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Googling a runner San Marino 2.30 Exeter San Marino is a country situated in the Apennine Mountains. It is a landlocked enclave, completely surrounded by Italy. It is the oldest recorded sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, having been founded on September 3 301 by stonecutter Marinus of Rab. It has a population of 30,000 and has the smallest population of the members of the Council of Europe.

Easy as 1-2-3 1 Which track hosts the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase? 123 2 Who owns Cheltenham Festival winner Weapon's Amnesty? 3 In which country is Saratoga racecourse? Answers on page 26 On this day... February 14, 1980 Sonny Somers, at the age of 18, equalled the record for the oldest horse to win a race in Britain when landing the Star and Garter Handicap Chase at Southwell. Ridden by 20-year-old Ben de Haan (then a 7lb claimer), the sprightly and enthusiastic veteran came home eight lengths clear.

Sonny Somers scored the last victory of his career at Lingfield a fortnight later. He had been an invaluable tutor to several of Fred Winter's jockeys, including John Francome.

The List Irish champion conditionals 2008-09 Alain Cawley 29 wins (from 326 rides) 2007-08 Shane Jackson 26 wins (from 426 rides) 2006-07 Andrew Leigh 27 wins (from 246 rides) 2005-06 Robbie Moran 25 wins (from 235 rides) 2004-05 Tom Ryan 31 wins (from 291 rides) 2003-04 Robbie Power 28 wins (from 342 rides) 2002-03 Keith Hadnett 25 wins (from 382 rides) Who am I? I'm a trainer now, but you'll remember me for riding a Champion Chase winner for the captain who was blighted by injury but very good on his day. I rode him 12 times, winning eight. One of his best performances was when he landed the Ascot Chase. He destroyed his field that day. Sir Peter O'Sullevan was impressed on commentary: "What sort of a horse is this", he said. For me, he was simply the best.

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