Vics Canvas back to Aintree, with December’s Betfred Becher Chase in mind

Entries close at noon on Tuesday, November 15, for the two races over Aintree’s famous Grand National fences on Betfred Becher Chase Community Day, Saturday, December 3.   The 2016 Grand National third Vics Canvas (Dermot McLoughlin IRE) could have another another tilt at the feature Betfred Becher Chase over three and a quarter miles and worth £140,000.   The evergreen 13-year-old rallied to finish fifth in last year’s Betfred Becher Chase, beaten three and three quarter lengths by Highland Lodge. That first experience over…

All the news from BetVictor Gold Cup Day 2016

THE OPEN 2016, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE BETVICTOR GOLD CUP DAY, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12   GOING CHANGES TO GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES   The going at Cheltenham Racecourse has changed to   Good to Soft, Good in places   from Good, Good to Soft in places after about five millimetres of rain overnight.   This was less than forecast and the rain fizzled out around 8.30am.   Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, said: “The rain has been really welcome. Actually, we…

Team Talk and Lord Of The Land gain Good Friday places with superb Lingfield Park victories

Team Talk and Lord Of The Land booked their tickets for All-Weather Championships Finals Day with impressive Fast-Track Qualifier victories at Lingfield Park on Saturday, November 12.   Team Talk showed a brilliant turn of foot to capture the 10-furlong £45,000 Listed Betway Churchill Stakes (2.00pm) and receive a free and automatic place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.   Making only his third start, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained three-year-old was anchored at…

Brilliant start to Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” as Moon Racer and Ballyandy go head-to-head on Sunday

  A superb field of seven is set to go to post in the £30,000 Grade Two Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (12.45pm) at Cheltenham on Sunday, November 13.   The two-mile contest is the opening race of Sky Bet’s “Road to Cheltenham” which culminates with the £120,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Altior won both races last season during an unbeaten campaign for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Nico de…

All the news on Countryside Day at The Open

THE OPEN 2016, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE COUNTRYSIDE DAY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11   EARLY GOING NEWS   The going at Cheltenham for day one of The Open is:   GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES   All bends are dolled out 9 yards, adding 56 yards to each circuit.   The start of the 2m 5f hurdle has been moved forward 25 yards.   Distances are as follows: RACE 1 – 2m 4f 134yds RACE 2 – 2m 35yds RACE 3 – 2m 4f 134yds…

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