Jump racing returns to Newbury tomorrow

Newbury’s Jump season gets underway tomorrow (Thursday, November 3) with the bet365 Festival Preview Day.   In-form trainer Charlie Longsdon saddles two exciting prospects, starting with Snow Leopardess (Noel Fehily) in the feature £20,000 Whitley Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.35pm, eight runners) over two miles.   Snow Leopardess makes the transition to hurdles on the back of a comfortable success in a Listed mares’ bumper at Gowran Park on September 30.   The four-year-old scored on her bumper debut at Doncaster in February and ended…

Cue Card and Coneygree top 22 entries for Betfair Chase at Haydock Park

Cue Card (15/8 favourite with Betfair) and Coneygree (9/4) headline 22 entries for the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on day two of the Betfair Chase Weekend, Saturday, November 19.   Run over three miles, the Betfair Chase is the first leg of The Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown. Any horse who wins the Betfair Chase and then goes on to land the G1 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup…

King aiming for Annacotty repeat as weights for two feature contests at The Open are revealed

Weights are unveiled today for the two feature contests at The Open at Cheltenham – the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup (Saturday, November 12) and the £100,000 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle (Sunday, November 13).   Jointly-heading the weights on 11st 12lb for the Grade Three BetVictor Gold Cup, staged over an extended two and a half miles, are recent G2 Charlie Hall Chase scorer Irish Cavalier (Rebecca Curtis, 20/1 with BetVictor) and Top Gamble (Kerry Lee, 20/1), who landed G2 prizes at Newbury and Fairyhouse last season….

Third time lucky for Simply Ned in Cheltenham’s Shloer Chase at The Open?

Simply Ned is set for a third tilt at the £75,000 Grade Two Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 13.   The consistent nine-year-old has lined up in the two-mile contest for the last couple of years, finishing second to Uxizandre in 2014 and fourth to the great Sprinter Sacre last year.   Trained by Nicky Richards in Cumbria, Simply Ned has been placed three times in G1 chases during his career including when runner-up to…

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