Latest acceptors for novices’ contests at The Festival unveiled

ch2014mg10final   19th February 2014 – With just under three weeks to go until The Festival 2014 gets underway, the latest entries for the three Grade One novices’ chases, the four Grade One novices’ hurdles plus the Listed Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase are unveiled today.   There will be a tremendous roar from the crowd when the tapes go up for the opening £120,000 Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11. The 60 remaining entries for the extended…

Record-breaking Oldroyd stars set for Lingfield Park on Saturday

Geoff Oldroyd will launch a two-pronged assault on Lingfield Park’s valuable fixture this Saturday, February 22, which offers two Listed Fast-Track Qualifiers and £173,500 in prize money.   Yorkshire-based Oldroyd will saddle his stable star Ladies Are Forever in the £45,000 Listed Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Cleves Stakes (4.00pm, 16 entries) over six furlongs, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint on Good Friday, April 18. The six-year-old mare captured last year’s renewal by a length and then set a new five-furlong course…

Leading Jockey Award at The Festival to be sponsored by British Jewellers Boodles

  February 18th 2014 – This year’s Leading Jockey Award at The Festival will be sponsored by the London jeweller Boodles. The award, which recognises the jockey with the most wins across the four days of The Festival, will be presented during the meeting, once the winner of the award is so far ahead that they cannot be overtaken.   Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of the British family-owned fine jeweller, commented: “Boodles are delighted to be involved with The Festival for the first time.  …

Ponsonby confident ahead of Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle

First Mohican will put his Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle credentials on the line in the £27,500 Grade Two Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (3.15pm, 11 entries) over two miles at Kempton Park on Saturday, February 22. Sky Bet makes him the 6/4 favourite for Saturday’s contest.   The six-year-old was a classy middle-distance performer on the Flat for Sir Henry and Lady Cecil (rated as high as 108 and Group Three-placed) and made a successful hurdling debut for Alan King at Doncaster on February…

National Hunt Chase to be run in honour of Terry Biddlecombe

Cheltenham Racecourse announces today that this year’s National Hunt Chase will be run in honour of the late Terry Biddlecombe. The four-mile contest takes place on Champion Day at The Festival, Tuesday, March 11.   Terry Biddlecombe died on January 5 this year at the age of 72. Gloucester-born Biddlecombe had a huge impact on Jump racing both as a leading jockey in the 1960s and 1970s and latterly working in partnership with his wife, the trainer Henrietta Knight. His memorial takes place today at…

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