Cheltenham welcomes in 2017 with cracking card on New Year’s Dat

Cheltenham Racecourse gets 2017 underway this Sunday with a superb day’s racing on New Year’s Day that includes top-quality Graded action, a pair of Listed races and three fiercely competitive handicaps. The £40,000 Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm) has attracted a classy field of nine including the 2015 Stayers’ Hurdle champion Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex/Gavin Sheehan), who returns to the smaller obstacles after finishing second on his chase debut at Wetherby on December 3. Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Trevor Whelan) was second in last season’s Dornan Engineering…

Baltazar D’Allier heads superb field of eight for Betfred Challow Hurdle as 2016 comes to a close at Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse finishes 2016 in tremendous style tomorrow, Saturday, December 31, with a seven-race card on Betfred Challow Hurdle Day, which is being broadcast free to air on Racing UK. The feature £40,000 Grade One Betfred Challow Hurdle (1.50pm, eight declarations) is staged over an extended two and a half miles. The £40,000 contest has a tremendous roll of honour with past winners including such luminaries as Large Action, Denman, Wichita Lineman, Diamond Harry and Reve De Sivola. Last season’s renewal went to the high-class…

Fascinating BetBright Dipper Novices’ Chase in prospect at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

Exciting chaser Clan Des Obeaux heads 14 entries for the £32,000 G2 BetBright Dipper Novices’ Chase  (1.25pm) over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.   The five-year-old, one of three entries for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, produced a 10-length demolition of his rivals in a G2 novices’ chase over a similar distance at Newbury on November 25.   Nicholls has also entered Frodon, winner of the G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at The International on December 10, and…

Lil Rockerfeller ready to roll again in Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day

Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes in 2017 on New Year’s Day this Sunday, with Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King) set to line up in the £40,000 Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm), one of the highlights of a superb seven-race card. The five-year-old was runner-up to Camping Ground (Robert Walford) in the extended two and a half-mile race 12 months ago and went on to capture the G2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park in February before ending the campaign with a creditable seventh in the Stan…

Blaklion “must have a very good chance” as 10 go to post for 188BET Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase

A superb field of 10 is set to go to post in the £40,000 Grade Three 188BET Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (1.50pm), the feature at Wetherby on the first day of the Yorkshire Christmas Meeting, Boxing Day, Monday, December 26. RSA Chase victor and top-weight Blaklion (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Jamie Bargary (3), 11st 12lb) looks to have strong claims after an eye-catching fifth behind Native River in the Hennessy Gold Cup last time out at Newbury on November 26. He travelled powerfully for much of the three and a…

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