Saint Are back on Crabbie’s Grand National trail & will be entered again in Aintree’s showpiece on Tuesday

Saint Are (Tom George) is on course to try and go one place better in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National, which takes place over 30 fences and four miles, two furlongs and 72 yards on Saturday, April 9 at Aintree. Entries for the world’s greatest and probably richest chase, which is run for the 169th time in 2016 with a new start time of 5.15pm, close at noon on Tuesday, February 2 and will be revealed 24 hours later, with Saint Are among them. Saint…

King is the King for the day on Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day

An incredible day unfolded for Alan King at Cheltenham Racecourse where the Wiltshire-based trainer gained a high-profile treble with Smad Place, Annacotty and Yanworth on Saturday, January 30, Festival Trials Day, after racing was given the go-ahead at a 10am inspection following heavy overnight rain. A record crowd of 20,785 for the day (previous highest 20,046 last year) saw the grey Smad Place make all the running under substitute jockey Richard Johnson in the feature £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase to beat last year’s…

Who Dares Wins tests Triumph credentials tomorrow on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham

Cheltenham offers a feast of high-class racing, including four Grade Two contests, on Festival Trials Day tomorrow, Saturday, January 30. All eyes are on Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam (Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh) in the feature £100,000 BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm) over an extended three miles and a furlong. The seven-year-old made an impressive comeback at Punchestown in December and faces seven rivals, led by Crabbie’s Grand National hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell) and Hennessy Gold Cup victor Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson), who…

Cheltenham regular The Giant Bolster back again on Festival Trials Day

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – The Giant Bolster will bid for his fourth victory on Festival Trials Day and his second in the feature £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm, 11 entries) at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 30. Trained by David Bridgwater, the popular 11-year-old captured the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (1.15pm, 35 entries) in 2011 and 12 months later slammed his rivals by 17 lengths in the Freebets.com Trophy Chase (2.25pm, 23 entries), both over just short of two miles and five furlongs….

Le Mercurey heads field of 15 for Saturday’s Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster

Exciting novice Le Mercurey (10st 9lb) is Sky Bet’s 5/1 favourite for the £80,000 Sky Bet Chase (3.15pm), highlight of a superb card at Doncaster on Saturday, January 30. The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old makes his handicap chase debut under Nick Scholfield in the Listed three-mile contest after winning on two of his three starts over fences, including a comfortable success in a Grade Two novices’ chase at Ascot in December. A total of five novices have been successful in the Sky Bet Chase since 2000,…

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