12 remain on course for Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

Exciting second-season chasers Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs feature among 12 six-day confirmations for the £550,000 Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20pm), highlight of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day at The Festival, Friday, March 15. Bobs Worth, currently 11/4 favourite with Betfred, is unbeaten in four starts at Cheltenham and has been successful at The Festival in both the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2011 and last year’s RSA Chase. Nicky Henderson’s charge made an impressive seasonal return with victory under a…

Big Guns stand their ground in Ladbrokes World Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday. Champion Court in top form ahead of Ryanair Chase

Oscar Whisky and Reve De Sivola head 18 confirmations for the £275,000 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.20pm), one of two feature races on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14, the third day of The Festival. The pair fought out a thrilling finish to the Grade Two Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle over the same course and distance at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, January 26, with Reve de Sivola prevailing by a neck. However, race sponsor Ladbrokes have Oscar Whisky at the top of their market at…

Sprinter Sacre tops 10 Remaining in Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase. Mail De Bievre supplemented

Jump racing’s brightest star Sprinter Sacre heads the 10 contenders for the £365,760 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20pm), the highlight of Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13. Nicky Henderson’s charge is set to go off the shortest-priced favourite for a Festival contest since Arkle at 1/10 in the 1966 Cheltenham Gold Cup with race sponsor Sportingbet making him a 1/4 shot. The seven-year-old won all five of his starts over fences last season, including the Grade One Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase when…

Six-day entries for the first day of The Festival plus going news – frost covers to be put down

Hot favourite Hurricane Fly, trained by Irish champion Willie Mullins,heads 10 horses going forward for this year’s £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.20pm) after the six-day confirmations for Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12, were revealed. The nine-year-old captured the extended two-mile championship in 2011 and will attempt to become the first horse since Comedy Of Errors in 1975 to regain the Stan James Champion Hurdle crown after finishing third in last year’s renewal. Hurricane Fly comes into this season’s edition in fine form…

Six days to The Festival

ch2013mg14final The moment every Jump racing enthusiast eagerly anticipates is now less than a week away – the start of The Festival 2013. Racing commences at 1.30pm on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12 and continues on Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14 before climaxing on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15.  This year’s Festival will be another thrilling feast of racing, with record prize money of £3.805 million, up £425,000 on 2012. Gold Cup Day, which this year has a reduced…

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