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Long haul ahead for fundraiser John

A MINEHEAD grandfather has set out on the South West Coast Path to raise money to help two good causes which are both close to his heart. John Boniface (pictured), 65, of Alcombe Road will be hoping to complete the 630-mile route from Minehead to Po... read on

BREEDERS of the iconic Exmoor pony are at loggerheads over a move to kick two of them out of the organisation dedicated to safeguarding the future of the ancient breed. read on...
COLLECTORS were on the hunt for a bargain at a major fundraiser in Kilve. read on...
POLICE are appealing for information after a vandal attacked every window in Minehead’s Costa café, causing thousands of pounds of damage. read on...
A PROJECT aimed at improving Minehead’s prosperity with a range of economy boosting initiatives is heading for an extension - thanks to some prudent money management. read on...


WEST Somerset-based racehorse trainer Philip Hobbs has praised “tough” ten-year-old Balthazar King after his career-best second place in the Crabbie’s Grand National.
The 14/1 shot was beaten by just five lengths by Pineau De Re, while Bilbrook stablemate Chance Du Roy came sixth.
Balthazar King only managed 15th in last year’s national but this year was a very different story.
Jockey Richard Johnson held off Tony McCoy and Double Seven, who came third a length and a quarter behind.
“This is enormous for the horse and he is a superstar," said Philip.
“He is so consistent, tough and he tries so hard. I have enormous pride in him.”
He said the horse had jumped well and everything had gone according to plan but, with three fences to go, he thought he would only finish fifth or sixth.
“He ran on really well and it’s fantastic.”... read on


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