Theatre Guide goes on trial in tomorrow’s BetBright Cup at Cheltenham

Friday, January 23, 2015 – A field of six is set to face the starter for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Cup Chase (1.50pm), the highlight on a high-quality seven-race card at Cheltenham tomorrow, Festival Trials Day, January 24. Ryanair Chase victor Dynaste (David Pipe/Tom Scudamore) is the 9/4 market leader with the sponsor on the back of an excellent second to Silviniaco Conti in the Grade One King George VI Chase over three miles at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. The nine-year-old is tackling…

Entries unveiled for four novices’ chases at The Festival

ch2015mg5final Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Entries are unveiled today for the three Grade One novices’ chase at The Festival – the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10), the RSA Chase (Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 11) and the JLT Novices’ Chase (St Patrick’s Thursday, March 12). In addition, entries are also announced for the longest race at The Festival, the four-mile Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase (Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10) for amateur riders. Un De Sceaux (Willie Mullins)…

Williams hoping for Cheltenham Tour on Festival Trials Day

Williams hoping for Cheltenham Tour on Festival Trials Day Thursday, 22 January, 2015 – Evan Williams is hoping to run On Tour in the £30,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm) at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, this Saturday, January 24. The progressive seven-year-old is going for a four-timer after a decisive victory in a competitive two and a half mile handicap hurdle on soft going at Haydock Park’s Betfair Chase Festival on November 22. Prior to that, On Tour had annexed another…

Keighley delighted with Annacotty ahead of Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday

Local trainer Martin Keighley is confident Annacotty can bounce back to his best in the £50,000 Grade Three Freebets.com Trophy Chase (2.25pm, 16 entries) at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 24. The seven-year-old gave Keighley the biggest success of his career when making all for a 10-length victory in the three-mile Grade One Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park in December, 2013. Annacotty followed that up with a second to Indian Castle in the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day last…

Calipto remains in Betfair Hurdle as 46 go forward for Britain’s richest handicap hurdle

Ante-post favourite Calipto, a 5/1 chance with Betfair Sportsbook, headlines 46 confirmations, revealed today, for the £155,000 Grade Three Betfair Hurdle over an extended two miles at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, February 7. The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old could emulate the champion trainer’s Zarkandar, who successfully defied an absence when capturing the 2012 Betfair Hurdle. Calipto has not been seen on a racecourse since finishing second to Tiger Roll in an intermediate hurdle at Cheltenham in October. Activial (Harry Fry) is next best in the…

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