Stan James renews sponsorship of Champion Hurdle and extends its support to ‘Road to Cheltenham’ series

Stan James will also sponsor at Punchestown, Newcastle and Haydock Park   29th October 2013 – Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce that Stan James has renewed its sponsorship of the Champion Hurdle and is backing two more leading trials for the hurdling showpiece on the “Road To Cheltenham”.   The newly-supported races are both run on Sunday, November 17 – the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.   Stan James first sponsored the Grade One Champion Hurdle at…

Entries close tomorrow for Paddy Power Gold Cup – Scotland set to be represented by Tap Night

  28th October 2013 – The 2013/14 Jump season is really starting to hot up and entries for the first major race of the campaign, the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, close at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29.   The Grade Three handicap chase is run at Cheltenham over an extended two and a half miles on Saturday, November 16, day two of The Open.   Trainer Lucinda Russell is considering the Paddy Power Gold Cup for Tap Night, who won two of his six…

Exclusive new monthly blog by AP McCoy launched on cheltenham.co.uk

 AP McCoy, Ambassador for Cheltenham Racecourse’s 2013-14 season and the 18-time champion Jump jockey, writes his exclusive new monthly blog, which can be found on www.cheltenham.co.uk/APMcCoy The next meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse is The Open, which takes place on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. McCoy talks about the amazing five-timer at Carlisle yesterday, his hunt for 4,000 winners, the new book he has written, last weekend’s racing at Cheltenham and The Open meeting in three weeks’ time. AP McCoy “It has been…

Scudamore aiming for more Open success with Monbeg Dude

Monbeg Dude will bid for a repeat victory in the £50,000 Grade Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase (Saturday, November 16) at The Open after an encouraging reappearance over hurdles at The Showcase on October 19. The eight-year-old came of age when winning last year’s renewal of the extended three mile, three furlong contest by a neck at Cheltenham and followed that up with a similarly gutsy success in the rearranged Welsh National at Chepstow in January. Monbeg Dude is owned by a partnership including rugby…

Third Intention lined up for Cheltenham return

Third Intention is on course to return to Cheltenham for The Open next month after opening his account over fences at The Showcase on Friday, October 18. The six-year-old made all the running under Joe Tizzard in the Cheltenham Annual Members Novices’ Chase, repelling the challenge of odds-on favourite Rebel Fitz for a comfortable length and a quarter victory. Colin Tizzard’s charge was a leading novice last term without winning, making the frame in three Grade One contests and chasing home Dynaste in the Grade…

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