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Young trainer to help celebrate Southwell milestone

Posted onPosted on 1st Nov

Scott Dixon may be one of the youngest racehorse trainers in the country, but he is one of the most successful at his local track in the current decade.

He has saddled over 70 winners on the All-Weather surface at Southwell since setting out on his career in 2011.

Resident at the racecourse’s newly refurbished training centre since August, Dixon will play his part in a celebration of 30 years of racing on the Fibresand surface on Saturday 9th November.

That’s when the 32-year-old will parade two of his stable stars before the start of the anniversary floodlit fixture, which has an exciting Irish Night theme.

Sir Geoffrey, who won nine times at Southwell during his prolific career, and 13-times Fibresand scorer Crosse Fire will join the likes of General Tufto and Alpha Tauri in the nostalgic parade.

However, the top trainer at the Rolleston circuit in recent seasons is former Newark based Mick Appleby, who will also parade his veteran track specialist The Lock Master.

Appleby and Dixon are not the only trainers to dominate with locally trainer runners. Edwinstowe based Roy Bowring has enjoyed three decades of success with stars such as Portend and First Maite, who both graduated to become top quality performers on the Flat.

The winning most trainer at the track since 1989 is David Barron, who took the Fibresand by storm in its formative years, going on to win the valuable Lincoln Handicap with Southwell graduate Amenable in 1991 and a Winter Derby with fellow track winner Sergeant York.

Like Barron, Middleham’s record breaking trainer Mark Johnston has been a long-standing supporter, blooding many well-bred youngsters since his early success with Hinari Video.

The Irish Night – the 30th Anniversary floodlit fixture – on Saturday 9th November will follow a charity dinner at the Racecourse the previous evening.

It will feature racing personalities Derek Thompson and Bob Champion and will raise funds for Bob’s cancer charity as well as celebrating the track’s landmark. Tickets are available for both events now on 01636 814481 or at Southwell-racecourse.co.uk

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