16 go in Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree tomorrow

Friday, December 5, 2014 – The Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (3.15pm), staged over an extended two miles and five furlongs of the Grand National course, has attracted 16 runners for its 2014 renewal which takes place at Aintree tomorrow, Saturday, December 6. The £70,000 Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase is one of two races over the Grand National fences tomorrow, alongside the feature £140,000 Grade Three Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm), which yesterday attracted a record 25 declared runners. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is…

Heathcote delighted as Buffering settles in at Sha Tin

Buffering undertook light exercise at Sha Tin racecourse this morning (Friday, 5 December) and trainer Robert Heathcote was on hand to oversee his stable star, who will line up in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday, 14 December. The Mossman gelding had a light canter on the dirt track and Heathcote reported that the four-time G1 winner is in fine order after arriving in Hong Kong on Tuesday along with the David Hayes-trained Criterion. “Everything’s very good,” said Queensland’s champion trainer. “It was…

Appleby bids for more Fast-Track success with Portamento at Wolverhampton on Saturday

Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby is aiming for a third Fast-Track Qualifier success of this season’s All-Weather Championships with Portamento lining up in the £20 Risk-Free Bet At Unibet Conditions Stakes (6.45pm) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 6. The five-furlong Tapeta contest is the first Fast-Track Qualifier for the new Three-Year-Old Sprint category with the winner automatically gaining a place in the £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Championships Three-Year-Old Sprint Final over the same distance at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. Portamento is enjoying a…

Record field of 25 for Betfred Becher Chase

Thursday, December 4, 2014 –The Betfred Becher Chase has attracted its biggest ever field since its inception in 1992, with 25 horses set to face the starter at 1.30pm on Saturday, December 6 (the previous record was 22 in 2013). The £140,000 Grade Three contest takes places over three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course, with 22 of the famous fences jumped. There are four 10/1 co-favourites with the sponsor Betfred, who are offering a quarter the odds on the first FIVE…

12 riders announced for 2015 St Patrick’s Derby at The Festival

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – The dozen lucky riders selected to ride in the 2015 St Patrick’s Derby charity race at The Festival are revealed today. The charity Flat race, being run for the sixth time, is staged as the final contest on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 12, 2015. There was tremendous interest in taking part, with the number of applications significantly up for the contest over a mile and five furlongs on the flat. The charity event was…

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