Yanworth heads 13 for Stan James Champion Hurdle

Favourite Yanworth heads 13 confirmations for the £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (3.30pm) over two miles, the highlight at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14. Yanworth (Alan King), one of three contenders for owner J P McManus, is the 11/4 market leader with Stan James after an unbeaten campaign. The seven-year-old defeated The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 14/1 with Stan James) in G1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day before repelling Ch’Tibello (Dan Skelton, 33/1) in workmanlike fashion in the…

The Giant Bolster and Balthazar King join the stars on parade at The Festival

A galaxy of stars and former Festival favourites feature in the line-up for this year’s Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade, held on Champion Day, the opening day of The Festival, Tuesday, March 14, at Cheltenham Racecourse. The parade, which showcases the various activities open to racehorses when they have finished their racing careers, has become an increasingly popular attraction in the build-up to racing on the first day of The Festival. This year the RoR Parade is sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust and among…

Twiston-Davies quietly confident before The Festival

Nigel Twiston-Davies, with 17 winners at The Festival to his name, is particularly looking forward to the first day of the four-day meeting, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14, when he has a strong hand. He outlined his plans for The Festival 2017 today at a media stable visit to his thriving stables near Naunton in Gloucestershire today. The trainer said: “We have just about totally decided to go for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (the opening race at 1.30pm) with Ballyandy. He cantered to the…

The Festival 2017 – Media Guide

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Handicap weights for The Festival unveiled

Please click here for this media information pack as a PDF document Weights are unveiled today for the 10 handicaps at The Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17, inclusive. The top weights are as follows: Race (maximum number of runners) Horse Age/Wgt Trainer Ultima Handicap Chase (24) TENOR NIVERNAIS 10-11-12 Venetia Williams   Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (20) ZAMDY MAN 8-11-12 Venetia Williams   Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (26) CAMPING GROUND 7-11-12 Gary Moore   Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap…

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