Laurina & Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders headline stellar Mullins Festival Team

  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit at his Closutton yard organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on his leading contenders for The Festival™ presented by Magners next month (Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15). Mullins is the winning-most trainer in the history of The Festival, with 61 successes. He has won the Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at five of the last eight Festivals (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and sent out…

Intrigue digs deep in Newcastle Fast-Track Qualifier to book Good Friday place

Deep Intrigue produced another battling performance to gain a third All-Weather success in the £30,000 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Conditions Race, a Fast-Track Qualifier, at Newcastle today, Wednesday, February 20. In winning the six-furlong Tapeta contest, the Mark Johnston-trained Dark Angel colt secures a free and automatic place in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championship over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 19. Deep Intrigue, who made all when scoring over the same…

Jade is Apple of Elliott’s eye as he looks ahead to The Festival

Jade is Apple of Elliott’s eye as he looks ahead to The Festival   Gordon Elliott today hosted a media stable visit at his County Meath yard organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on his leading contenders for The Festival™ presented by Magners. Elliott has won The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at The Festival for the last two years, saddling six winners in 2017 and enjoying a record-equalling eight successes in 2018. His total of 22 wins at The Festival include Don Cossack’s…

Presenting Percy primed for Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Owner Philip Reynolds today confirmed that ante-post favourite Presenting Percy is on course to line up in Jump racing’s Blue Riband event, the £625,000 G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival™ presented by Magners on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15. Trained by Patrick Kelly in County Galway, the eight-year-old son of Sir Percy is already a dual Festival winner, having captured the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle in 2017 and last year’s G1 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase. Restricted to just one run this term due…

Nicky Henderson looks forward to The Festival – “the most important four days of the year”

Trainer Nicky Henderson revealed today at a media stable visit to his Seven Barrows yard north of Lambourn that champion hurdler Buveur D’Air had run at least 10lb below his best when winning the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year on the first day, Champion Day, of T he Festival™ presented by Magners. Henderson, hosting a Cheltenham Racecourse-organised media visit before The Festival 2019 next month, said: “He won it last year with a certain amount of ability and quite a lot of guts as well.”…

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