Marzocco digs deep at Chelmsford City to qualify for Good Friday

Marzocco (John Gosden/Robert Havlin) became Godolphin’s third qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park, Good Friday, April 3, when securing a hard-fought victory in the totepool Conditions Stakes over two miles on Polytrack at Chelmsford City on Thursday, March 12. The four-year-old Marzocco, who finished fifth in the 2014 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, returned the 4/9 favourite and was running for the first time since being gelded. John Reel (David Evans/John Egan,…

All the news from St Patrick’s Thursday at The Festival

THE FESTIVAL 2015, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Early Going News The going for day three of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, is: Good, Good to Soft in places Racing takes place for the first time this week on the New Course. Conditions are forecast to be mostly dry until late afternoon. Non-Runners 1.30pm JLT Novices’ Chase 7 THE TULLOW TANK (IRE) (Vets Cert (Infection)) 2.05pm Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle 4 CLOSING CEREMONY (IRE) (Going) 4.00pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle…

All the news from Ladies Day at The Festival

THE FESTIVAL 2015, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE LADIES DAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 DECLARED RUNNERS FOR ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 1.30pm G1 JLT Novices’ Chase (9), 2m 4f 1 Apache Stronghold (IRE) Noel Meade, Ireland 11st 4lb Paul Carberry 2 Colour Squadron (IRE) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Philip Hobbs 11st 4lb A. P. McCoy 3 Irish Saint (FR) (Tongue Strap) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Noel Fehily 4 Ptit Zig (FR) Paul Nicholls 11st 4lb Sam Twiston-Davies 5 Splash of Ginge Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st…

Green Door aiming to shake up Unibet Hever Sprint Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday

Trainer Olly Stevens is looking forward to seeing Green Door make his first start of 2015 in the £45,000 Listed Unibet Hever Sprint Stakes (3.40pm) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 14. The five-furlong Polytrack contest is the final Fast-Track Qualifier in the sprint category of the All-Weather Championships, with the winner gaining an automatic place in the £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Sprint on Good Friday, April 3. Four-year-old Green Door scored on his only previous appearance over the same course and distance in a novices’…

All the news from Champion Day at The Festival

THE FESTIVAL 2015, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE CHAMPIONS DAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 10 GROUND REMAINS THE SAME Today’s going at Cheltenham remains Good to Soft, Good in places on the Old Course which is used today and tomorrow. It was dry overnight and a dry and sunny day is forecast. Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham, said this morning: “It is like being in a sweetie shop, the plethora and quality of horses we have over four days. “The Irish challenge is immensely important…

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