Seanie hoping to book Good Friday ticket at Dundalk

Seanie will take his chance in the €20,000 Carragher’s XL Castleblayney Race (7.35pm, 16 entries), the first of two Fast-Track Qualifiers at Dundalk, Ireland, on Friday, March 6. The winner of the mile contest will be guaranteed a start in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3. Seanie has not run since finishing fifth to Kanes Pass in a seven-furlong Listed race at Leopardstown on October 26. The David Marnane-trained six-year-old had previously recorded a pair…

The Crabbie’s Grand National moves closer with 87 still on target for Aintree on April 11

All the main protagonists remain engaged in the Crabbie’s Grand National as 87 horses go forward for the £1-million spectacular at Aintree on Saturday, April 11. Shutthefrontdoor (Jonjo O’Neill) heads the betting market as the 8/1 clear favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival (Thursday, April 9 to Saturday, April 11). The eight-year-old, who is owned by J P McManus, landed the Irish Grand National in 2014 and looks likely to be the final Crabbie’s Grand National ride for record-breaking…

Eight go forward in Stan James Champion Hurdle

With just six days until The Festival gets underway, the countdown is entering the final furlong with the unveiling today of the six-day confirmations for the opening day, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 10. 3.20pm £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle (Grade 1), 2m 110yds There are eight horses going forward in the highlight of Champion Day, the £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle over an extended two miles. Faugheen (Willie Mullins) is the 11/10 favourite with Stan James following a faultless career with has yielded…

Moore delighted with Sire De Grugy

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – Gary Moore could not be happier with his stable star Sire De Grugy who exercised twice around the mile woodchip gallop today at his Cisswood Racing Stables in West Sussex during a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and Betway. Sire De Grugy, the defending champion in the Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20pm) on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 11, has had his problems this season and as a consequence will…

The Duchess Of Cornwall to present trophy for Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the second day of The Festival at Cheltenham, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 11. Her Royal Highness will present the trophy to the winning owner, jockey and trainer of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the feature race of the day. Last year, she presented the prize to the Preston family whose horse, Sire De Grugy, won the race. Sire De Grugy was trained by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Jamie. The Duchess of Cornwall was invited to…

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