Racing goes ahead on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham

Racing goes ahead on the Chase and Hurdle tracks of the New Course after there was no need for a precautionary inspection at 8am. Temperatures got down to minus7C overnight, but are expected to rise to plus5C this afternoon. There will be an inspection of the Cross Country course at 11am. Today’s going descriptions are (at 6.30am) Good to soft, soft in places (Chase and Hurdle) Good to soft, soft and frozen in places (Cross Country) Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region &…

All the news from day two of The Festival at Cheltenham, Ladies Day

HENDERSON ‘VERY LUCKY’ TO TRAIN INVINCIBLE SPRINTER New eulogies will need to be created if Sprinter Sacre keeps winning with such authority. Today he stepped up to his biggest test in the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase and sauntered through it with ease, demolishing the best two-miler in Ireland, the former race-winner Sizing Europe, and barely breaking sweat. Trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Caroline Mould, Sprinter Sacre carried jockey Barry Geraghty to a 19-length victory over the Irish challenger, who was six lengths clear…

Racing goes ahead at Cheltenham today

There was no need for the precautionary inspection at 8am today as Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region & Clerk of the Course Cheltenham Racecourse, found the Old Course in excellent shape at 5.30am so racing goes ahead today, Wednesday, March 13, Ladies Day, at Cheltenham. Claisse has changed the going description to Good to soft, soft in places from Soft, good to soft in places yesterday afternoon. He said: “There were no problems under the covers this morning despite the temperature getting…

All the news from day one of The Festival at Cheltenham, Champion Day

HURRICANE FLIES ON RUBY TUESDAY The brilliant Hurricane Fly became the only horse other than Comedy Of Errors to regain the Stan James Champion Hurdle when storming up the Cheltenham hill to score by two and a half lengths under Ruby Walsh. The nine-year-old, who finished third in last year’s race after winning in 2011, did not look to be travelling well in the early stages. “It’s brilliant. I can’t say I was ever overly confident – I’ve been confident for the past three weeks…

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase postponed

The Cross Country course is not fit for racing this afternoon, with parts still frozen, and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase has been postponed until 5.15pm on Thursday when the charity Flat race will move to 5.45pm. The transfer to Thursday, rather than tomorrow, will give more time for the course to become raceable again. The declared runners for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase will stand for Thursday’s race.

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