JCB to sponsor the Triumph Hurdle for a further six years

 Construction and agricultural machinery manufacturer JCB has today announced that the company will sponsor the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse for a further six years.   The race, traditionally the first race on the final day of The Festival in March, has been won by many future champions. JCB has sponsored the race since 2002.   JCB will also continue with its sponsorship of the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trials as part of ‘The Road to Cheltenham’ series at The Open, International and Festival Trials Day…

Entries for Crabbie’s Topham Chase and Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase revealed

With the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival now just over two weeks away, entries are unveiled today for the races over the Grand National fences on the first two days – the £120,000 Crabbie’s Topham Chase (run on Ladies Day, Friday, April 4) and the £40,000 Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (run on Opening Day, Thursday, April 3).   Both famous contests are run over an extended two miles and five furlongs, taking in 17 of the famous Grand National fences.   The 70 entries for the…

Everyone eagerly-anticipating first £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National – news from today’s Northern Media Lunch at Aintree Racecourse

The Crabbie’s Grand National Northern Media Lunch was held at Aintree today, with the Grand National and Mildmay Courses looking in perfect condition ahead of the three-day Crabbie’s Grand National Festival which starts on Thursday, April 3.   Andrew Tulloch, Regional Head of Racing Jockey Club Racecourses North West, gave the ground on the Grand National Course as Good to Soft, Good in places, while the Mildmay Course is Good, Good to Soft in places.   He said: “We had a lot of frost and…

March heads Cowell trio in Hever Sprint

  Robert Cowell is expecting to saddle three runners in the £45,000 Listed bookmakers.co.uk Hever Sprint Stakes over five furlongs, one of three Fast-Track Qualifiers at Lingfield Park this Saturday, March 22.   March, a four-year-old daughter of Dutch Art, will be making her debut for Cowell, having previously been with Marco Botti. Her most recent victory came on her comeback in a Windsor handicap last term, but she ran some good races in defeat afterwards, including when an unlucky second to Morawij in a…

73 remain on Crabbie’s Grand National trail

  March 18, 2014 – There is just over a fortnight to go until the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National and the sense of anticipation rises today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the Aintree spectacular on Saturday, April 5. A total of 73 horses go forward for the world’s greatest chase, which takes place over 30 fences and four miles, three and a half furlongs. There were 57 horses left in at this stage last year.   The current 10/1 favourite with Betfred,…

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