High-class performers on show at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

The year 2015 begins on a bright note at Cheltenham Racecourse tomorrow with a tremendous seven-race programme at the Home of Jump Racing. Caid Du Berlais (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies) landed the Paddy Power Gold Cup during The Open at Cheltenham on November 15 and tops the 13 declared runners for the richest race of the day, the £50,000 Grade Three BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (1.55pm) over two miles and five furlongs. The champion trainer is also set to be represented by top-weight…

Eight line up in Fast-Track Qualifier on New Year’s Day at Southwell

Southwell will play host to its first Fast-Track Qualifier on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015 when the Nottinghamshire venue stages the £21,000 Daily Price Boosts At Unibet Conditions Stakes (2.40pm). The winner of the five-furlong Fibresand contest will gain an automatic place in the £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Sprint Championships (for four-year-olds and upwards) over six furlongs at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 3. A field of eight is set to go to post headed by Dungannon (Andrew Balding/Thomas Brown), who won a…

Cheltenham welcomes in 2015 with terrific New Year’s Day fixture

Cheltenham is set to welcome in 2015 with a cracking seven-race card on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1. A fascinating contest is in prospect for the £32,000 Grade Two BetBright Novices’ Chase (1.20pm) over two miles and five furlongs. The 12 excellent entries include Champagne West (Philip Hobbs), who has won twice over fences at Cheltenham this season, scoring at both The Open and The International. Ptit Zig (Paul Nicholls) is unbeaten in three starts over fences including a Grade Two contest at Ascot…

2015 National Hunt Chase to be run in honour of Toby Balding

Cheltenham Racecourse announces today that the 2015 National Hunt Chase will be run in honour of the late Toby Balding OBE. The four-mile contest for novice chasers takes place on the first day of The Festival, Tuesday, March 10, Champion Day. Toby Balding died on September 25 at the age of 78 and his memorial service was held at Marlborough College on Monday, December 15. He trained over 2,000 winners over Jumps and on the Flat during the course of his career and was especially…

French Fast-Track Qualifier Winner Fresles On Target For Good Friday

The first French Fast-Track Qualifier for the All-Weather Championships, staged at Deauville today, Sunday, December 28, delivered a thrilling finish, with the Pia Brandt-trained Fresles, with Alexis Badel up, holding off the strong challenge of Caointiorn by a nose. The 52,000 euros Prix Miss Satamixa, run over seven and a half furlongs on Polytrack, gave a guaranteed place to three-year-old Royal Applause filly Fresles in the £150,000 32Red.com Fillies & Mares Championship over seven furlongs on Good Friday, April 3, at Lingfield Park. Plaisanciere was…

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