Mares star on day two of The April Meeting at Cheltenham

Female racehorses take centre stage on day two of The April Meeting at Cheltenham, with three Listed races for fillies and mares kicking off an excellent seven-race card tomorrow Thursday, April 20. The richest race of the afternoon is the £40,000 Listed EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.40pm, seven runners) over just short of two miles and five furlongs. Heading the weights on 11st 10lb is Antartica De Thaix (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies), who is seeking a four-timer following victories at Bangor, Huntingdon and Wincanton. Briery…

Starchitect heads 10 runners for Cheltenham Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase

 Starchitect is set for a quick turnaround in the £50,000 Grade Two Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm, 10 runners) at Cheltenham tomorrow on day one of The April Meeting, Wednesday, April 19. The limited handicap, staged over an extended two and a half miles, has been won by the popular chasers Buywise (2014), Champion Court (2013) and Poquelin (2011) in recent years. Trained by David Pipe for owners Paul and Clare Rooney, Starchitect (Tom Scudamore, 10st 7lb) was third behind Sizing Codelco…

Ballykan has Silver Trophy option at Cheltenham’s April Meeting next week

The April Meeting at Cheltenham gets underway next week on Wednesday, April 19, with a seven-race card headlined by the £50,000 Grade Two Matt Hampson Foundation & NSIF Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm, 22 entries). The limited handicap, staged over an extended two and a half miles, has been won by the popular chasers Buywise (2014), Champion Court (2013) and Poquelin (2011) in recent years. Entries for this year’s renewal are headed by course specialist Village Vic (Philip Hobbs). The 10-year-old was narrowly denied by Taquin Du Seuil…

Sir Mark Todd joins line up for Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony charity are delighted to announce that Sir Mark Todd will join the line-up for the Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race, to be run at Cheltenham, the home of Jump Racing on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Voted Rider of the 20th Century by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), Sir Mark has won two Olympic gold medals, four Badminton titles and five at Burghley. He is one of New Zealand’s greatest sportsmen ever and in 2016 competed at his seventh Olympic…

Equine superstars and charity race on fabulous April Thursday at Cheltenham

Four equine superstars and the Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race feature in addition to the Jump racing on Thursday, April 20, day two of The April Meeting, at Cheltenham Racecourse. Britain has an incredible tradition of leading the world when it comes to equestrian sport and there is a golden era at the moment. Cheltenham Racecourse has taken the opportunity to bring together four global stars who are based in Britain. In a one-off parade on April 20, the most charismatic chaser of recent times,…

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