Final entries for The Festival revealed

  Please click here for the media information pack, including background information for the four races, as a PDF document   Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - The final pieces of The Festival jigsaw fall into place today with the unveiling of the entries for the four remaining races at the meeting – the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle and the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase. There are 27 entries for the £65,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase…

Healthy ticket sales for The Festival & going is mostly Good to Soft

Cheltenham Racecourse played host to the media today ahead of The Festival, which starts on Tuesday, March 14, and healthy ticket sales were reported. Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of Jockey Club Racecourses, related: “We are very fortunate here as we have a fantastic sporting event where everybody comes to enjoy the racing. “We are in a great place regarding ticket sales on Gold Cup Day (Friday, March 17) as we sold out two weeks ago – two weeks ahead of…

Elliott seeks more Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup glory

Gordon Elliott outlined his plans for The Festival today at a media visit to his yard arranged by Cheltenham Racecourse. He plans to run two horses in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, the feature race of the four-day meeting, on the final day, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17, which he won for the first time in 2016 with the now-retired Don Cossack. Don Poli, a staying-on third to Don Cossack last year, winner of the RSA Chase at The Festival in 2015 and successful…

Willie Mullins talks about his hopes for The Festival

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival. Mullins has been leading trainer at The Festival for five of the last six years and sent out a record-breaking eight winners in 2015. He is the leading Irish trainer at The Festival, with 48 successes, and currently sits second on the all-time trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson. “People expect a lot from our team,” said Mullins….

Best season means strong de Bromhead team for The Festival

Henry de Bromhead today discussed some of his leading contenders for The Festival, headed by impressive Thyestes Chase winner Champagne West and Stan James Champion Hurdle hope Petit Mouchoir. The Irish handler has sent out three winners at The Festival, notably Sizing Europe in the 2011 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, and is enjoying his best ever season since taking out a licence in 1999. “We have been very fortunate this season,” said de Bromhead. “We have got some very nice horses and we are very lucky to…

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