Superb clash on the cards in John Smith’s Melling Chase

Trainer Colin Tizzard is looking forward to a potential clash with Sprinter Sacre and Irish ace Flemenstar after confirming his stable star Cue Card is on course for the £200,000 Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase (3.05pm) over two and a half miles at Aintree on Ladies’ Day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Friday, April 5. Cue Card has established himself as the leading intermediate chaser this term with emphatic victories in Exeter’s sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup, the Ascot Chase and the Ryanair…

THE FIRST 10 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL FACTFILES

  BALLABRIGGS (IRE) FACTFILE b g Presenting – Papoose (IRE) (Little Bighorn) 12-11-04  Form: 50220/6S22F212/0/3111/1121/46-P73  Owner: Trevor Hemmings Trainer: Donald McCain  Breeder: Mrs Sarah Jackson Ballabriggs The 2011 John Smith’s Grand National winner Ballabriggs was born in CountyTipperary on April 27, 2001. John Brady paid IR£12,000 for him as a foal at Goffs in December, 2001, and sold the youngster on to Highflyer Bloodstock, acting for owner Trevor Hemmings, for 32,000 euros at Tattersalls Ireland the following November. Ballabriggs was allowed to develop at two…

The Festival 2013 – all the statistics

ch2013mg15 The Festival is now over for another year and this final pack contains a whole host of updated statistics for owners, trainers and jockeys at the four-day meeting. A list of all the winners at The Festival 2013 is also included and there are factfiles for three of the week’s Grade One winners – Hurricane Fly (Stan James Champion Hurdle), Sprinter Sacre (Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase) and Bobs Worth (Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup). Total attendance at The Festival this year came to 235,125…

Punchestown team count down towards best-ever Festival

Punchestown Racecourse’s General Manager, Dick O’Sullivan, today looked forward to what could be one of the greatest-ever Irish National Hunt Festivals at the CountyKildare course. An unprecedented number of the principal winners from Cheltenham last week look set to line up at the 2013 Punchestown Festival, staged from April 23 to 27. Connections of eight of the 12 Cheltenham Grade 1 winners (including at least three of the four championship scorers) and nine of the runners-up are considering a trip to Punchestown. Indeed, at least…

Royal Ascot prize money reaches £5 million for the first time

Windsor Forest Stakes renamed “The Duke of Cambridge Stakes” Prize money at Royal Ascot will be a record £5 million this year, representing an increase of £500,000 (11%) from 2012 and Ascot is delighted to announce that the Windsor Forest Stakes has been renamed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. As well as reaching the £5 million Royal Ascot milestone for the first time, annual prize money for all race days in 2013 is in excess of £10 million (£10,001,150) and although this threshold was reached…

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