PJA tributes to Pat Eddery

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – Members and officials of the Professional Jockeys Association today paid their tributes to Pat Eddery who has passed away at the age of 63. He was Champion Flat Jockey 11 times, the winner of 14 British Classics and four Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of the most successful riders of all time partnering more than 4,600 winners. The PJA said that it was a hugely sad day for the sport of racing, with the loss of one of the…

Jamesie set for Unibet Golden Rose Stakes

The All-Weather Championships step up a gear this weekend with a pair of Listed Fast-Track Qualifiers at Lingfield Park on Saturday, November 14. The £40,000 Unibet Golden Rose Stakes (2.35pm) over six furlongs has attracted 17 entries, including eight rated 100 or more. They are headed by dual Group Three winner Goken, who could have his first start for Kevin Ryan, All-Weather stalwart Chookie Royale (Keith Dalgleish) and Polybius (David Lanigan), a Group Three third at Ascot last time out. Lightscameraction (Gay Kelleway), who captured…

Gifford out to continue family tradition in Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday

Potential top-weights Ptit Zig and Sound Investment top 28 confirmations for the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.25pm) at Cheltenham on the day two of The Open, Saturday, November 14. Both are trained by champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls in Somerset. Ptit Zig (11st 12lb, 20/1 with Paddy Power) made a winning return to action in a Grade Two chase at Down Royal on October 31, while Sound Investment (11st 12lb, 16/1) produced a career-best when capturing the Grade Two Old Roan Chase at Aintree…

Any Currency & Champion Court set for Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase on day one of The Open

Local trainer Martin Keighley is set to be doubly-represented in the £25,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2.50pm), with Any Currency and Champion Court due to run in one of the highlights of Countryside Day at The Open on Friday, November 13. Any Currency boasts a wealth of experience around Cheltenham’s Cross Country Course, having run in the last seven races held over the unique obstacles. The 12-year-old won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at The International in December last year and has been runner-up…

Shanpallas under consideration for Paddy Power Gold Cup, highlight of The Open

Irish trainer Charles Byrnes is hoping the weather will allow Shanpallas to run in the feature £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on the second day of The Open, Saturday, November 14. The seven-year-old shaped well in ground softer than ideal when sixth, beaten six lengths, to Caid Du Berlais 12 months ago and will race from a 2lb lower mark this time around. He has only had three starts since and was brought down last time out when bidding for back-to-back victories in…

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