Best Mate Enclosure sold out on Gold Cup Day

  20th February 2014 – The Best Mate Enclosure is now sold out on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 14. The enclosure is on the far side of the racecourse from the main grandstands. There are two other enclosures, Tattersalls and Club, for which tickets still can be purchased.   Ticket sales for the other three days of The Festival are also looking good, with sales in hospitality boxes and restaurants particularly strong.   The Festival takes place from Tuesday, March 11 until Friday, March,…

Rivellino hoping to secure place on All-Weather Championships Finals Day

  Trainer Karl Burke is expecting a bold show from Rivellino in the £45,000 Listed Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Cleves Stakes (1.45pm) over six furlongs, one of two Fast-Track Qualifiers at Lingfield Park this Saturday, February 22.   The progressive four-year-old is coming into the race on the back of a neck success over Alben Star in a competitive handicap over the same course and distance on February 8. Danny Tudhope, in the saddle that day, takes the ride again.   Prior to that, he…

Festival handicap entries revealed

ch2014mg11final   20th February 2014 – A total of 1,038 entries, including 257 from Ireland, are revealed today for the 11 handicaps at The Festival, which takes place from Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14.   The £90,000 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase over an extended three miles is the opening handicap of The Festival on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11. Leading Crabbie’s Grand National contenders Teaforthree (Rebecca Curtis) and Triolo D’Alene (Nicky Henderson) are among the 98 entries, while 78 are engaged in the…

Mullins counts down to The Festival

    19th February 2014 – Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today paraded his strongest-ever Cheltenham Festival team at his Closutton Stables in County Carlow.   Mullins is likely to field over 40 runners over The Festival’s four days (Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14), including favourites for many of the meeting’s feature events.   But, although Hurricane Fly is on target to bid for a third Stan James Champion Hurdle, Mullins has still to decide whether he will be joined by stablemates…

Farraaj heads 37 entries for £100,000 coral.co.uk Winter Derby on March 22 at Lingfield Park

Farraaj features among 37 excellent entries for the £100,000 Group Three coral.co.uk Winter Derby over 10 furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 22, details of which are revealed today.   The five-year-old was third in the 2011 Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in America and, in one of his two races at three, took the Listed Churchill Stakes over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park.   He returned to the course and distance with a decisive half-length success overRobin Hoods Bay (Ed Vaughan) in…

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