French ace Clayeux aiming Pythagore at StanJames.com Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury this Saturday

Newbury Racecourse stages a terrific seven-race card this Saturday, March 5, Greatwood Charity Day. Greatwood Charity Day features two £50,0000 contests – the Grade Three StanJames.com Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup (3.25pm), a handicap chase run over just short of two and a half miles and the concluding two-mile DBS Spring Sales Bumper (5.10pm). There are 24 entries for the StanJames.com Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has dominated the contest since its inception in 2004, scoring seven times including with subsequent Grade Two…

Mullins reflects on his team going to The Festival

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival. Mullins has won The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award four times in the last five years at The Festival, including a record-breaking eight winners in 2015. He is the leading Irish trainer at The Festival, with 41 successes, and currently sits second on the all-time trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson. Please see below for the trainer’s comments…

Alvarado to have Crabbie’s Grand National prep at Newbury

Alvarado is due to make his seasonal reappearance at Newbury next weekend as he is prepared for a third tilt at the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. The 11-year-old, who has finished fourth in the last two runnings of the £1-million spectacular, is set to race off 10st 2lb this time around at Aintree. He carried 10st 3lb (rated 140) when staying on well to be fourth to Many Clouds in 2015 and also finished strongly with 10st 2lb (rated 139)…

Grendisar powers to Coral Winter Derby success at Lingfield Park today

Grendisar produced a scintillating display to capture the £100,000 Group Three Coral Winter Derby (3.20pm) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 27 and set up another tilt at the Coral Easter Classic on All-Weather Championships Finals Day. The Marco Botti-trained six-year-old was runner-up to Tryster in the 2015 Coral Winter Derby but outclassed his rivals in the 10-furlong Polytrack Fast-Track Qualifier this time to gain a free and automatic place in the £200,000 Good Friday feature over the same course and distance on March 25….

Tullius in top condition ahead of tomorrow’s Coral Winter Derby

Sam Hoskins, racing manager to owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, reports dual Group Two winner Tullius (Andrew Balding/Jimmy Fortune) to be in top condition ahead of tomorrow’s Group Three Coral Winter Derby (3.20pm) at Lingfield Park. The £100,000 10-furlong Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25. The eight-year-old, who is trained by Andrew Balding at Kingsclere, is making his first appearance of 2016. The highlight of his 2015…

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