French trainers target Crystal Cup finale at Cheltenham this Friday

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - The Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge reaches its conclusion this Friday, December 14, with the running of the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.05pm, 16 entries) at Cheltenham on day one of The International. The 10-race series takes in many of Europe’s premier racecourses, over unique combinations of hedges, banks, ditches and timber. The challenge begins in Pau in South West France in February and culminates at Cheltenham on Friday, following four further races in France and visits to…

Yearling entries revealed for 2020 Investec Derby – Britain’s premier Classic and richest race

A total of 356 yearling entries (up from 339 last year) are revealed today for the 241st running of the premier Classic, the Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The 2020 renewal of the mile and a half highlight of the Investec Derby Festival will have a prize fund of at least £1.5 million and remains the most valuable race run anywhere in Britain. This year saw the famous blue silks of Godolphin carried to success for the first time in…

Laurina headlines 11 entries for Unibet International Hurdle

Star mare Laurina (Willie Mullins IRE) could have her first start outside of novice company in the £140,000 G2 Unibet International Hurdle (3.05pm, 11 entries) at Cheltenham this Saturday, December 15, day two of The International. The two-mile, one-furlong contest forms part of the Unibet Road to Cheltenham and is a leading trial for the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March. Unbeaten in four starts last season against her own sex, Laurina’s standout performance came at The Festival™ presented by Magners…

Baron Alco and Rather Be headline 18 confirmations for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

BetVictor Gold Cup hero Baron Alco remains on course for a rare double as he features among 18 five-day confirmations for the £130,000 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm) at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 15, day two of The International. Trained by Gary Moore, the seven-year-old has the chance to become just the fourth horse to win both the BetVictor Gold Cup and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the same season, after Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006). Following his two-length victory…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Saturday Track Notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup GLORIOUS FOREVER – HK Trainer Frankie Lor said: “He looks good. He’s a happy horse. We won’t go head to head again with Time Warp. We’ll just let him lead and take the trail.” STAPHANOS – JPN Warmed up on the Quarantine Stables trotting track then cantered a lap on the all-weather track. Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara said: “He seems very relaxed and in great condition. He is a veteran at coming to Hong Kong, he seems to know exactly what is…

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