Grendisar in “better shape” ahead of Saturday’s Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park

Marco Botti is hoping Grendisar can bounce to his best in the £100,000 Group Three Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm, 11 entries) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 25. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest is a major race in its own right as well as being a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. Grendisar, an 11/2 chance with sponsor Betway for Saturday’s contest, won both races decisively in 2016 and was named…

Henderson quietly confident before The Festival

Nicky Henderson said today at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of The Festival that his strong team for the four days next month has “a bit of strength and a bit of depth”. The Festival’s leading trainer, with 55 successes, enjoyed two winners last year, Sprinter Sacre in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and Altior in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Altior is the trainer’s number one hope this year, going for the G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase…

Nicholls looking forward to The Festival

Paul Nicholls today talked about his big team for The Festival at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse to Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Somerset. While he may be lacking ammunition in the five main championship races over the four days, Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17, the 10-time champion Jump trainer in Britain spoke encouragingly about many of his charges. He is leading the way again in the trainers’ championship and is keen to hang on to the advantage he has built…

Lancelot Du Lac and Pretend headline contenders for Saturday’s Betway Hever Sprint at Lingfield Park

Lancelot Du Lac (Dean Ivory) is going for his third success of 2017 in the £45,000 Listed Betway Hever Sprint Stakes (2.05pm, 13 entries) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 25. The winner of this five-furlong Polytrack contest will gain an automatic and free place in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships over a furlong further on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. The seven-year-old got the year off to a perfect start when taking a five-furlong handicap at Chelmsford City on January 5…

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