Marzocco heads five seeking Fast-Track Qualifier success at Chelmsford City on Thursday

Ladbrokes St Leger fifth Marzocco (John Gosden/Robert Havlin) features among a field of five for the £19,000 Walcott Conditions Stakes (7.10pm) at Chelmsford City on Thursday, March 12. The two-mile Polytrack contest is the final Fast-Track Qualifier in the stayers’ category of this season’s All-Weather Championships, with the winner guaranteed a free place in the £150,000 32Red Casino Marathon over the same distance at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 3. Marzocco made a winning debut on Polytrack at Kempton Park in 2013, and ran…

Eve of The Festival – latest going update, news & statistical information

Going news ahead of The Festival Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, walked the course this afternoon ahead of the opening day of The Festival and gave an update shortly afterwards. The going on the Old (used on Tuesday and Wednesday) and New (used on Thursday and Friday) Courses at 4.30pm is: Chase and Hurdle Courses – Good to Soft, Good in places Cross Country Course – Good, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Good in places) “It’s probably dried out…

Four All-Weather Championships Finals Day places up for grabs on super Saturday

Lingfield Park and Wolverhampton play host to four Fast-Track Qualifiers this Saturday, March 14, offering horses a final chance to automatically gain a place for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 3. A superb seven-race card on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park includes the 10-furlong £100,000 Group Three Coral.co.uk Winter Derby (3.05pm, 18 confirmations), with the winner receiving a berth in the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday. Grendisar (Marco Botti) is 4/1…

Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy top 11 for Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy head 11 declarations for the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight on day two of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 11. Sprinter Sacre (Nicky Henderson/Barry Geraghty) was a breathtaking 19-length winner of the two-mile championship in 2013, but was unable to defend his crown last year due to recovery from a heart problem. The nine-year-old is the 3/1 favourite with the sponsor after chasing home Dodging Bullets (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies) on his comeback in the Grade…

Eight declared runners for Stan James Champion Hurdle on Tuesday when The Festival starts at Cheltenham

The two Grade Ones on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, with eight runners, and the OLBG Mares Hurdle, with 16, both promise to be terrific contests. 3.20pm £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle (Grade 1), 2m 110yds There are eight horses for the highlight of Champion Day, the £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle over an extended two miles, which looks set to be an exceptional renewal of the hurdling championship. Unbeaten Faugheen (Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh) is the 11/10…

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