Entries for two feature races at The Open close tomorrow

October 27, 2014 – Connections are reminded that the two feature contests at The Open next month – the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup and the £100,000 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle – close for entries tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28. The Paddy Power Gold Cup takes place over an extended two and a half miles on day two of The Open, Saturday, November 15, with the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle run over an extended two miles on the third and final day, Sunday, November 16. Both contests are…

Cheltenham remembers Michael Scudamore and Brian Kilpatrick at The Open next month

Friday, October 24, 2014 – Cheltenham is to honour two great supporters of Jump Racing at The Open next month. The late jockey and trainer Michael Scudamore is remembered with the £20,000 Michael Scudamore Intermediate Handicap Hurdle on Friday, November 14, while the late Brian Kilpatrick, a leading owner for over 30 years, is honoured with the £12,000 Brian Kilpatrick Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, the opening race on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 16.   Michael Scudamore, who died aged…

Wetherby’s feature favoured for First Lieutenant

Irish handler Mouse Morris is eyeing the Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase for his three-time Grade One-winning stable star First Lieutenant.   The £100,000 contest over three miles and a furlong is the highlight of Wetherby’s two-day bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting on Saturday, November 1.   First Lieutenant scored twice at the highest level over hurdles, notably in the 2011 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and has been a regular in the top Irish and British staying chases over the…

Guy Henderson appointed Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse today announces that Guy Henderson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive effective January 2015, succeeding Charles Barnett, who is retiring.   Guy Henderson (56) was, for over 30 years (1980 – 2012), an international business lawyer and equity partner with the global law firm Allen & Overy. Leading its UK and Asian commercial conflict resolution divisions, he worked with corporations, financial institutions, regulators, government agencies and individuals around the globe.   Currently Chairman of Wincanton Racecourse, where he has been on the Board since 2010, Henderson has…

Thrilling second All-Weather Championships commences on October 30‏

  A new category – Three-Year-Old Sprint – has been added to the exciting second All-Weather Championships season which starts at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 30 – the 25th anniversary of the first All-Weather Racing in Great Britain.   Three-Year-Old Sprint becomes the seventh of the All-Weather Championships categories, joining Three-Year-Old, Sprint, Mile, Marathon, Fillies & Mares, and Middle Distance.   Jim Allen, Arena Racing Company Director of Racing, commented: “The creation of the new Three-Year-Old Sprint category arose out of consultation with horsemen…

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