The New One – A Cheltenham Love Affair

Cheltenham specialist The New One is set for his 15th start at the Home of Jump Racing in the £325,000 G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15. It will be his first attempt at three miles and seventh appearance at The Festival. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies spoke about The New One today at a Cheltenham Racecourse-organised media stable visit to his Gloucestershire stables ahead of The Festival, which happens over four days next month – Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16 inclusive. He…

Cue Card still has choice of Ryanair Chase and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

Colin Tizzard, who believes stable stalwart Cue Cardis back to his best form, said today at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse that no decision had been made about which race the evergreen 12-year-old will go for at The Festival next month. Owner Jean Bishop is arriving on Sunday for a three-day visit to Tizzard’s Spurles Farm Stables on the Dorset/Somerset border and the subject will be raised again then, but a final decision may not be made until closer to the best four…

Samcro and Footpad among latest acceptors for The Festival

The countdown to The Festival continues today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the championship novices’ chases and novices’ hurdles, following yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline. Favourite Getabird (Willie Mullins IRE), rated 164p with Timeform, heads 53 confirmations for The Festival curtain-raiser, the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m) on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Unbeaten hurdler If The Cap Fits (Harry Fry) and G1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle victor Summerville Boy (Tom George), both rated 163p, also go forward alongside impressive G3 Betfair Hurdle scorer Kalashnikov (Amy Murphy, 162 with Timeform)….

Nicky Henderson talks stable stars ahead of The Festival

Nicky Henderson, the winning-most trainer in the history of The Festival, hosted a well-attended media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse today at his Seven Barrows Stables just to the north of Lambourn, Berkshire. He paraded his leading hopes for The Festival, Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours, first and second in last year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle which is their target again, Might Bite, the 2017 RSA Novices’ Chase victor, who is going for the feature Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Altior, successful last year in the Racing Post Arkle Novices’…

Cheltenham Racecourse to stage first-ever mares only Jump raceday at The April Meeting

 For the first time ever at a Jump racecourse, Cheltenham will host a raceday devoted exclusively to races for fillies and mares.   Taking place on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, the mares’ raceday offers a seven-race programme, with £190,000 in prize money. The richest races are the £40,000 Listed European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale and the £40,000 Kingston Stud Supporting The IJF 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Two further Listed contests also form part of the special…

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