Cheltenham Racecourse statement about A P McCoy

Following a fall from Quantitativeeasing in Cheltenham’s Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle (4.20pm) today, 17-time champion Jump jockey A P McCoy sustained chest injuries and has been taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment. He is conscious and has full use of his limbs.

Ubak to be supplemented & quotes from Sweeney, Mangan & Byrnes ahead of the Punchestown Festival

Trainer Gary Moore today revealed that his outstanding Aintree winner Ubak is set to be supplemented for the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle on Friday, April 26, at next week’s Punchestown Festival. The five-year-old was a brilliant 16-length winner of the Grade 2 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on April 6 and Moore is looking forward to running in Ireland. The 8,000 euros supplementary entry stage for the two and a half mile €80,000 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle is on Monday, April…

Winners of 21st anniversary Wills Writing Awards announced

The 21st annual Wills Writing Awards, for creative writing (fact or fiction) around a horseracing theme by a young person resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, attracted 92 entries. Of these, 37 were in the under 26 category, 30 were in the under 19 category, and 25 were in the under 15 category.   The under 26 winner and runner up and the under 19 winner had all been prize-winners in previous years, in younger categories. The under 19 winner is also…

Mares to the fore on day two of The April Meeting. Tom Symonds aiming for Listed glory

The April Meeting at Cheltenham concludes tomorrow (April 18) with a cracking eight-race card in which three Listed contests for mares take centre stage.   Herefordshire-based trainer Tom Symonds, a former assistant to Nicky Henderson, is set to have four runners across the card, with three of those in Listed company.   Valmari is one of eight runners in the £25,000 Listed European Breeders’ Fund/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.35pm) over two miles and five furlongs, which was transferred to Cheltenham following the…

Stars on show at Cheltenham tomorrow

Grade One-winning chaser Menorah (11st 10lb) will have to concede upwards of 7lb to his six rivals in the £50,000 Grade Two Macmillan Cancer Support Silver Trophy Limited Handicap Chase (3.55pm) at Cheltenham on the opening day of The April Meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17. The Philip Hobbs-trained eight-year-old captured the Grade One Betfred Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree last year and annexed another big prize this season when taking the rearranged Grade Two Peterborough Chase at KemptonPark on December 27. After pulling up in…

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