Altior tops confirmations for Wednesday’s G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham

  Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Defending champion Altior (Nicky Henderson, 4/11 favourite with Betway) tops 12 confirmations for the £450,000 G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30pm), highlight of Ladies Day at The Festival™ presented by Magners, Wednesday, March 13. The Patricia Pugh-owned nine-year-old is seeking a fourth consecutive victory at The Festival, following wins in the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2016), G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase (2017) and last year’s G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, when he came home seven…

Exact race distances in Cheltenham racecards next week

 Cheltenham’s racecards during the four days of The Festival™ presented by Magners 2019 will have the exact distances that the horses race over, rather than the advertised race distances, for the first time next week. Movements of rails, which ensure horses have the best possible ground available, mean that the distances raced over can be longer than the advertised distances. On the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12, two of the seven races will be run over further than advertised on…

Defending champion Buveur D’Air heads 14 chasing Unibet Champion Hurdle glory

 Dual winner Buveur D’Air is among 14 six-day acceptors for the £450,000 G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle (3.30pm), the feature race at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival™ presented by Magners, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. Buveur D’Air (Nicky Henderson) has landed the two most recent renewals of the two-mile hurdling championship and, if successful next week, the eight-year-old would become the first three-time winner since Istabraq (1998, 1999 & 2000) and the sixth in all. Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history…

Master Minded one of the star turns on display in The Festival RoR parade

               12-horse line-up features six Cheltenham Festival winners Former champion Master Minded to make first appearance since 2011 Parade again sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Master Minded, dual winner of the G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase (2008 & 2009), will make his first appearance on a racecourse in over seven years when he joins the parade of retrained racehorses on Champion Day at The Festival™ presented by Magners at Cheltenham a week today (Tuesday, March…

National Hunt Breeders supported by Tattersalls to sponsor Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce today that National Hunt Breeders supported by Tattersalls is the new title of the G2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival™presented by Magners. The £90,000 G2 contest takes place over an extended two miles and is the sixth race (4.50pm) on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14. The new sponsorship involves breeders Shade Oak Stud, Upton Viva Stud, Trull House Stud, James and Jean Potter Ltd, Martyn Meade Racing and Overbury Stud. The National Hunt Breeders…

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