Weights for the 10 handicaps at The Festival unveiled

For this media pack in PDF format, please click HERE Weights for the 10 handicap contests at The Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16, were unveiled today at a press conference at Cheltenham Racecourse. Race (maximum number of runners) Top weight Age/Wgt Trainer Ultima Handicap Chase (24 plus 2 reserves) MALA BEACH 10-11-12 Gordon Elliott IRE Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (20 plus 2 reserves) RAMSES DE TEILLEE TREE OF LIBERTY ADRIEN DU PONT KALONDRA TESTIFY PEREGRINE RUN SIZING TENNESSEE ANY…

Snow at Cheltenham by this weekend, but mild weather forecast for The Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse held a press conference in the Panoramic Restaurant at the track today, 13 days before The Festival 2018 commences. The weights for the 10 handicap races were unveiled with three official handicappers present to explain their thinking, the last four race entries were revealed, the ground conditions were explained and various trainers told of their hopes for the 28 races over the four days, Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16. There is record prize money of £4.6 million during the four days….

Harrington chasers in great form ahead of Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

  Trainer Jessica Harrington is delighted with defending champion Sizing John and stablemate Our Duke as they gear up for the highlight of The Festival, the £625,000 G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup over three and a quarter miles on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16. Sizing John could not have been more impressive on his reappearance in the G1 John Durkan Memorial Chase (2m 4f) at Punchestown on December 10, when he defeated Djakadam by seven lengths, but the eight-year-old chaser has a point to prove after finishing seventh…

Willie Mullins stable tour ahead of The Festival

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival next month. Mullins is the leading Irish trainer at The Festival, with 54 successes, and currently sits second on the all-time trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson (58). He has won The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at five of the last seven Festivals (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and sent out a record-breaking eight winners in…

Handicap entries for The Festival revealed

For this media pack in PDF format, please click HERE     Thursday, February 22, 2018 - A total of 844 entries are revealed today, including 272 from Ireland, for the 10 handicaps at The Festival. The first handicap of the meeting is £110,000 G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (83 entries) over three miles and a furlong on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Singlefarmpayment (Tom George) was beaten a short-head in this race last year and could bid to go one better. David Pipe captured the last two renewals with…

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