Home Farm set for Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup

  9th December 2013 – Home Farm is among 18 confirmations for the £100,000 Grade Three Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup (2.25pm), run over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14.   Arthur Moore’s charge finished a close third in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April and shaped promisingly on his seasonal reappearance at Naas on November 9 with a close third behind Rupert Lamb over two miles.   The lightly-raced six-year-old…

Sir Alex Ferguson’s I’m Fraam Govan chasing valuable Kempton Park prize on Wednesday

The All-Weather Championships continue with two valuable contests at Kempton Park and Lingfield Park on Wednesday, December 11 which have both attracted very strong fields.   Kempton Park stages the richest race of the day, the £70,000 Betdaq – The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap (6.40pm). Run over 11 furlongs, this race is the final of the London Middle Distance Series.   A maximum field of 14 is set to go to post, with the weights headed by Open Eagle (David O’Meara) on 9st 10lb, who…

Knockara Beau aiming to end Cheltenham hoodoo

Trainer George Charlton is hoping that Knockara Beau can gain a deserved first success at Cheltenham in the £45,000 Grade Three Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase (2.10pm), highlight of the first day of The International on Friday, December 13. The 10-year-old has yet to score in 14 visits to the Home of Jump Racing but has finished second four times, including when going down by two lengths to Alvarado in the Grade Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase at The Open on November 16. Knockara Beau was…

Lantern aiming for the sky at Sha Tin

Sky Lantern is the star performer of Britain’s champion stable in 2013 so it is only appropriate that she now finds herself competing for glory in Hong Kong at the Turf World Championships. What is more there is a live chance – according to many close observers – that her stunning acceleration will lead to victory in Sunday’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.   And anyone who dismisses this Hong Kong challenge as some afterthought after a campaign that began in April, and catapulted her…

Changes to order of running on Champion Day and Ladies Day at The Festival in 2014

Cheltenham Racecourse announces changes to the order of running for the first two days of The Festival in 2014.   On the opening day, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle moves to become the fifth race (previously sixth) on the card at 4.00pm, immediately following the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.20pm).   This will enable the race, run over two and a half miles, to be shown live on Channel 4 Racing, giving terrestrial viewers the chance…

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