ask if he would be interested in retraining an ex racehorse owned by her and husband Jack Cork “Arden Pulse” (best finish, second place at Wolverhampton) as an event horse with a view to competing in dressage, and show jumping with Freya Cork in the saddle. Ben was competing at The Bramham International Horse Trials with a horse he co-owns with Freya and Jack Cork "Shadow Kinsman".

Ben Hobday at Bramham International Horse Trials

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