Mulholland eyes Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day for progressive Tikkanbar

Promising novice Tikkanbar is set for another step up in class in the £32,000 G2 Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 27. Tikkanbar (Neil Mulholland) doubled his tally over hurdles last time out in the Listed Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle over the same course and distance on New Year’s Day, when he made all on heavy ground to beat Ainchea by a length and a half. The seven-year-old, who runs in the colours of…

Buveur D’Air clear favourite as 23 entries unveiled for Unibet Champion Hurdle

 Hot favourite Buveur D’Air is one of 23 entries for the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle, worth a record £450,000, at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Buveur D’Air (Nicky Henderson), the 4/6 market leader with Unibet, gained the two-mile hurdling crown in 2017 with a convincing victory over stablemate My Tent Or Yours (12/1). The seven-year-old has looked imperious in two starts so far this season, following up his facile success in Newcastle’s G1 Unibet Fighting Fifth Hurdle with an easy victory…

Altior and Douvan head 30 entries for Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

For full media pack as a PDF containing detailed statistics, please click HERE     Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Two of Jump racing’s biggest names Altior and Douvan headline 30 entries for the £400,000 G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (up from £350,000 in 2017) at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14. Both are two-time winners at The Festival. Altior (Nicky Henderson), the 11/8 favourite with Betway, is unbeaten in 11 starts over hurdles and fences, while Douvan’s (8/1) sole defeat in 14…

Defending champion Sizing John & King George hero Might Bite head Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup entries

  For full media pack as a PDF containing detailed statistics, please click HERE     Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - The countdown to The Festival begins in earnest today with the unveiling of the entries for the highlight of the four-day spectacular, the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, March 16. The three and a quarter mile showpiece, which carries record prize money of £625,000 in 2018, has attracted 38 entries this year, with a joint record high of 18 trained in Ireland. Reigning Timico…

Fascinating action at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day

Cheltenham offers the perfect way to see in 2018 tomorrow with an excellent seven-race card on New Year’s Day, running from 12.15pm through to 3.45pm. There is a record £260,000 in prize money on offer across the seven races (up 23 per cent on 2017). The richest race of the day is the £75,000 G3 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2.00pm, nine runners) over an extended two and a half miles. Dual G2 winner Top Gamble (Kerry Lee/James Bowen (5), 11st 12lb, 5/1 with sponsor…

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