Weights for the 11 handicaps at The Festival unveiled

 The Festival kicks off in less than a fortnight and today the countdown continues with the unveiling of the weights for the 11 handicaps run over the four days (Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14).   Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11, features two handicaps – the Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase and the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase. Triolo D’Alene (Nicky Henderson) and Houblon Des Obeaux (Venetia Williams), who both still hold entries in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, share top-weight of 11st…

Final entries complete Festival Picture

 Entries are revealed today for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, Weatherbys Champion Bumper and CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup meaning that the horses engaged in all 27 Festival contests are now in the public domain.   All eyes will be on the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega, who is one of 24 entries in the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11. The 10-year-old will bid to make history by bidding to win the race for a sixth consecutive year. No horse has won…

Home Farm among 100 acceptors for Crabbie’s Grand National

  Home Farm’s participation in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National hinges on his performance in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown this coming Sunday, March 2.   Arthur Moore’s charge is among 100 horses going forward for the Aintree showpiece, run on Saturday, April 5, following yesterday’s scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.   He emerged as a contender for the Crabbie’s Grand National following a third in last season’s Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse and has shaped encouragingly in two starts this…

Nicky Henderson stable visit

Nicky Henderson stable visit Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Berkshire STILL CHEERFUL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FESTIVAL Nicky Henderson hosted today a Cheltenham Racecourse-organised media stable visit at Seven Barrows.   He showed off his main hopes and said he could have up to 35 runners over the four days of The Festival, Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14 inclusive, at Cheltenham.   He said: “My situation is not as gloomy as some people have made out – we are only one winner behind last…

Litigant poised for All-Weather Championships return

Litigant could return from a short break for 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 over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18. The lightly-raced six-year-old has created a good impression in two starts for Seamus Durack, finishing second over 11 furlongs at Kempton Park in November before scoring easily over 14 furlongs in a Class 2 contest at Wolverhampton…

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