Local handler O’Brien readying strong team for The Showcase

Cheltenham specialist Perfect Candidate heads the Fergal O’Brien-trained runners gearing up for The Showcase, the opening meeting of the new season at the Home of Jump Racing, on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. Perfect Candidate will bid to go one better than two years ago in the £50,000 randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase (2.00pm) over three miles and a furlong, which opens the seven-race programme on the second day, October 28. The 10-year-old, a dual winner in handicap chases at Cheltenham in 2016, proved he is as…

Skelton preparing Bedrock for Defi Du Seuil showdown at The Showcase

Cheltenham’s exciting new season starts with The Showcase on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.   The two-day meeting at the Home of Jump Racing boasts increased prize money of £319,000, and Saturday’s programme includes two £50,000 handicap chases sponsored by Randox Health – the opening randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase (2pm) over three miles and a furlong and the Randox Health Handicap Chase (3.10pm) over two miles.   Star chaser Fox Norton started last season with an emphatic 11-length success in the Randox Health Handicap…

Ballymore returns to Cheltenham Festival sponsorship

Ballymore is returning to sponsorship at The Festival by supporting the race it used to back after an eight-year gap. The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle re-emerges after being staged as the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle since 2010. The Grade One two mile, five furlong novices’ hurdle, the first race on the second day of The Festival at Cheltenham, was sponsored by Ballymore, together with the main races leading up to it, for three years between 2007 and 2009. Then Neptune Investment Management took over and…

Winners for the inaugural “The McCoys” announced

J P McManus, Paul Nicholls, Harry Cobden, James Bowen, Many Clouds and Ollie McPhail are among the winners at the inaugural The McCoys South West Jump Awards, details of which were revealed on the evening of Friday, September 29.   The McCoys are exciting new awards for owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and horses running at Cheltenham and the three other Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West of England – Warwick, Wincanton and Exeter. The qualifying period for the inaugural awards was between September…

Report from the first presentation of The McCoys – the South West Jump Awards at Cheltenham last night

Outstanding chasers, a travelling head groom, a champion trainer and a former jockey who has introduced tens of thousands of children to racing were among winners at the inaugural ‘The McCoys’ held in the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse last night, Friday, September 29.   Opening the event, which was attended by 450 people, Ian Renton, The Jockey Club’s Regional Director, Cheltenham & The South West, said The McCoys were an opportunity “to recognise fantastic achievements in National Hunt Racing”.   He added that while the…

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