Novices’ events at The Festival take shape

With just under three weeks until The Festival gets underway, the novices’ chases and hurdles over the four days are taking shape with the unveiling of the latest acceptors following the February 21 scratchings deadline. Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14, gets underway with the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm), for which there are 58 acceptors. These include last month’s hugely impressive Leopardstown winner Melon (Willie Mullins IRE) and Moon Racer (David Pipe), who took the 2015 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival and is undefeated in…

Henderson quietly confident before The Festival

Nicky Henderson said today at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of The Festival that his strong team for the four days next month has “a bit of strength and a bit of depth”. The Festival’s leading trainer, with 55 successes, enjoyed two winners last year, Sprinter Sacre in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and Altior in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Altior is the trainer’s number one hope this year, going for the G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase…

Nicholls looking forward to The Festival

Paul Nicholls today talked about his big team for The Festival at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse to Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Somerset. While he may be lacking ammunition in the five main championship races over the four days, Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17, the 10-time champion Jump trainer in Britain spoke encouragingly about many of his charges. He is leading the way again in the trainers’ championship and is keen to hang on to the advantage he has built…

Statue of Sir A P McCoy to be unveiled on Champion Day

Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce that a statue of Sir A P McCoy will be unveiled on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14. The lifesize bronze of the record-breaking legendary jockey will be situated on the Best Mate Plaza by the north entrance to the racecourse. It was crafted by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter, who boasts an extensive portfolio including the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition and leading golfers. Ferriter also produced the statue of jockeys Martin…

The most successful trainers of all time at The Festival

Please click here for media information pack in full as a PDF document     Wins Trainer Wins Trainer 55 Nicky Henderson (1985-present) 17 David Nicholson (1986-1999) 48 Willie Mullins IRE (1995-present) 17 Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992-present) 40 Fulke Walwyn (1946-86) 15 Harry Brown (1920-1938) 40 Paul Nicholls (1999-present) 15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-1936) 34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006) 15 Alan King (2004-present) 28 Fred Winter (1970-1988) 15 Tom Rimell (1927-1949) 27 Fred Rimell (1948-1981) 14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-1979) 26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-1971) 14 David Pipe…

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