Dickin aiming Thomas at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

Racing returns to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, with a fabulous seven-race card to get 2017 off to a flying start at the Home of Jump Racing.   The richest race of the day is the £60,000 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2.00pm), which is staged over two miles and five furlongs. Last year’s renewal went to Cheltenham specialist Village Vic, trained by Philip Hobbs, who has finished second in the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at The Open and third…

Strong British entry for Deauville Fast-Track Qualifier next Wednesday

  France hosts its first Fast-Track Qualifier of this season’s All-Weather Championships on Wednesday, December 28, with a strong British-trained contingent featuring among the 31 entries for the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa.   The winner of the extended seven-furlong Polytrack contest receives a free and guaranteed place in the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park Good Friday, April 14, 2017.   Volunteer Point (Mick Channon) was fourth in last year’s Prix Miss Satamixa before going on…

Realize goes one better in valuable Weatherbys Stallion Book Conditions Race at Chelmsford City today

Chelmsford City staged its final fixture of 2016 today, Thursday, December 22, with a lucrative seven-race card worth over £100,000.   All-Weather specialist Realize (Stuart Williams/Sean Levey) bounced back to his best to win the big race of the day, the £45,000 Weatherbys Stallion Book Conditions Race (2.20pm) over seven furlongs.   The six-year-old was backed into 11/4 favouritism and moved strongly into contention rounding the home turn. He made sustained progress to wear down front-runner Donjuan Triumphant (Richard Fahey/Tony Hamilton, 6/1) inside the final…

Definitly Red on course for Wetherby’s 118Bet Rowland Meyrick on Boxing Day

Brian Ellison is looking forward to saddling Definitly Red 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. Definitly Red, one of 23 entries for three-mile contest, was beaten four and a half lengths into third by Otago Trail and Bristol De Mai on his latest start in the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase at Newcastle on November 26. The seven-year-old already has experience over fences at Wetherby…

Winning Story lands fourth Fast-Track Qualifier for Godolphin

Winning Story (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave, 7/2) gave owner Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor a fourth Fast-Track Qualifier victory of the 2016/17 All-Weather Championships season when taking the £20,000 Betway Conditions Stakes (2.00pm) at Newcastle today, Wednesday, December 21. The two-mile contest on Tapeta was a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Betway Marathon Championships over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 14, 2017), meaning Winning Story gains an automatic and free place in that contest….

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