Cheltenham Team Looks Forward To The Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse is being readied for The Festival, which lasts for four thrilling days between Tuesday, March 12 and Friday, March 15. Ian Renton, the Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said today at a media event at the racecourse: “I am delighted to be here with the 2013 Festival less than a fortnight away, witnessing the anticipation which builds every day, and very lucky to have a fantastic team around me who will deliver the best possible experience for all our racegoers. “Regarding ticket…

Festival handicap weights revealed

ch2013mg12final There are a record number of entries for the 11 handicaps at this year’s Festival and – following today’s announcement of the weights – connections will be finalising targets for their contenders with multiple engagements. Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins boasts a formidable team for The Festival and he accounts for the joint or sole top-weight in five of the 11 handicaps including Uncle Junior in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase. Following his victory in the Racing Plus Chase on Saturday, Opening Batsman would…

Final Festival entries revealed

ch2013mg13final Entries for all 27 races at The Festival are now in the public domain with the unveiling of the contenders for the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the CGA Foxhunter Chase today. Quevega heads 36 entries for the £85,000 Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. The Willlie Mullins-trained nine-year-old is bidding to become only the second horse to win a race at The Festival on five occasions following Golden Miller, who captured…

Bailey and McCain chasing more John Smith’s Grand National success

Kim Bailey, who landed the 1990 John Smith’s Grand National with Mr Frisk, believes a return to better ground will suit his John Smith’s Grand National contender The Rainbow Hunter when he lines up in the world’s most famous chase on Saturday, April 6, at Aintree. The progressive nine-year-old, one of 73 horses going forward for the £975,000 Aintree contest following the first scratchings’ deadline yesterday, February 26, (details of which are revealed today) entered the John Smith’s Grand National picture with a decisive half-length…

Donald McCain talks about The Festival

Bankhouse Stables, Cholmondeley, Cheshire   Please see Donald’s comments under each horse below   Synopsis – Son of an Aintree legend; Donald McCain has established himself as the north’s leading trainer since taking over the reins from his father in 2006.   Has finished third in the trainers’ championship behind Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson for the past two seasons (2010/2011 & 2011/2012). Currently lies third in this season’s championship (based on prize money), adrift of Nicholls and Henderson again, but has sent out more…

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