29 go forward in Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Bailey hoping outsider Un Ace can build on impressive hurdling debut

There is under a week to go until the tapes go up for the £120,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the sense of anticipation intensifies today with the publication of the six-day acceptors.   The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade One event and takes place over an extended two miles. It is the first race of The Festival at Cheltenham, due off at 1.30pm next Tuesday, March 11.   Heading the market at 5/2 with Sky Bet is Irving (Paul Nicholls)….

Farraaj bidding for coral.co.uk Winter Derby repeat

Last year’s winner Farraaj (8/1 with the sponsor) is among 31 horses going forward for the £100,000 Group Three coral.co.uk Winter Derby over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 22 after yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline, details of which are revealed today.   Roger Varian’s charge held off Robin Hoods Bay (14/1, Ed Vaughan) by a half-length to gain the honours last year, but has had only had two starts since. The five-year-old was beaten into fifth when favourite for the Group Two Sandown Mile…

Lieutenant Colonel on course for Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

  This season’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle series concludes at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, March 12, with the £120,000 Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. The two mile and five furlong contest, the first race on The Festival’s second day at 1.30pm, is televised live on Channel 4, Racing UK and Turf TV. Irish trainer Dessie Hughes has a great affinity with the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. The Co Kildare handler sent out subsequent dual Champion Hurdle hero Hardy Eustace to…

Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer hoping for a Hong Kong Derby triumph

Trainer Pat Flynn is best known for the Cheltenham Festival triumphs of Montelado and French Ballerina, but the Irish handler is bypassing the Cotswolds this year. Instead, he is heading to Hong Kong to see his former protégé Designs On Rome contest a hot renewal of the BMW Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, March 16, a race in which the gelding will face imposing rival and stablemate Able Friend. Both horses are being lauded as international G1 calibre. When Designs On…

Litigant squeezes through for Fast-Track Qualifier success & now on target for Good Friday

All-Weather Championships Report    Lingfield Park, Saturday, March 1, 2014 4.35pm £25,000 32Red Conditions Stakes – Fast-Track Qualifier, 2m, Polytrack Litigant was short of room before finding a late run to lead close home in the £25,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (4.35pm) over two miles at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 1, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino Marathon on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18. The improving and lightly-raced six-year-old, held up in mid-division by George Baker, could not get a break…

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