Weights unveiled for 11 Festival handicaps

Weights are unveiled today for the 11 handicaps at The Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13 inclusive. The top weights are as follows: Race (maximum number of runners) Horse (Rating) Age/Wgt Trainer Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (24) Black Thunder (155) 8-11-12 Paul Nicholls CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Nov Hcp Chs (20) Creepy (140) 7-11-10 Martin Keighley Killala Quay (140) 8-11-10 Charlie Longsdon Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (26) Kilcooley (161) 6-11-12 Charlie Longsdon Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (16) Roi Du…

Final Festival entries revealed

The final pieces of The Festival jigsaw fall into place today with the unveiling of the entries for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase. Taking place as the final race on Ladies Day, Wednesday, March, 11, the £60,000 Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper has attracted 46 entries, including 19 from Ireland. Willie Mullins, who has won the race a record eight times, accounts for seven entries including the ante-post favourite Bordini, who has been massively impressive in winning both his…

Nicholls More Selective This Year

Paul Nicholls, who has had a dream season so far and is going after his ninth trainers’ title, is very pleased with the condition of his horses ahead of The Festival where he is the second most successful trainer ever with 34 winners. Today, he paraded his main hopes for success over the four days at Cheltenham – Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13 – and spoke enthusiastically about their chances. Silviniaco Conti is out to make it third time lucky in the Betfred…

Hide hoping Uramazin can step up in Marathon qualifier at Lingfield Park on Saturday

Philip Hide is hoping Uramazin can step forward again in the £19,000 32Red Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 28. Run over just short of two miles, it is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Marathon on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. Uramazin has had two improved runs over the course and distance during the All-Weather Championships, most recently taking second behind Anglophile in a Fast-Track Qualifier on January 21. The nine-year-old had previously recorded a decisive half-length victory…

Henderson plans to have 30+ Festival runners

Monday, February 23, 2015 – Nicky Henderson today hosted a media visit at his Seven Barrows yard just to the north of Lambourn in Berkshire. The most successful trainer ever at The Festival, with 51 successes, talked of his hopes for the four-day Cheltenham meeting between Tuesday, March 10 and Friday, March 13. His highest-profile runner is superb two-mile chaser, Sprinter Sacre, who is continuing a comeback in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, March 11. Sprinter Sacre won the Grade One chase…

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