Nicky Henderson talks stable stars ahead of The Festival

Nicky Henderson, the winning-most trainer in the history of The Festival, hosted a well-attended media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse today at his Seven Barrows Stables just to the north of Lambourn, Berkshire. He paraded his leading hopes for The Festival, Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours, first and second in last year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle which is their target again, Might Bite, the 2017 RSA Novices’ Chase victor, who is going for the feature Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Altior, successful last year in the Racing Post Arkle Novices’…

Cheltenham Racecourse to stage first-ever mares only Jump raceday at The April Meeting

 For the first time ever at a Jump racecourse, Cheltenham will host a raceday devoted exclusively to races for fillies and mares.   Taking place on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, the mares’ raceday offers a seven-race programme, with £190,000 in prize money. The richest races are the £40,000 Listed European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale and the £40,000 Kingston Stud Supporting The IJF 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Two further Listed contests also form part of the special…

Full media pack with the records of all current jockeys plus selected past jockeys at The Festival can be accessed HERE Leading Jockeys at The Festival   Record-breaking Ruby Walsh took the Leading Jockey Award for the 11th time at The Festival last year. He drew a blank on the first two days, but achieved the first four-timer by a jockey at The Festival on St Patrick’s Thursday at cumulative odds of 179/1. Walsh increased his lead as the winning-most rider ever at The Festival, with…

Samcro, Getabird and On The Blind Side headline entries for novices’ hurdles at The Festival, while Dr Des trials today

For full media pack as a PDF containing detailed statistics, please click HERE     The entries are revealed today for the three championship G1 novices’ hurdles at The Festival – the £125,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13), the £125,000 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14) and the £125,000 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16) – plus the £125,000 G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16)…

Bristol De Mai and Finian’s Oscar head stars in action on terrific Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham

Bristol De Mai faces seven opponents as he bids to return to top form in the £100,000 Grade 2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (2.25pm), the centrepiece of an excellent seven-race card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day tomorrow, Saturday, January 27. The three mile, one-furlong contest is a leading trial for the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival in March. Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Daryl Jacob) started this campaign with two impressive successes, including a 57-length demolition of his rivals in the G1 Betfair Chase…

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