Primrose blossoming ahead of Good Friday

Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan is hoping Primrose Valley can crown a memorable winter campaign in the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint over five furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. The daughter of Pastoral Pursuits has won all four of her starts during this season’s championships and was last seen out when getting up in the dying strides to deny Harry Hurricane (George Baker) by a neck in a five-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on March 14. Primrose Valley followed…

Captain primed for Ladbrokes Mile

Irish handler Tracey Collins has Captain Joy exactly where she wants him a week ahead of the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. The six-year-old is 6/1 third favourite with the sponsor and is coming in on the back of an odds-on second, beaten a half-length, to Paene Magnus in a Fast-Track Qualifier at Dundalk, Ireland, on March 6. Captain Joy had previously reeled off a hat-trick of wins on the All-Weather, annexing a pair of…

Curtain comes down on Newbury’s Jump season with tomorrow’s Sri Lankan Raceday

The inaugural Sri Lankan Raceday brings the curtain down on another top-class season of Jump racing at Newbury on Thursday, March 26. Highlights on the track in 2014/15 include the three-day bet365 Hennessy Festival in November and Betfair Super Saturday in February, which both provided key pointers to the Cheltenham Festival. The feature Hennessy Gold Cup saw Many Clouds register an emotional success for Lambourn trainer Oliver Sherwood and Grand National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell. Sherwood has endured a turbulent period since capturing his first Hennessy…

Entries unveiled for Crabbie’s Topham Chase and Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Entries are revealed today for the races over the Grand National fences on the first two days of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival – the £40,000 Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (4.05pm, Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 9) and the £120,000 Grade Three Crabbie’s Topham Chase (4.05pm, Ladies Day, Friday April 10). Both contests take place over an extended two miles and five furlongs. There are 67 entries for the Crabbie’s Topham Chase with last year’s winning trainer Nicky Henderson responsible…

74 go forward for the 2015 Crabbies’ Grand National

There are 74 horses going forward for the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree following today’s scratchings’ stage. Last year 73 went forward at this stage and 57 in 2013. A maximum of 40 runners can line up for the 168th running of the world’s most famous jump race at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 11. One of the main talking points this year is the participation of A P McCoy for the final time in the Crabbie’s Grand National, which he won on Don’t Push…

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