Phil Tufnell and Hector Ó hEochagáin lead BetBright Cup Teams at 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Former cricketer and professional funny man Phil Tufnell, and Irish TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin have been named respective Great Britain and Ireland captains for the 2017 BetBright Cup.   The BetBright Cup (formerly the Prestbury Cup) is awarded to the country with the greatest number of Cheltenham Festival winners. After Great Britain won a narrow victory in 2015, last year the teams couldn’t be separated and it ended in a stalemate on the final day, though a subsequent disqualification gave Ireland a 15-13 advantage….

New Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Leading Owner Award at The Festival

A new award for the leading owner at The Festival in 2017 is being introduced by Cheltenham Racecourse, which will be sponsored by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. The jockeys and trainers have had awards for many years at The Festival, with the Boodles Leading Jockey Award and the Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award presented. The new Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Leading Owner Award will go to the owner who registers most wins over the four days of The Festival. If there is a tie, placed horses will…

Tizzard keenly anticipating The Festival

Colin Tizzard paraded 11 horses before the media at a windy Spurles Farm Stables on the Somerset/Dorset border this morning, Thursday, February 23, ahead of The Festival next month. The trainer has plenty of entries over the four days, headed by Cue Card, Native River and Theatre Guide, who runs at Kempton on Saturday, in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 17. He said: “Native River has shown what a good horse he is this season, winning the Hennessy and Coral…

Handicap entries for The Festival revealed

  Please click here to view full media pack as a PDF document   Thursday, February 23, 2017 -A total of 960 entries, including 291 trained in Ireland, are unveiled today for the 10 handicaps staged at The Festival. The £105,000 G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (2.50pm) on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14, has attracted 102 entries including Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls) and Road To Riches (Noel Meade IRE), who also hold entries in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, plus leading Randox Health Grand National contender The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey). Three…

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…

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