The Investec Derby prize fund boost‎ed to £1.5 million

Epsom Downs Racecourse today announced that prize money for the Investec Derby will be boosted to £1.5 million in 2017 as an investment in the future of Britain’s richest race. Yearling entries for the 238th running of the Investec Derby, Britain’s premier Classic, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, close at noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The prize fund for the 237th Investec Derby on Saturday, June 4, 2016 has already been advertised at £1.325 million (prior to any supplementary entries). Andrew Cooper, Head of…

O’Brien has Perfect Candidate for Murphy Group Chase at The Open next week

Perfect Candidate will return to Cheltenham next week for the £50,000 Grade Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase over just short of three and a half miles on the second day of The Open, Saturday, November 14. The eight-year-old posted a career best on his reappearance when going down by two lengths to Whats Happening (Tom George), who may re-oppose, in the three-mile, one furlong winner.co.uk Trophy at The Showcase on October 24. Trained near Cheltenham by Fergal O’Brien, Perfect Candidate scored twice over fences, at…

Collins hoping for more joy during the All-Weather Championships

Irish handler Tracey Collins is preparing Captain Joy for a second tilt at the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25, 2016. The six-year-old ran a great race to finish third in this year’s renewal, going down by a half-length to Grey Mirage and Sovereign Debt in a close and thrilling finish. He earned his place on Good Friday, when total prize money for the seven finals came to £1.1 million, with two easy wins over seven…

Thomas Edison heads weights for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Thomas Edison (11st 12lb) could bid to enhance the fine record of top-weights in the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle, the feature race of the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 15. Rooster Booster (2002), Rigmarole (2003), Detroit City (2006) and Menorah (2010) have all carried 11st 12lb to victory in the valuable handicap hurdle since 2000, while recent winners Khyber Kim (2009) and Garde La Victoire (2014) both shouldered 11st 9lb to glory. The Tony Martin-trained Thomas Edison, a 12/1…

Buywise set for Paddy Power Gold Cup return at Cheltenham on November 14

Evan Williams is looking forward to seeing Buywise (10st 12lb) return for another crack at the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold (2.25pm), the highlight of The Open, which takes place at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 14. The eight-year-old, successful in a Grade Two limited handicap at the Home of Jump Racing in April, 2014, stayed on strongly to finish a close fifth in the prestigious two and a half-mile handicap chase last year. Buywise was subsequently fourth behind Darna (25/1 with Paddy Power, Kim Bailey, 10st…

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