Bailey hoping to double up at Lingfield Park tomorrow

Trainer Alan Bailey is represented in two of the feature races at Lingfield Park tomorrow, Saturday, February 21. The Newmarket handler has Go Far in the £45,000 Listed Unibet Cleves Stakes (1.45pm) over six furlongs, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Unibet Sprint Championships over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. Go Far was returning from a three-month break when flashing home to take fourth, beaten less than a length, behind stablemate Baddilini in the six-furlong Unibet…

Jessica Harrington talks about her prospects at The Festival

Jessica Harrington believes Faugheen is the one to beat as her stable star Jezki builds up for the defence of his Stan James Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10. Jezki is yet to win in three starts this winter and has seen the tail end of Hurricane Fly on each occasion. The seven-year-old was fancied to reverse the form in the Irish Champion Hurdle (January 25) after running Hurricane Fly to a half-length over…

Festival handicap entries revealed

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 1,023 entries, including 302 from Ireland, have been received for the 11 handicaps at The Festival, which takes place from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13. The £90,000 Grade Three Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (2.40pm) on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10, has 89 entries including the current ante-post favourite for this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National Shutthefrontdoor (Jonjo O’Neill). Champion Day also features the Listed Cheltenham Club Novices’ Handicap Chase (5.15pm), which has attracted 65 entries including Generous Ransom…

Willie Mullins talks discusses his hopes for The Festival

Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival. Mullins has been the leading trainer at The Festival in three of the last four years and has registered 33 winners, the highest total ever by an Irish-based trainer. “This is definitely our strongest team going to Cheltenham, both in terms of numbers and quality,” said the trainer. “The last couple of years we have had about 40…

Alben Star ready for All-Weather return on Saturday

All-Weather champion Alben Star is set to return in the £45,000 Listed Unibet Cleves Stakes (1.45pm) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 21. The six-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the Unibet All-Weather Sprint Championships over the course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. Alben Star defied a starting price of 25/1 to land the £150,000 prize on Good Friday last year and proved it was no fluke with a series of good efforts on turf subsequently. The Richard…

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