Buywise aimed at Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday

The £80,000 Listed Sky Bet Chase takes place at Doncaster on Saturday, January 30, and 22 confirmations go forward today for the three-mile handicap. Sky Bet’s 7/1 favourite is Ziga Boy (Alan King), who registered a comfortable seven-length success on his last start over the course and distance on December 29. Buywise (Evan Williams, 8/1) has finished in the frame in two competitive handicap chases at Cheltenham this season, staying on strongly to be the half-length runner-up to Annacotty (Alan King, 14/1) in the Paddy…

Djakadam heads strong entry for BetBright Trial Chase on Festival Trials Day this Saturday

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Djakadam headlines 11 entries for the £100,000 Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase (1.50pm), the highlight of an informative card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 30. Representing the all-conquering partnership of trainer Willie Mullins and owners Rich & Susannah Ricci, Djakadam found only Coneygree too strong in last year’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and made a sizzling return to action when bounding away with the Grade One John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December. The seven-year-old is 2/5…

Walford has sights on The Festival as entries are revealed for the World Hurdle & OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

Entries are unveiled today for a further two Grade One hurdle contests at The Festival – the £300,000 World Hurdle (St Patrick’s Thursday, March 17) and the £100,000 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (Champion Day, Tuesday, March 15). The World Hurdle, the championship race staged over three miles for hurdlers, has attracted 48 hopefuls including five of the first six horses home in the 2015 running – winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), runner-up Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), fourth At Fishers Cross (Rebecca Curtis), fifth Whisper (Nicky…

Appleby double-handed in Saturday’s 32Red.com Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park

Charlie Appleby launches a twin assault on the £19,000 32Red.com Conditions Stakes (2.55pm) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, January 23, with Anglophile and Pinzolo declared for the two-mile Polytrack Fast-Track Qualifier. The winner of the Polytrack contest receives an automatic free place in the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25. Anglophile was a ready winner of this race 12 months ago under Martin Lane, who takes the ride again,…

Grade One performers Ballynagour and Sam Winner head weights for Sky Bet Chase

Ballynagour (11st 12lb) and Sam Winner (11st 12lb), both placed in Grade One chases, head the weights for the Listed Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday, January 30. The three-mile chase is run as an open handicap for the first time this year, having previously been restricted to horses rated 0-155, and there is an increased prize fund of £80,000 (£75,000 last year). Ballynagour (David Pipe), a 25/1 chance with Sky Bet, was beaten a head in the Aintree Bowl at the Grand National…

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