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Life in the heartland: Bits and pieces.

News reaches of the forthcoming marriage of Newmarket 'Old Boy' Harry Dunlop. The former assistant to Henry Cecil returned to his roots in Arundel a little while ago but not before snapping up his bride-to-be Christina McKenzie, who currently works for the International Racing Bureau.

The couple, who have been together for three years, will tie the knot at a wedding service at Cranborne in Dorset on November 20 but the intrepid Dunlop will be donning silks of another kind on October 4 when he bids to raise funds for the Countryside Alliance in a race over a mile and three furlongs at Plumpton.

Anyone wishing to support him can send donations made payable to 'Countryside Alliance', c/o Harry Dunlop, 21 London Road, Arundel, Sussex BN18 9LJ.

..TEXT: This Sunday marks the latest running of the 20-mile sponsored ride in aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund to be staged on Newmarket Heath. The event raised over pounds 20,000 last year and the organisers are hoping for another successful year to help swell funds for the charity.

Anyone who would like further information should contact the Ride secretary, 125 High Street, Cheveley, Newmarket CB8 9DG or email

..TEXT: A welcome addition to the National Horseracing Museum this week has been the Grand National Simulator. Likened to the Star Wars ride at Disneyland the simulator has been leased for six months and the three-to-four minute jaunt is expected to prove a major attraction at pounds 2 a go.

Hilary Bracegirdle, director of the museum, said: 'I don't think it's for the faint-hearted and the ride lets you know exactly what jockeys are going through!'

..TEXT: Good news emanates from Rae Guest's Chestnut Tree Stables of Classic success for La Petite Chinoise. The daughter of Dr Fong gained a first success for owner Nick Elsass at Lingfield last month before joining Danish trainer Lars Kelp, where she scored in the Danish Oaks last Sunday.

Elsass already has a replacement installed in the shape of Fantastic Night, a two-year-old daughter of Night Shift, who has yet to make her debut for Guest.

Guest says: 'It was a first Classic winner for Nick but he has bred a few out there and stands Richard Of York, who has been champion sire in Denmark for the past five years.

'He sent me Pearl Of York, who was the sire's first winner in England, and we are delighted with the success of La Petite Chinoise.'
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2004
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