Ted Spread improving ahead of Fast-Track Qualifier

Ted Spread improving ahead of Fast-Track Qualifier   Ted Spread will be looking to build on a promising return to the Flat in the £25,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (4.35pm) over two miles at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 1, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino Marathon on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18.   The Suzy Smith-trained seven-year-old was beaten a neck into third by Arch Villain and Communicator (Andrew Balding/David Probert) in the 32Red Conditions Stakes over the same course…

Jonjo O’Neill Stable Visit

Jonjo O’Neill Stable Visit Jackdaws Castle, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire   27 February 2014 – The trainer welcomed the media to his sumptuous yard early on the morning of Thursday, February 27.   His main hope for The Festival is novice chaser Taquin Du Seuil who is heading for the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase (1.30pm) over two and a half miles on the third day, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 13.   Jonjo O’Neill said: “He will get a proper gallop in the JLT. Obviously, there…

The New One is the one for Nigel

Nigel Twiston-Davies Stable Visit Grange Hill Farm, Gloucestershire   THE NEW ONE IS THE ONE FOR NIGEL   Nigel Twiston-Davies showed off to the media his pride and joy, The New One, who led the string up the famous stiff Grange Hill Farm gallops this morning, Thursday, February 27.   The six-year-old, going for the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11, is the horse he would love to see winning at The Festival.   The…

Excellent sales and soft going ahead of The Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse staged a media day on Wednesday, February 26 when the latest news about The Festival, which starts on Tuesday, March 11, was announced.   The going is currently soft and Simon Claisse, Regional Head of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, sketched out the likely impact of the weather approaching The Festival which takes place on the Old Course for the first two days (March 11 & 12) and the New Course for the last two days (March 13 &…

The Prestbury Cup at The Festival

Challenge between Great Britain and Ireland given official title   The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse has seen great rivalry between the home team of British-trained runners and those crossing the Irish Sea for many years.   To celebrate this rivalry, the competition between the two countries has been christened The Prestbury Cup.   The Prestbury Cup runs from the first race of the four-day meeting, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, on Tuesday, March 11 until either country has 14 winners or more.   Last…

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