News from Cheltenham on day one of The Open, Countryside Day

THE OPEN 2013, COUNTRYSIDE DAY RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE CHELTENHAM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 RUBY’S RETURN PROVES WORTH THE WAIT   British racegoers are not seeing so much of Ruby Walsh following his decision to ride primarily in Ireland, but they were treated to a vintage show from the great jockey in today’s closing race.   Admittedly the Tony Martin-trained Quick Jack was sent off the 15/8 favourite and would have won under most riders, but Walsh’s unhurried style and energy-saving assistance to the horse is one…

British Champion Richard Hughes to ride in LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship as Joao Moreira is suspended

The Hong Kong Jockey Club today announced that Richard Hughes will ride in the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse on 4 December 2013. Hughes steps in as replacement for Joao Moreira, who incurred a three meeting suspension for careless riding aboard Turbo Jewellery in The Victoria Racing Club Trophy at Happy Valley on 13 November. The suspension is added to that incurred for a previous offence, and the period of suspension now includes the LONGINES IJC on 4 December and the LONGINES Hong…

Ivory has Win & You’re In option for progressive Lancelot du Lac

The two WIN & YOU’RE IN contests at Lingfield Park this Saturday, November 16, have attracted high-quality and competitive fields.   Both winners of the two Listed races will automatically qualify and gain free entry for Europe’s richest All-Weather raceday, the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals, at Lingfield Park, on Good Friday, April 18.   A maximum field of 12 goes to post for the £37,000 Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Golden Rose Stakes (3.10pm) over six furlongs, which offers a place in the £150,000 bookmakers.co.uk Sprint…

Finian’s Rainbow heads maximum field of 20 for Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham

  14th November 2013 – This year’s £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.30pm) should be a cracker with a maximum field of 20 runners set to line up in the extended two and a half-mile handicap chase, highlight of The Open on Saturday, November 16.   The weights are headed by three-time Grade One winner Finian’s Rainbow (11st 12lb, 11/1 with Paddy Power, Barry Geraghty rides), who captured the Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in 2012.   His trainer Nicky Henderson is also…

The Queen is thrilled to accept Cartier Award

Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate provided one of the highpoints of the 2013 Flat season when winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and her owner was delighted to personally accept the CARTIER STAYER AWARD.   Footage of The Queen receiving the Award at Buckingham Palace on Monday (November 11) from Arnaud Bamberger, Cartier UK’s Executive Chairman, and Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, was shown yesterday (Tuesday, November 12) evening to the 330 invited guests at the 2013 Cartier Racing Awards at London’s Dorchester…

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