The eve of The Festival – all the latest news from Cheltenham Racecourse

GOING CHANGE The going at Cheltenham has changed this afternoon to:- Good to Soft, Soft in places from Soft, Good to Soft in places after another dry and sunny day. Simon Claisse, the Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham and Director of Racing at Jockey Club Racecourses South West, said this afternoon: “I have changed the going description to Good to Soft, Soft in places as the ground continues to dry. “The soft places are in the chute which concerns races over two and a…

Ivory sprinters on course for All-Weather Championships on Good Friday

Dean Ivory is looking forward to saddling Lancelot Du Lac and Kadrizzi on the £1.1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25. Lancelot du Lac is on course for the six-furlong £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Sprint on Polytrack following an impressive victory in a five-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on January 2. The form has been boasted since, with the runner-up Gamgoom just losing out in the Listed Unibet Cleves Stakes and the third Lightscameraction capturing the Listed Unibet Hever…

Moffatt and McLoughlin thrilled with Aintree hopefuls

Jimmy Moffatt is counting down the days until stable star Highland Lodge lines up in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. Formerly trained by Emma Lavelle, Highland Lodge made the perfect start for new connections in the Betfred Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in December, staying on strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths. The 10-year-old, who was allotted 10st 2lb in the big race and should just get in, has not run since…

The Festival’s first feature, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, has 13 runners on Tuesday

All 13 horses remaining in the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.30pm) at the six-day stage have been declared to run in the £436,000 two-mile hurdling championship at Cheltenham on day one of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 15. This is the biggest field for the Stan James Champion Hurdle since 2009 when 23 lined up. Leading racemare Annie Power (Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh), who was supplemented last week for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at a cost of £20,000, is the 9/4 favourite…

Mister Universe secures final automatic Good Friday place with Lady Wulfruna Stakes victory

Mister Universe clinched a place on All-Weather Championships Finals Day with a brave success in the £50,000 Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes (2.50pm) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, March 12. In winning the final Fast-Track Qualifier of the 2015/2016 All-Weather Championships, the four-year-old receives a free and automatic place in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25. Sent off a 7/2 chance, the Mark Johnston-trained colt was always prominent and moved up to take the lead inside the final furlong under Joe…

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