No Buts on the upgrade ahead of Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on Saturday

– Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Caid Du Berlais headlines 16 confirmations for the £100,000 Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (2.00pm), one of the highlights at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 13. The five-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, was given an inspired ride by Sam Twiston-Davies when denying Johns Spirit by a head in the showpiece event of The Open at Cheltenham on November 15. Another horse coming in on the back of a big success is the David…

Hong Kong trio take on world’s best at LONGINES IJC

Hong Kong’s three representatives in Wednesday’s LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley were on hand, this morning at Sha Tin, for the allocation of mounts in the four championship races and came away with mixed fortunes. Zac Purton, reigning HK champion jockey and runner-up in the past two IJC series, is hoping that drawing Win It – in the first championship race – will be a positive omen while this season’s premiership leader Joao Moreira and young gun Vincent Ho studied the draw intently…

National experience counts in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree

Two Grand National stalwarts, amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen and Oscar Time, combined to win the £140,000 Betfred Becher Chase in good style at Aintree on Saturday, December 6. A record field of 25 lined up for the Grade Three handicap chase over three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course and 22 of the famous fences, with 13-year-old Oscar Time, second in the Crabbie’s Grand National in 2011 and fourth in 2013, taking the lead from the gambled-on 8/1 favourite Our Father at…

Shu Aiming For Another Big Cheltenham Run On Day One Of The International

Irish handler Peter Maher is looking forward to seeing his stable star Big Shu return to Cheltenham for the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2.40pm), one of the feature races on day one of The International, Friday, December 12. The nine-year-old provided the County Kildare handler with his biggest victory to date with victory in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, run over the same three miles and seven furlongs of Cheltenham’s Cross Country Course, at The Festival in March, 2013. Big Shu was…

A familiar fresh approach as Glorious Days trials ahead of Mile test

Glorious Days won the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile at his first start last season and trainer John Size is sticking to the tried and tested route going into this year’s renewal on Sunday, 14 December. Just like 12 months ago, Glorious Days has been kept fresh for the big day with Size using two dirt track barrier trials in the lead-up to sharpen the Hussonet gelding. The second of those came this morning (Friday, 5 December) in an eight-horse heat over 1,200m. As he…

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