Later closing date for the Investec Oaks

Trainers and owners will have six weeks longer to decide on Investec Oaks entries this year, with the fillies’ Classic closing at noon on Tuesday, April 14, rather than in early March. The Investec Coronation Cup for older horses will also close on the same day, which is a week later than in previous years. Explaining the changes, Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing at Epsom Downs, said: “We have felt for some time that the first week of March is early enough in this day…

Eight entries for £100,000 BetBright Cup Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham

A total of eight entries have been received for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Cup Chase. Staged over an extended three miles and a furlong, the BetBright Cup Chase (1.50pm) is the highlight of the seven-race programme at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 24. The Giant Bolster (David Bridgwater) won the contest in 2014 prior to finishing third in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival. The 10-year-old has made two appearances so far this year, most recently taking fifth in the…

Festival Trials Day Media Guide

trials_day_2015_mg_final_190115 INTRODUCTION Festival Trials Day on Saturday, January 24, 2015, sees seven excellent races staged at the Home of Jump Racing. This media guide contains previous results for all races on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham, dating back to at least 1990 or when they were instituted. Underneath each race result is a list of horses who went on to win at The Festival in the same season. Lac Fontana accomplished this in 2014. There are also detailed statistics for the feature £100,000 Grade Two…

Easter Day heads 22 confirmations for Sky Bet Chase with Night In Milan given Doncaster go-ahead

Exciting second-season chaser Easter Day (11st) features among 22 five-day confirmations for the Listed £75,000 Sky Bet Chase (3.15pm), highlight of a superb day’s racing on day two of Doncaster’s Sky Bet Chase meeting on Saturday, January 24. The Paul Nicholls-trained chaser, 7/1 favourite for the three-mile handicap chase with Sky Bet, beat subsequent RSA Chase victor O’Faolains Boy in a graduation chase at Ascot in December, 2013, before colic curtailed his campaign. Following a year on the sidelines, the seven-year-old returned with a creditable…

Cheltenham’s Cleeve Hurdle under consideration for Blaklion

Exciting novice Blaklion could step back up to three miles for the £60,000 Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm, 12 entries) at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 24. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained six-year-old was the impressive 11-length winner of the Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle when tackling three miles for the first time at Cheltenham during The International on December 13. He was last seen out when beaten a length and a half into third by Parlour Games in the Grade One Challow…

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