Rocky looks to land knockout blow for Sheppard on day one of The April Meeting at Cheltenham tomorrow

The £60,000 G2 Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase (2.40pm), highlight of day one of The April Meeting at Cheltenham tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18, has attracted a record 16 runners. First run as a limited handicap in 2003, the Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase takes place over two miles and five furlongs and the previous highest number of runners was 14 in 2008. Paul Nicholls is the leading current trainer in the Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase’s history with four victories (Fadalko 2002, Poliantas 2003, Nycteos,…

Final entries for The Festival revealed

For this media pack in PDF format, please click HERE The final pieces of the jigsaw ahead of The Festival are put in place today with the unveiling of the entries for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 6f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2m ½f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14), Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1f, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15) and St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase (3m 2½f, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16).     Previous winners Causes Of Causes (Gordon…

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…

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