Sky Bet to sponsor Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and other races on the “Road To Cheltenham”

Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce Sky Bet as the new sponsor of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. A five-year deal will see the Leeds-based bookmaker lend its support to the traditional curtain raiser at The Festival. Run over an extended two miles, the roll of honour for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle includes such Festival legends as Flyingbolt, L’Escargot, Bula, Golden Cygnet, Buck House, Hors La Loi III and Brave Inca. Sky Bet will also support two Grade Two novices’ hurdles on “The Road…

Court Minstrel on course for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Evan Williams said today that Court Minstrel is being aimed at the £100,000 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle, which takes place over an extended two miles on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 17.   The six-year-old progressed into a high-class performer last season, capturing the Sussex Champion Hurdle on the way to an easy two and a quarter length success in the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April.   He was sent off favourite for a two-mile Listed handicap…

Pine Creek on course for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

John Ferguson is aiming Pine Creek (10st 12lb – 10/1 joint-favourite with Stan James) at the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle over two miles on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 17.   The five-year-old, who is the 10/1 joint favourite with Stan James, won on two of his four starts over hurdles last term and returned to action with a comfortable success in a competitive two-mile Listed handicap hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, November 2.   Ferguson is also…

Gollings could aim Conquisto at Paddy Power Gold Cup as weights are revealed

Finian’s Rainbow (11st 12lb – 14/1 with Paddy Power) heads the weights for the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, the highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 16.   The 10-year-old won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in 2012 and is one of seven entries for champion trainer Nicky Henderson. Among the septet is Grade One-winning novice Captain Conan (11st 8lb – 10/1), Rajdhani Express (11st 4lb -   10/1), winner of the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase at The Festival in…

Great Hall ready for Floodlit test

The All-Weather Championships continue with an exciting twilight fixture at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 6, which is headlined by the £37,000 Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Floodlit Stakes (7.00pm).   A field of seven is set to go to post for the mile and a half contest, including the Brian Meehan-trained Great Hall, who will wear blinkers for the first time.   The three-year-old was last seen finishing a creditable ninth in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 15,…

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