Amateur riders at The Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse announces today a change to entry conditions for amateur riders taking part in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase and the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase races at The Festival in March.   From 2018 onwards, in line with the G2 National Hunt Chase, these two amateur races will be restricted to those holding a Category B Permit.   Amateur jockeys holding a Category B Permit require at least 15 completed rides under the Rules of Racing, the majority of which must…

Defi Du Seuil on course for The Showcase

  Singlefarmpayment could return in randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase   Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – Unibet Champion Hurdle hope Defi Du Seuil headlines seven entries revealed today for the £35,000 Masterson Holdings Hurdle (2.35pm) at Cheltenham on day two of The Showcase, Saturday, October 28.   The J P McManus-owned Defi Du Seuil, trained by Philip Hobbs in Somerset, was unbeaten in seven races last season, culminating with G1 triumphs in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival and the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle…

New presentation podium and enlarged winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham Racecourse

A new presentation podium has been built in the parade ring at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of the new season, which gets underway with The Showcase on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. The new podium, pictured below, replaces a structure that dated from 2002. Constructed of steel and glass, it reflects the materials used in the Princess Royal Stand. It has also increased considerably in size, enabling a greater number of people to experience the thrill of trophy presentations at Cheltenham. The winner’s enclosure…

Longsdon eyeing Cheltenham repeat with Coologue at The Showcase on Saturday

 Coologue could bid for back-to-back victories in the randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase (2.00pm, 25 entries) this weekend, one of two £50,000 handicap chases at Cheltenham on day two of The Showcase, this Saturday, October 28. Coologue, trained by Charlie Longsdon near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, teamed up with Richard Johnson to win the three mile, one furlong contest in tenacious fashion 12 months ago. The eight-year-old, who was last seen out when finishing third in a handicap chase at The April Meeting, will run off the same…

Local handler O’Brien readying strong team for The Showcase

Cheltenham specialist Perfect Candidate heads the Fergal O’Brien-trained runners gearing up for The Showcase, the opening meeting of the new season at the Home of Jump Racing, on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. Perfect Candidate will bid to go one better than two years ago in the £50,000 randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase (2.00pm) over three miles and a furlong, which opens the seven-race programme on the second day, October 28. The 10-year-old, a dual winner in handicap chases at Cheltenham in 2016, proved he is as…

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