Changes to order of running on Champion Day and Ladies Day at The Festival in 2014

Cheltenham Racecourse announces changes to the order of running for the first two days of The Festival in 2014.   On the opening day, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle moves to become the fifth race (previously sixth) on the card at 4.00pm, immediately following the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.20pm).   This will enable the race, run over two and a half miles, to be shown live on Channel 4 Racing, giving terrestrial viewers the chance…

Cantlow considered for Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup

Shloer Chase winner Kid Cassidy (11st 12lb) heads the weights for the £100,000 Grade Three Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup, run over two miles and five furlongs at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14.   The seven-year-old is one of four entries for leading owner J P McManus, who is also responsible for recent Newbury scorer Cantlow (11st), Paddy Power Gold Cup second Colour Squadron (10st 12lb) and Grade One runner-up Tap Night (10st 11lb).   Cantlow, trained by…

The Stewart Family sponsor for third year in succession at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse today announces sponsorship by the Stewart Family for the third year in succession of the £100,000 December Gold Cup on Saturday, December 14, the second day of The International.   The handicap chase will be named the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup this year, following runnings as the Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup (2012) and the Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup (2011).   The Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup, which has been in existence since 1963 and…

12 riders lined up to take part in next year’s St Patrick’s Derby at The Festival

Monday 2nd December – 12 lucky riders are announced today as the jockeys who will line up for next year’s St Patrick’s Derby, which takes place during The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday, March 13. The fifth renewal of the charity race, which has raised over £800,000 so far for Cancer Research UK, sees a line-up of jockeys from all walks of life, some of whom currently work in racing and others that have careers outside the sport. The 12 riders are Channel 4…

French stars lined up to raid The International at Cheltenham next month

High-profile French challengers Gemix and Seabreeze d’Ho intend to test their Cheltenham Festival credentials in two of the feature hurdle races on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14, at the Home of Jump Racing. Trainer Nicolas Bertran de Balanda is hoping Gemix can lay down an early marker for the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle in March when the five-year-old lines up in the £40,000 Grade Two Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles. Gemix announced himself…

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