Top Notch, Waiting Patiently and Coney Island among magnificent seven for Saturday’s Betfair Ascot Chase

Top Notch heads seven runners for an excellent renewal of the £150,000 G1 Betfair Ascot Chase over two miles and five furlongs at Ascot this Saturday, Betfair Ascot Chase Day, February 17. Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) has won his last two starts in great style, including over the course and distance in the G2 Christy 1965 Chase in November, and tops Betfair’s market at 7/4. Trainer Nicky Henderson has saddled three Betfair Ascot Chase winners, including dual scorer Riverside Theatre, a record only bettered by…

Keeneland to sponsor Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes as part of new association with Ascot

    Keeneland to sponsor Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes as part of new association with Ascot   LEXINGTON, KY (February 5, 2018) -Keeneland will sponsor the 2018 Princess Margaret Stakes (G3), a prestigious juvenile event on the British summer racing calendar, as part of a new association with Ascot Racecourse. The Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes, a 6-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, will be held Saturday, July 28, at Ascot. Many of the outstanding U.S.-trained winners at Royal Ascot in recent years, including Cartier Award winner…

Coney Island set to return to Berkshire as entries revealed for £150,000 G1 Betfair Ascot Chase on February 17

Entries are revealed today for the £150,000 Betfair Ascot Chase, the richest Grade One (G1) contest of the Jumps season run at Ascot Racecourse, and staged in 2018 on Saturday, February 17, Betfair Ascot Chase Day. Run over two miles and five furlongs, the Betfair Ascot Chase boasts an outstanding roll of honour since its establishment in 1995. Martha’s Son, One Man, Teeton Mill, Tiutchev, Our Vic, Monet’s Garden, Voy Por Ustedes and Kauto Star all feature among the winners. Heading the 19 entries for…

Order of Running changes for Royal Ascot

  Ascot announced last week that prize money at Royal Ascot has increased to a record £7,305,000 (2017; £6,665,000). Minor order of running changes are confirmed today, following the EPC’s  (European Pattern Committee) confirmation of race planning changes in Britain related to Listed Handicaps. Royal Ascot has staged two Listed Handicaps in recent years – the Wolferton and Sandringham. Following consultation through the BHA Flat Pattern Committee, the Wolferton now becomes a straight Listed race and the Sandringham becomes a regular handicap. The Wolferton as…

Record prize money of £13.45 million at Ascot in 2018

Ascot Racecourse today announced that prize money for 2018 for its 25 racedays (excluding the industry-owned QIPCO British Champions Day) will be a record £13,452,000. This represents an increase of £1.2 million, 10% up on the 2017 figure of £12,229,000. Royal Ascot will be worth over £7 million for the first time at £7,305,000 (2017: £6,665,000, +10%) whilst the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) in July is up £100,000 to £1,250,000, the most the race has ever been run for….

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