Culloty hoping return to Cheltenham will see Windermere make waves as 17 chase glory in richest-ever Gold Cup

    3.20pm £574,760 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade One) 3m 2½f March 8, 2014 – The final pieces of the jigsaw ahead of The Festival fall into place today with the unveiling of the six-day acceptors for the fourth and final day of the meeting, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 14.   A total of 17 contenders are chasing glory in the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20pm), which now has a record total prize fund of £574,760 following Willie Mullins’ decision to…

Chookie Royale after Good Friday glory at Lingfield Park

2.20pm £50,000 Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes – Fast-Track Qualifier, 7f 32y Polytrack   Chookie Royale, trained by Keith Dalgleish, was the decisive winner of the 12th Fast-Track Qualifier of the All-Weather Championships, winning the 10-runner £50,000 Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes by three and a quarter lengths under Tom Eaves.   Always prominent in the seven-furlong race, Chookie Royale, the 4/1 favourite, led over two furlongs out and was never challenged after going clear in the straight to beat Hasopop (9/2) in 1m 27.48s….

Hidden Cyclone pleasing Hanlon ahead of Ryanair Chase

  2.40pm £275,000 Ryanair Chase (Grade One) 2m 5f March 7, 2014 – Benefficient (Tony Martin) and Dynaste (David Pipe) headline 21 six-day confirmations for the £275,000 Ryanair Chase over two miles and five furlongs, one of the highlights on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 13.   They finished first and second in last season’s JLT Novices’ Chase and have both made a successful transition to open company, with Benefficient capturing the Grade One Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas…

29 go forward for Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday – Williams hoping sun keeps shining for Ballyalton

The £120,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle is now less than a week away and 29 contenders go forward at the six-day confirmation stage for the Grade One contest, which takes place at 1.30pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday, March 12. It is staged over two miles and five furlongs.   Neptune Investment Management has sponsored seven races on the Road to Cheltenham and the winners of five of those contests could take their chance at Cheltenham on Wednesday. They are Creepy…

Somersby set for BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase

    3.20pm £350,000 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade One), 2m   March 6th, 2014 – Sire De Grugy headlines 12 six-day confirmations for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the highlight on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 12.   The Gary Moore-trained eight-year-old is the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor after winning four of his five starts this season, with Grade One successes coming in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January and the BetVictor…

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