Champions set to clash in Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

Reigning champion Sire De Grugy and former champion Sprinter Sacre headline 12 acceptors for the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 11. Sire De Grugy (Gary Moore) beat Somersby (Mick Channon) by six lengths to claim the two-mile championship last year, while Sprinter Sacre (Nicky Henderson) was an effortless 19-length winner in 2013. Sprinter Sacre is the 11/4 favourite with the sponsor after finishing second to Dodging Bullets (Paul Nicholls) on his eagerly awaited comeback from a heart…

Jump jockey Richie McLernon set to have his first Cheltenham Gold Cup ride next week & signs up with RFS

Richie McLernon, who is due to have his first Cheltenham Gold Cup ride on Holywell next week, has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Swindon-based Regulatory Finance Solutions (“RFS”). Today’s (Thursday, March 5, 2015) announcement of the sponsorship deal means the jump jockey will act as brand ambassador for RFS and wear the company’s logo on his racing attire. McLernon, 28, will also host a number of charity fundraising and corporate events for RFS during the tenure of the sponsorship. The jockey is eagerly anticipating…

Chookie Royale primed to defend Wulfruna crown

Chookie Royale is bidding for back-to-back victories in the £50,000 Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes (2.15pm) on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Saturday, March 7. The seven-year-old was the impressive three and a quarter length winner of the seven-furlong highlight last year and is coming in on the back of a two-length victory in a six-furlong handicap at Chelmsford City on February 26, when he conceded upwards of 10lb to his six rivals. Chookie Royale has an excellent record at Wolverhampton, registering five victories and two…

Palmer has high hopes for Spanish Squeeze as 102 go forward for the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs

Ante-post favourite John F Kennedy heads 102 three-year-olds seeking glory in the £1.325-million Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6 following on from Tuesday’s scratchings’ stage. The son of Galileo is a 6/1 chance with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, on the back of an impressive victory in a Group Three at Leopardstown in September. His trainer Aidan O’Brien, responsible for the last three winners of the premier British Classic and five in total, has 21 entries going forward….

McCoy honoured at his last Festival

The last race of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse next week has been renamed to mark A P (Tony) McCoy’s final opportunity to ride at The Festival following his decision last month to retire towards or at the end of this season. The record-breaking feats of the 19-time champion Jump jockey are recognised in the A P McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase for the Johnny Henderson Challenge Cup, which is due off at 5.15pm on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 13. The new name for…

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