Lavelle and Skelton targeting feature races at The November Meeting

Trainers Emma Lavelle and Dan Skelton are mulling their options for the two biggest prizes at The November Meeting at Cheltenham later this month – the £160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup (The November Meeting Saturday, November 17) and the £100,000 G3 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (The November Meeting Sunday, November 18). The lightly-raced nine-year-old Javert (Emma Lavelle) has won on four of his seven chase starts. His most recent success came in a handicap chase at Uttoxeter on September 23, staged over the same two-and-a-half-mile distance as…

Guitar Pete on course for BetVictor Gold Cup at The November Meeting

Trainer Nicky Richards is targeting another Cheltenham success with Guitar Pete in the £160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup over two and half miles at Cheltenham on November 17, The November Meeting Saturday. Guitar Pete, a G1 winner over hurdles for the late Dessie Hughes in 2014, enjoyed the biggest victory of his career over fences at Cheltenham when successful in the 2017 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over two miles and five furlongs at The International in December. The eight-year-old grey had previously finished ninth in the…

Excellent 56 entries revealed for Cheltenham’s £100,000 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle later this month

A bumper 56 entries (up from 47 in 2017) are unveiled today for the £100,000 G3 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, the prestigious race staged over an extended two miles at the Home of Jump Racing on Sunday, November 18, the third and final day of The November Meeting.   Jointly heading the market with sponsor Unibet at 10/1 are If The Cap Fits (Harry Fry) and Verdana Blue (Nicky Henderson). Six-year-old mare Verdana Blue is already on the scoresheet this season, having taken a Listed hurdle race impressively by…

Mister Whitaker one of four co-favourites as 51 entries unveiled for Cheltenham’s BetVictor Gold Cup

   Mister Whitaker is among 51 entries (up from 46 in 2017) for the prestigious BetVictor Gold Cup, the highlight of The November Meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 17, BetVictor Gold Cup Day. Run over two and a half miles, the G3 contest is one of the richest handicap chases of the season with a total prize fund of £160,000. Mister Whitaker (Mick Channon) and Rather Be (Nicky Henderson) fought out the finish to the Listed Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase over course and distance at The…

Sky Bet renews Supreme Novices’ Hurdle sponsorship for five more years

  Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce that Sky Bet will sponsor the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners for another five years. The two-mile contest is the first race on Champion Day (Tuesday, March 12, 2019) and the traditional curtain-raiser to the four-day extravaganza. Leeds-based Sky Bet first supported the G1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2014, and the extension of its sponsorship will take Sky Bet’s backing of the G1 contest up until at least 2023 – 10…

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