Richard Woollacott tributes to be staged at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is holding a minute’s silence tomorrow in memory of trainer Richard Woollacott, who died earlier this week at the age of 40, and encouraging racegoers attending Festival Trials Day to make donations to three charities, chosen by his wife Kayley. The minute’s silence will happen at 3.20pm, 15 minutes before the scheduled off-time of the Grade 2 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle in which Beer Goggles, now trained by Kayley Woollacott, will run. The initiative is raising money for Mind, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the…

Cheltenham sponsorship renewed by Ryanair for five more years

Cheltenham Racecourse announces today that Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the Grade 1 (G1) Ryanair Chase at The Festival for five more years from 2018 to 2022 inclusive. The prize fund, as previously revealed, rises to £350,000, up £50,000 from last year, on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15, 2018. The race value of the G1 championship chase over nearly two miles and five furlongs, founded in 2005, will increase in stages to £400,000 by 2022. Ryanair’s sponsorship commenced in…

Hales on the Hunt for Cheltenham glory at Saturday’s Festival Trials Day

  Trainer Alex Hales is set to run the progressive Huntsman Son in the £27,500 Steel Plate and Sections Handicap Hurdle (4.10pm 16 entries) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27.   The lightly-raced eight-year-old, allotted 11st for the extended two-mile contest, has recorded two victories from five career starts under Rules and registered back-to-back victories at Market Rasen and Doncaster in December.   The son of Millenary will have the services of one of the finest young talents in the weighing room…

Doitforthevillage primed for Cheltenham return on Saturday

Trainer Paul Henderson is set to run Doitforthevillage in the £75,000 Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase (1.50pm 24 entries) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27. The nine-year-old, allotted 10st 8lb for the extended two and a half-mile contest, landed the BetVictor Handicap Chase over two miles at Cheltenham’s November Meeting by two lengths and finished a creditable fourth back over hurdles at Newbury on January 17. Hampshire-based Henderson said today: “Doitforthevillage seems all right in himself. “I am going to work him tomorrow to make…

Mulcahys Hill has Cheltenham in sights with forecast looking favourable

 Warren Greatrex is minded to run Mulcahys Hill in the £32,000 G2 Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27. The promising six-year-old, one of 14 entries for the extended two and a half mile contest, sets the standard with a rating of 147 following his agonising short-head defeat at the hands of Poetic Rhythm in the G1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury on December 30. Potential opposition includes Claimantakinforgan (Nicky Henderson), who is unbeaten in two starts so far this season but…

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