Rowley hoping for a Barel Of Laughs repeat as Hunter Chase Evening draws Cheltenham’s season to a close

  The 2017/2018 season at Cheltenham Racecourse draws to a close tomorrow Friday, May 4, with the Hunter Chase Evening featuring seven contests for amateur riders. Barel Of Laughs (Philip Rowley/Mr Alex Edwards) headlines 11 runners for the feature £25,000 Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final Hunters’ Chase (6.40pm) over an extended three and a quarter miles. The 12-year-old is going for back-to-back victories in the valuable event, having held The Wealerdealer (Ian Chanin/Mr Will Biddick) by a short-head in a thrilling finish 12 months ago….

Owners compensated after Cheltenham race abandoned

Jockey Club Racecourses has moved to compensate owners of horses declared to run in the JRL Group Mares’ Handicap Chase that was due to be staged over three and a quarter miles at Cheltenham Racecourse this afternoon (3.50pm), following the abandonment of the race. Ian Renton, Regional Director for Cheltenham and the South West, Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “These were exceptional circumstances today and we fully support the stewards’ decision to abandon our fourth and longest distance race due to the heat. As a sport,…

Keighley trio ready for breakthrough day two of The April Meeting

Gloucestershire handler Martin Keighley has three runners tomorrow on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, when Cheltenham stages a seven-race card restricted to fillies and mares, the first of its kind in Britain.   Course scorer Brillare Momento (Aidan Coleman, 11st 6lb) represents the stable in the £25,000 Listed Catesby Estates PLC Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.15pm, 18 runners) over two and a half miles.   Brillare Momento impressed on good ground at The Showcase in October, taking the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in…

Rocky looks to land knockout blow for Sheppard on day one of The April Meeting at Cheltenham tomorrow

The £60,000 G2 Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm), highlight of day one of The April Meeting at Cheltenham tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18, has attracted a record 16 runners. First run as a limited handicap in 2003, the Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase takes place over two miles and five furlongs and the previous highest number of runners was 14 in 2008. Paul Nicholls is the leading current trainer in the Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase’s history with four victories (Fadalko 2002, Poliantas 2003, Nycteos,…

Final entries for The Festival revealed

For this media pack in PDF format, please click HERE The final pieces of the jigsaw ahead of The Festival are put in place today with the unveiling of the entries for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 6f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2m ½f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14), Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1f, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15) and St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase (3m 2½f, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16).     Previous winners Causes Of Causes (Gordon…

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