Statue of Sir A P McCoy to be unveiled on Champion Day

Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce that a statue of Sir A P McCoy will be unveiled on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14. The lifesize bronze of the record-breaking legendary jockey will be situated on the Best Mate Plaza by the north entrance to the racecourse. It was crafted by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter, who boasts an extensive portfolio including the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition and leading golfers. Ferriter also produced the statue of jockeys Martin…

Sandro Botticelli on course for Wednesday’s Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park

Classy stayer Sandro Botticelli is among 12 entries for the £19,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (7.45pm) at Kempton Park on Wednesday, February 22. The winner of the two-mile Polytrack contest is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway Marathon over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. Sandro Botticelli (John Ryan) was runner-up to Dartmouth on his All-Weather debut in the rearranged Group Three John Porter Stakes over an extended 13 furlongs at Chelmsford City in April….

The most successful trainers of all time at The Festival

Please click here for media information pack in full as a PDF document     Wins Trainer Wins Trainer 55 Nicky Henderson (1985-present) 17 David Nicholson (1986-1999) 48 Willie Mullins IRE (1995-present) 17 Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992-present) 40 Fulke Walwyn (1946-86) 15 Harry Brown (1920-1938) 40 Paul Nicholls (1999-present) 15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-1936) 34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006) 15 Alan King (2004-present) 28 Fred Winter (1970-1988) 15 Tom Rimell (1927-1949) 27 Fred Rimell (1948-1981) 14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-1979) 26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-1971) 14 David Pipe…

Rohaut has high hopes for Qurbaan in Fast-Track Qualifier at Cagnes-Sur-Mer

Francois Rohaut is hoping Qurbaan can guarantee his Good Friday place with victory in the Listed Prix Saonois (2.45pm, eight runners) at Cagnes-sur-Mer on Saturday, February 18. The mile Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sun Bets Mile at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. Qurbaan (Francois Xavier-Bertras) is unbeaten in four starts on Polytrack and produced a career-best last time out when defeating British raider Sovereign Debt by a short-neck in the Listed Prix Luthier at Deauville on…

Top novices among championship acceptors for The Festival

Please click here for the media information pack as a PDF document Brilliant first-season chasers Thistlecrack and Altior feature among the latest acceptors for the six non-novice Grade One championship contests at The Festival following the February 14 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today. Timeform, the Halifax-based ratings and content provider, has Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard) top  of its weight-adjusted ratings on 186 for the feature £575,000 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17, narrowly ahead of last year’s runner-up Djakadam (Willie Mullins IRE, 185 with Timeform)…

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