Betway renews Queen Mother Champion Chase sponsorship for three years

 Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce today that leading online bookmaker Betway has agreed to sponsor the G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival for a further three years. The championship two-mile chase was Betway’s first major sponsorship deal in horseracing in 2015, when the Paul Nicholls-trained Dodging Bullets shot to victory under Sam Twiston-Davies. Betway’s contract extension takes its support for the key race, which is the centrepiece of the second day of The Festival in March, up to and including the 2020…

The McCoys – thrilling climax to new awards at Warwick tomorrow

 The first South West Jump Awards, called The McCoys, are set for an exciting finish at Warwick Racecourse tomorrow, Thursday, May 25.   The awards celebrate the outstanding contributions from horses, stable staff, trainers, jockeys and owners across for Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West – Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton – during the 2016/17 season.   The winners will be presented by Sir A P McCoy, the legendary 20-time champion Jump jockey who retired in 2015, at a celebration dinner in The Centaur…

Laughs just holds on to take Timico-sponsored feature on Hunter Chase Evening

Cheltenham Racecourse’s season concluded today, Friday, May 5, with the popular Hunter Chase Evening. The richest contest of the evening was the new £25,000 Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final Hunters’ Chase (6.45pm), run over the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup distance of an extended three and a quarter miles, in which Barel Of Laughs (Philip Rowley/Mr Alex Edwards, 8/13 Fav) narrowly came out on top. The 11-year-old, who finished third in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at The Festival in March, travelled smoothly and went a…

Rowley hoping to have last Laughs at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening tomorrow

Cheltenham Racecourse’s season comes to a close tomorrow, Friday, May 5, with the Hunter Chase Evening offering an exciting seven-race programme for amateur riders plus a live DJ set after racing performed by Greg James of Radio 1. The racing action gets underway at 5.10pm and runs through to 8.25pm, with the feature race of the evening being the Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final Hunters’ Chase (6.45pm, 13 runners), which is the richest race ever staged at the popular Hunter Chase Evening. Run over…

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…

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