Fascinating action at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

Cheltenham offers the perfect way to see in 2018 tomorrow with an excellent seven-race card on New Year’s Day, running from 12.15pm through to 3.45pm. There is a record £260,000 in prize money on offer across the seven races (up 23 per cent on 2017). The richest race of the day is the £75,000 G3 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2.00pm, nine runners) over an extended two and a half miles. Dual G2 winner Top Gamble (Kerry Lee/James Bowen (5), 11st 12lb, 5/1 with sponsor…

McPherson eagerly-anticipating New Year’s Day at Cheltenham with stable star Ami Desbois

Trainer Graeme McPherson, who is based not far from Cheltenham at Stow-on-the-Wold, is looking forward to running his stable star Ami Desbois in the £35,000 BetBright Dipper Novices’ Chase (1.25pm, 9 entries), one of the highlights of a cracking seven-race programme at the Home of Jump Racing on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018. The seven-year-old Dream Well gelding enjoyed a good season over hurdles in the 2016/17 campaign, winning four times and also finishing fifth in the G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival…

Kilbricken Storm heads six chasing G1 glory in Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury tomorrow

Newbury stages Grade One action tomorrow with a field of six declared for the £40,000 Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm) on Betfred Challow Hurdle Day, Saturday, December 30. Run over an extended two and a half miles, the Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle is the first G1 prize of the season for novice hurdlers in Britain. Notable names on the roll of honour include Bindaree, winner of the Grand National in 2002, and 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Denman. Kilbricken Storm (Colin Tizzard/Harry Cobden, 9/4 Fav with…

Colin’s Sister seeking further G2 success in Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day

Cheltenham welcomes in 2018 on New Year’s Day this Monday with a superb seven-race card that offers record prize money of £260,000. Progressive mare Colin’s Sister (Fergal O’Brien) features among 12 entries for the £50,000 G2 Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm) over an extended two and a half miles. The six-year-old, a G2 winner over this distance against her own sex at Sandown Park last season, proved herself in open company with a two-length victory over Wholestone (Nigel Twiston-Davies) in the three-mile G2 West Yorkshire…

Richards hoping for another big-race success with Baywing at Wetherby in 188Bet Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase on Boxing Day

Declarations have been made for the first day of Wetherby’s two-day 188Bet Yorkshire Christmas Meeting, with eight runners set to go to post in the feature £40,000 G3 188Bet Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2.10pm) over three miles on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26. Heading the market at 7/2 with sponsor 188Bet is Aloomomo (Warren Greatrex/Richard Johnson, 10st 7lb). The seven-year-old looked a progressive performer over fences in the 2015/16 campaign and makes his first appearance over the larger obstacles this season, having shaped promisingly in two outings…

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