Improving Shyron on target for valuable Lingfield Park race on February 21

Newmarket trainer George Margarson is preparing the progressive Shyron for the £45,000 Ladbrokes Handicap over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on February 21, ahead of a potential tilt at All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. The four-year-old son of Byron has won on three of his four starts during the current All-Weather Championships, most recently producing a devastating turn of foot under Martin Lane to annex a £45,000 handicap over the same course and distance by a length on January 23….

Key contenders go forward for Championship races at The Festival

The Festival is rapidly approaching, with just less than a month to go until the tapes go up at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 10. The countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the acceptors for the five main Grade One championship contests – the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, the Ryanair Chase and the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, plus the newly-promoted OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. The £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the first…

Tizzard hoping Theatre Guide’s stamina can be utilised in Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday when free admission offered

Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard believes Theatre Guide will not be out of place when he lines up in the £150,000 Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase over an extended two miles and five furlongs on Saturday, February 14. The eight-year-old was third in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November, 2013 and second to Monbeg Dude in a Grade Three handicap chase at Cheltenham the following month, but has only had two starts since then. Theatre Guide returned from an 11-month absence when dead-heating with…

Ma Filleule aiming for Saturday’s Betfair Ascot Chase

The £150,000 Betfair Ascot Chase (3.50pm) has received seven entries for the 2015 renewal which takes place at Ascot on Saturday, February 14. The Grade One race takes place over an extended two miles and five furlongs. Heading the market at 9/4 with Betfair is Balder Succes, trained by Alan King. The seven-year-old was a Grade One winner at Aintree in April and scored by 10 lengths last time out in a Listed contest over an extended two and a half miles at Kempton Park…

Ptit Zig set for Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday when Ascot offers racegoers free admission

Champion jump trainer Paul Nicholls is still likely to be represented in the £150,000 Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, February 14. The Somerset handler has entered exciting novice Ptit Zig, who is unbeaten in four starts over fences this season, after Al Ferof was ruled out with a partially entrapped epiglottis. Ptit Zig captured a pair of minor events at Exeter and Warwick before an impressive nine-length victory from Josses Hill in the Grade Two Mitie Novices’ Chase over two miles and three…

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