Just for fun, we thought you might appreciate a little brain teaser to get the grey matter ticking over during the Festive Season, by reflecting on the 2016 racing year.

Course-Specialist wishes you all a very peaceful and fulfilling 2017 and would like to thank you for your support during the past year. We will put the answers up for the quiz on Christmas Eve!

 

QUIZ TIME:

  • Which appropriately named horse won the first race of 2016 at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day?
  • Which horse won a second Welsh Grand National at the rescheduled meeting in January?
  • Where did Richard Johnson ride his 3,000th career winner (under all codes)?
  • Superstar Halling sadly passed away in early February at Dalham Hall Stud. Which two British Group 1 races did he win twice?
  • In February, Nigel Twiston-Davies had a brilliant day with a double in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown Park and the Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby. Name the winning horses.
  • Which Doug Watson filly took Meydan by storm with runaway victories in the UAE 1,000 Guineas and UAE Oaks?
  • Which horse gave Tom Scudamore his 1,000th victory at Musselburgh in February?
  • Which all-weather specialist landed the Winter Derby at Lingfield Park?
  • Which horse won the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in March?
  • Which horse landed the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park?
  • How many winners at the Cheltenham Festival were officially trained in Ireland?
  • On which track did Long Run have his final race before retirement?
  • Wes Ward was set to run a maiden American filly in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster in March. She was withdrawn but later ran in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. What was her name?
  • Which two subsequent Group 1 winners were successful at Doncaster’s Lincoln Meeting in March?
  • Which novice chaser landed the Scottish Grand National to bring Paul Nicholls back into the Trainers’ Championship reckoning?
  • Which horse landed back to back victories in Ascot’s Sagaro Stakes in April?
  • Which horse beat the late Vautour for a second successive time at the Punchestown Festival?
  • Which horse finished third to Galileo Gold in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas?
  • Which Aidan O’Brien colt came fourth in the 2,000 Guineas?
  • What was the name of the first Frankel colt to race in England?
  • Who rode Jet Setting to win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas?
  • Which was the first British-trained horse to finish in the Investec Derby at Epsom?
  • Who ran second to Minding in the Investec Oaks?
  • How many American-trained winners were there at Royal Ascot in June?
  • Who rode Antiquarium to win the Northumberland Plate?
  • Which David O’Meara horse placed in three Group 1 sprints in 2016?
  • Which two Group 2 races did Big Orange win for the second successive year in 2016?
  • Who rode the winner of the Newmarket Town Plate?
  • Why was American filly Oh So Terrible withdrawn from a Newmarket maiden?
  • On which horse did Frankie Dettori ride his 3,000th career winner?
  • Which British-trained horse won the Arlington Million?
  • Which subsequent Group 1 winner landed a York maiden at the Ebor Festival?
  • Which former jockey was successful in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race at Doncaster?
  • Who trained Harbour Law to win the Ladbrokes St Leger?
  • Which horse caused a shock when beating Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger?
  • Which horse gave Joseph O’Brien a first Group 1 victory as a trainer?
  • Two French-based horses landed Group races at Newmarket in 2016, who were they?
  • Who trained Spark Plug to win the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
  • Which Japanese horse entered the reckoning for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after beating Midterm in the Prix Niel?
  • Which once-raced Godolphin filly won the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly?
  • Which filly gave Sir Mark Prescott Group 1 success in the Prix de l’Abbaye?
  • Where did former Champion Bumper winners Ballyandy and Moon Racer clash over hurdles?
  • Who trains the unbeaten Cornwallis Stakes winner Mrs Danvers?
  • Which former British-based jockey won his fourth Velka Pardubicka?
  • Which former Champion Jockey reached 2,000 winners as a trainer in October?
  • Which French-trained horse won the Canadian International Stakes?
  • Which two European trained horses placed in Breeders’ Cup races on the Friday?
  • Which horse won the Haldon Gold Cup?
  • How many Irish-based horses won at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting?
  • How many Grade 1’s were won by mares at Fairyhouse on Hatton’s Grace Hurdle day?
  • How many Japanese horses won the big races at Hong Kong’s International Meeting?
  • Which horse won both the Lanzarote Hurdle and the Tommy Whittle Chase in 2016?