Festival favourites set to go on trial at Cheltenham on Saturday

Brilliant novice chaser Thistlecrack and top staying hurdler Unowhatimeanharry feature among a host of stars set to run at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day this Saturday, January 28.   Festival Trials Day is the last fixture at the Home of Jump Racing before The Festival (Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17 inclusive).   A terrific nine-race programme also includes the £70,000 G1 Spectra – Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase (1.45pm, 2m ½f), which has been rescheduled following the abandonment of Ascot on Saturday,…

US star Rawnaq on course for Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

  Please click here for the media guide in full as a PDF document   Thursday, January 19, 2017 - US challenger Rawnaq features among 47 entries, the third-highest level in the last 11 runnings, for the £300,000 Grade One Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 16. The Cyril Murphy-trained Rawnaq is going for a US$500,000 bonus after defeating European raiders Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon (both Willie Mullins IRE) in the three-mile Grade One Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle, part of the…

Faugheen and Annie Power star among 28 entries for Stan James Champion Hurdle

  Please click here for the media guide in full as a PDF document   Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - The two latest winners of the Stan James Champion Hurdle, Faugheen (2015) and Annie Power (2016), headline 28 entries, the highest level since 2013, for the 2017 renewal of the £400,000 Grade One hurdling showpiece at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14. Faugheen led home a one-two-three for Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins in 2015, but was unable to defend his crown…

Douvan stars among Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase entries

Please click here to access the media guide in full as a PDF document  Douvan headlines 28 entries, the second-highest level since 2009, for the £350,000 Grade One Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 15.   Douvan, owned by Susannah Ricci and trained by Ireland’s champion Jump handler Willie Mullins, is the 4/9 favourite with the sponsor Betway for the two-mile chasing championship as he goes for a third consecutive success at The…

Tizzard and Elliott top Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup entries

  Please click here for the media guide in full as a PDF document Trainers Colin Tizzard and Gordon Elliott dominate the 39 entries, with five apiece, for the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes centre stage on the fourth and final day of The Festival, Friday, March 17. The three and a quarter mile showpiece is the richest non-handicap chase run in Britain and boasts a total prize fund of £575,000. The 39 horses represents the highest number of entries since 40…

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