The Festival is almost here…

he moment every Jump racing enthusiast eagerly anticipates is now less than a week away – the start of The Festival 2014. Racing commences at 1.30pm on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11 and continues on Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 12, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 13, before climaxing on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 14. Cheltenham in March is the focal point for all those interested in the very finest Jump racing and more than 200,000 racegoers will attend The Festival, while millions more in Britain,…

Fashion Line out to extend winning sequence in Lincoln Trial

Fashion Line is chasing a course and distance hat-trick in the £50,000 Ladbrokes Lincoln Trial Handicap (2.55pm) over an extended mile at Wolverhampton on Saturday, March 8.   The Cape Cross filly finished second on her first two outings at Newmarket and Carlisle in June, 2013, but returned from a break with a decisive two and three-quarter length success in a Wolverhampton maiden on January 24.   The four-year-old, who is trained by Michael Bell in Newmarket, dead-heated with Sky Khan (Richard Guest) on her…

Australia heads Investec Derby contenders

March 6, 2014 – The 2014 Investec Derby has 118 entries going forward after this week’s first scratchings’ stage for the premier British Classic, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 7. Aidan O’Brien, responsible for the last two Investec Derby winners (2012 Camelot and 2013 Ruler Of The World), has 29 entries for Britain’s richest prize worth £1.325 million, many more than any other handler. Ireland’s champion trainer wants to add to his total of four successes in the Classic over 12 furlongs and…

Grand National Schooling Fences Ready Soon

  The special Grand National schooling fences, located at four venues around Britain and Ireland, will be positioned and dressed with fresh spruce by Monday, March 17 at the latest.   The fences are there for any trainer to use and school horses who are likely runners in the Crabbie’s Grand National (April 5), Crabbie’s Topham Chase (April 4) and Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (April 3) at Aintree.   The preparation work on the schooling fences, by Aintree groundsmen, will take place on Monday, March…

Captain Cee Bee supplemented for Stan James Champion Hurdle

3.20pm, £418,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle (Grade One), 2m 110y   5th March 2014 – A field of 12 goes forward for the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the highlight on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11, after Captain Cee Bee was today supplemented at a cost of £20,000.   The evergreen 13-year-old, a 200/1 chance with Stan James, has run some of his finest races at The Festival, beating Binocular to land the 2008 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and…

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