Gold Cup Day A Sell-out in Best Mate Enclosure

  There is now little over a month to go until the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 15, and the countdown intensified yesterday with the victories of leading contenders Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs respectively in the Denman Chase at Newbury and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Not surprisingly, tickets and badges for Gold Cup Day are proving popular and the Best Mate Enclosure is now sold out completely for March 15. There is still…

Leading jockeys at The Festival

ch2013mg7final Ruby Walsh, the record holder, enjoyed two winners at The Festival in 2012 as did A P (Tony) McCoy, the 17-time champion Jump jockey, but it was Barry Geraghty, who landed the Thomas Pink Award for being the most successful rider over the four days in March with five victories, Geraghty’s total number of winners at The Festival jumped to 25, putting him in third place among current jockeys and equal third since 1945. He also enjoyed five victories at The Festival when leading…

Henderson quintet heads 40 entries for Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

ch2013mg1final The countdown to The Festival 2013 heats up today with the unveiling of the entries for the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15 and boasts a record prize fund of £550,000 (up from £500,000 in 2012). A total of 40 entries have been received for chasing’s Blue Riband, which takes place over an extended three and a quarter miles, with Nicky Henderson responsible for five contenders. The master of Seven Barrows looks to hold…

Sacre heads Champion Chase 17

ch2013mg2 Jump racing’s rising star Sprinter Sacre heads 17 entries for the £350,000 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the feature race on day two of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13. Nicky Henderson’s performer enjoyed an unbeaten novice chase campaign which culminated with a faultless seven-length success over Cue Card in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at The Festival last year and another easy Grade One triumph at Aintree. The seven-year-old started this season in breathtaking fashion when thrashing…

Four previous winners among 34 entries for Stan James Champion Hurdle

ch2013mg3final Defending champion Rock On Ruby (10/1 with the sponsor) is one of four previous winners among 34 entries for this year’s Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle, the feature race on day one of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. The race is worth a record £400,000. Harry Fry’s stable star scored by three and three quarter lengths in last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle, when trained by Paul Nicholls, and made an encouraging return for his new handler when chasing home Zarkandar…

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