Lil Rockerfeller ready to roll again in Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day

Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes in 2017 on New Year’s Day this Sunday, with Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King) set to line up in the £40,000 Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm), one of the highlights of a superb seven-race card. The five-year-old was runner-up to Camping Ground (Robert Walford) in the extended two and a half-mile race 12 months ago and went on to capture the G2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park in February before ending the campaign with a creditable seventh in the Stan…

Dickin aiming Thomas at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

Racing returns to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, with a fabulous seven-race card to get 2017 off to a flying start at the Home of Jump Racing.   The richest race of the day is the £60,000 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2.00pm), which is staged over two miles and five furlongs. Last year’s renewal went to Cheltenham specialist Village Vic, trained by Philip Hobbs, who has finished second in the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at The Open and third…

Sun Bets sponsors Stayers’ Hurdle at The Festival

Sun Bets is unveiled today as the new sponsor of the Grade One Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 16, 2017. The deal between Cheltenham Racecourse and Sun Bets has been signed for an initial period of three years. Sun Bets is the fastest growing online betting website in the UK and has an expanding horseracing sponsorship portfolio which also includes the All-Weather Championships. First run with its current race conditions in 1972, the Sun Bets…

Line-up for Champions Willberry Charity Race announced

Line-up for Champions Willberry Charity Race announced Selected riders to join Skelton, Fox-Pitt, Hobday and Cook   Over 600 members of the public applied to ride in the Champions Willberry Charity Race at Cheltenham, the Home of Jump Racing on Thursday 20 April 2017.  The race is in aid of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity. Each selected rider has pledged to raise a minimum of £2500 and it is hoped the day will make at least £100,000 to be…

The New One wins StanJames.com International Hurdle for the third time – report on all the action from day two of The International

The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Richard Johnson, 13/8 Fav) won the £130,000 Grade Two StanJames.com International Hurdle (3.00pm) for the third time when scoring by three and a half lengths from My Tent Or Yours (Nicky Henderson/Richard Johnson, 7/4). Old Guard (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies, 12/1) was a further 12 lengths back in third. Previously successful in the 2013 and 2014 renewals of the StanJames.com International Hurdle, The New One made all the running today and never looked in serious danger, staying on strongly after the last in…

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