Gibson’s LONGINES HKIR hopes rest on quicksilver Treasure

  “Frustrating” is how trainer Richard Gibson describes Giant Treasure and that label could also apply to the trainer’s season so far, a campaign that has yielded just two winners and sees him sitting incongruously at the bottom of the Hong Kong standings. A victory in Sunday’s (11 December) HK$23 million Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile would provide a welcome fillip for the man with an enviable record at the year-end showcase. “Every trainer wants to perform well on International day, no matter where…

Balthazar King to parade on day one of The International at Cheltenham on Friday

Balthazar King, one of the best Cross Country horses and most popular chasers of recent years, will parade on the first day at The International, Friday, December 9. The 12-year-old, successful on eight of his 18 appearances at Cheltenham, the Home of Jump Racing, will be in the paddock ahead of this year’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2.05pm) before leading out the field to parade in front of the grandstands. Balthazar King, owned by The Brushmakers, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard…

Taquin Du Seuil among 19 going forward in Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

BetVictor Gold Cup winner Taquin Du Seuil (11st 12lb, Jonjo O’Neill) heads 19 acceptors for the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm) at Cheltenham on day two of The International, Saturday, December 10. The prestigious Grade Three handicap chase is run over two miles, four furlongs and 166 yards. Taquin Du Seuil is chasing a rare double as he bids to become the first horse since Exotic Dancer (2006), also trained by O’Neill, and the third in all to win the BetVictor Gold Cup and…

European challengers among cosmopolitan entry for Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

Raiders from Ireland, France and the Czech Republic feature among a strong European contingent for the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2.05pm), one of the highlights of day one of The International at Cheltenham, Friday, December 9.   The three mile, six furlong contest, which reverts back to a handicap this year having been run as a conditions race last season, is the final leg of the Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge.   Patrice Quinton currently heads the trainer standings for the Crystal…

Anteros back at Cheltenham for The International a week today

Anteros gave trainer Sophie Leech the biggest win of her career when taking the Listed Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 12 and a return to Home of Jump Racing is on the agenda for the eight-year-old at The International next week.   The son of Milan was successful by seven lengths from Corrin Wood in the extended three mile, one furlong race at The Open and has run six other times at Cheltenham, with his best other performance coming when runner-up…

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