Aintree pays tribute to National hero Brian Fletcher

John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses North West and boss of Aintree Racecourse, today paid tribute to Brian Fletcher.   “We are greatly saddened by this news. Following the passing of John Buckingham, we have lost two Aintree legends in a matter of days.   “Brian was part of Aintree folklore and his three Grand National wins puts him in a very special and extremely exclusive club.   “He has remained in touch with Aintree and in February, 2011, joined us in London to…

Sportello strikes in Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle

Doc Sportello provided trainer Michael Herrington with the biggest victory of his career when pouncing late in the five-furlong £19,000 Betway Conditions Race on Tapeta at Newcastle this afternoon. The five-year-old is now guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint over six furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. Sent off an 8/1 chance, Doc Sportello was ridden patiently by Robert Winston off a strong prace set by Irish raider Chiclet (Tracey Collins/Gary Halpin, 22/1)…

Douvan stars among Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase entries

Please click here to access the media guide in full as a PDF document  Douvan headlines 28 entries, the second-highest level since 2009, for the £350,000 Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 15.   Douvan, owned by Susannah Ricci and trained by Ireland’s champion Jump handler Willie Mullins, is the 4/9 favourite with the sponsor Betway for the two-mile chasing championship as he goes for a third consecutive success at The…

Burke looking forward to Tango’s return at Wolverhampton on Monday

The £20,000 Betway Conditions Race (4.00pm, 13 entries) is the highlight of a seven-race programme at Wolverhampton on Monday, January 16.   Staged over an extended two miles on Tapeta, the Betway Conditions Race is the second of four Fast-Track Qualifiers for the £150,000 Betway Marathon Championships, run over a similar distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.   Godolphin is responsible for two of the 13 entries in the Wolverhampton contest with dual All-Weather scorer Famous…

Ireland strongly represented as 54 entered for Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 11

A total of 54 exciting entries are unveiled today for the thrilling 2017 renewal of the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, staged at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, February 11, Betfair Super Saturday. First staged in 1963 and run over an extended two miles, the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle is Britain’s richest handicap hurdle and a maximum field of 24 runners can line up. Weights for the 2017 Betfair Hurdle will be unveiled on Wednesday, January 18. Gwafa (Paul Webber, 25/1 with Betfair) carries the famous colours of Saleh…

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