Captain Joy seeking Dundalk Fast-Track Qualifier repeat on Friday

Last season’s All-Weather Mile Championships victor Captain Joy tries to set up another Good Friday tilt by winning the €25,000 Matthews Coach Hire Race (8.00pm) at Dundalk on Friday, March 10. The Tracey Collins-trained eight-year-old captured the corresponding Polytrack Fast-Track Qualifier over a mile last season before going on to beat Sovereign Debt by half a length in the £150,000 contest at Lingfield Park on Finals Day. The winner of Friday’s race gains a free and guaranteed place in the line-up in the final on Good Friday,…

Redknapp races into Sky Bet’s Festival heart rate experiment

Sky Bet also offering Money Back to all losers in the Festival’s first race each day Jamie Redknapp is the latest name to sign up for Sky Bet’s heart rate experiment at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. Leading bookmaker Sky Bet is conducting a study at this year’s Cheltenham Festival to see who gets the most excited watching the pinnacle of British horse racing. With the aim of discovering the effects of excitement when watching elite level sport, Sky Bet will be arming a variety of…

Williams pair ready for Saturday’s sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes

Wolverhampton stages two £50,000 races on Saturday, March 11, including the Listed sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes (3.15pm, 19 entries) over seven furlongs on Tapeta. The sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14, with the winner gaining a free and automatic place in the line-up. Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams is doubly represented among the entries by All-Weather specialist Realize, who was third to Mister Universe…

The Giant Bolster and Balthazar King join the stars on parade at The Festival

A galaxy of stars and former Festival favourites feature in the line-up for this year’s Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade, held on Champion Day, the opening day of The Festival, Tuesday, March 14, at Cheltenham Racecourse. The parade, which showcases the various activities open to racehorses when they have finished their racing careers, has become an increasingly popular attraction in the build-up to racing on the first day of The Festival. This year the RoR Parade is sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust and among…

Greatwood honours go to Thomas Crapper

Newbury Racecourse staged Greatwood Charity Day on Saturday, March 4, when the feature race was the £50,000 Grade Three William Hill “High 5″ Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup (3.15pm), a handicap chase over two and a half miles. It was Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste, 8/1) that came out in front. The 10-year-old was recording his second success over the course and distance, having previously taken a handicap chase in April, 2016. The joint bottom-weight took up the running four fences from home, as the leader Hollywoodien (Tom…

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