The quiz: how much do you know about this week’s hot topics?

Mick Easterby

Mick Easterby: is parting with something close to his heart

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (  

Barely a day goes by without big news stories breaking, among them the seismic, controversial and downright wacky. Catch up on this week’s news in our quickfire quiz.


1 Which successful British apprentice revealed they had moved to Australia in search of greater opportunities?

A Hollie Doyle
B Natalie Hambling 
C Nathan Evans
D Lewis Edmunds

2 What did trainer Mick Easterby put up for auction to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance?

A His best two-year-old
B His binoculars
C His wellington boots
D His jacket  

3 Grand National hero Papillon sadly died this week aged 26. In which year did he triumph at Aintree?

A 1999
B 2000 
C 2001
D 2002

4 Another Grand National stalwart bowed out this week, as Big Fella Thanks was retired aged 15 having suffered an injury. How many times did he run in the race?

A 4 
B 5
C 6
D 7

5 Veteran Japanese jockey Fumio Matoba reached the milestone of 7,000 winners on Friday, how old is he?

A 52
B 57
C 60 
D 62


Postponed: was a high-class performer for Roger Varian

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (  


6 Injury ended Postponed’s career this week, how many Group 1s did the six-year-old win?

A 3
B 4 
C 5
D 6

7 Aidan O’Brien created history with Churchill’s win in the 2,000 Guineas. How many times has he now won the Classic?

A 5
B 6
C 7
D 8 

8 “I want more followers on Twitter than Matt Chapman and to be compared to racing royalty Nick Luck and Big Mac one day!” Who was talking about their racing ambitions this week?

A Ed Chamberlin
B The Racing Blogger
C Hayley Turner
D Luke Harvey

9 An unexpected runner joined the field for a race in Cessnock, Australia this week. What was it?

A Fox
B Kangaroo 
C Ostrich
D Koala

10 Continuing the Australian theme, which jockey is being sought to ride at the Investec Derby meeting this year?

A Nash Rawiller
B Hugh Bowman
C Michelle Payne 
D Sam Clipperton

Scroll down for the answers….











1 B (Natalie Hambling)
2 D (His jacket)
3 B (2000)
4 A (four)
5 C (60)
6 B (four)
7 D (eight)
8 A (The Racing Blogger)
9 B (Kangaroo)
10 C (Michelle Payne)


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