Walsh pleased with Hurricane Fly ahead of Stan James Champion Hurdle

  Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey of all time at The Festival with 38 winners. Additionally, he has claimed the Boodles Leading Jockey Award at seven of the last 10 Festivals and heads into this year’s four-day extravaganza with arguably his strongest ever book of rides. It all kicks of tomorrow with Vautour in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Champagne Fever in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase, but his big ride on Champion Day is indeed the champion Hurricane Fly,…

Sire De Grugy headlines 11 for BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase – Conditions expected to suit Baily Green

Sire De Grugy (Jamie Moore) will face 10 rivals for the £350,000 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 12. The eight-year-old is the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor after a fruitful campaign that has yielded four wins from five starts, including two at the highest level. Gary Moore’s stable star captured the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park in December and the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 18, but suffered his…

Mullins and de Bromhead reflect on the eve of the 2014 Festival

  Willie Mullins goes into The Festival this year with an enviable team of runners and Ireland’s champion Jump trainer is the 4/9 favourite with BetVictor to take The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award over the four days of the meeting.   During tomorrow’s opening Champion Day, Mullins is set to saddle the 11/4 joint-favourite (with the sponsors) Hurricane Fly for the feature Stan James Champion Hurdle as well as Vautour, Valseur Lido and Wicklow Brave in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champagne Fever…

Newland excited by prospect of first Crabbie’s Grand National runner

  March 9, 2014 – Dr Richard Newland is looking forward to saddling his first runner in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National, with Pineau De Re being prepared for a tilt at the Aintree spectacular on Saturday, April 5.   The 11-year-old used to be trained in Ireland and joined Newland following an impressive 23-length success in the three and a half mile Ulster National at Downpatrick in April, 2013.   It took Pineau De Re nine attempts to get off the mark for his…

Cheltenham Going News

The going at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of The Festival, which starts with Champion Day on Tuesday, March 11, remains Good to Soft.   The Old Course at Cheltenham is used for the first two days of The Festival, March 11 & 12, with the racing switching to the New Course on March 13 & 14.   Simon Claisse, Regional Director of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, said today: “Both hurdle tracks and both chase tracks are Good to Soft.   “I…

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