Record 225 Irish-trained entries for G1 novices’ hurdles & G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners

Please click HERE for full 52-page media information pack containing detailed statistics for the four G1 novices’ hurdles and the G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners    Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Entries are revealed today for the three G1 championship novices’ hurdles at The Festival™ presented by Magners – the £125,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12), the £125,000 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13), and the £125,000 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m, Gold Cup…

Excellent racing on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham tomorrow

Festival Trials Day, the final fixture at Cheltenham before The Festival™ presented by Magners in March, takes places tomorrow, Saturday, January 26, with a fascinating seven-race card commencing at 12.40pm. Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup pointers are likely in the feature £100,000 G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (2.25pm, six runners) over an extended three miles and a furlong. Frodon (Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost) sets the standard with a rating of 169, though he has yet to win a race staged over further than two miles and five furlongs….

Woollacott hoping The Kings Writ can lay down the law on Festival Trials Day

Rapidly improving chaser The Kings Writ is set to step up in class for the £75,000 G3 Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase (1.50pm, 2m 4f 127y, 20 entries), the feature handicap at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 26, Festival Trials Day. Trained in Devon by Kayley Woollacott, The Kings Writ (10st 6lb) has climbed 24lb in the handicap on his last three starts to a rating of 131. The eight-year-old ended last season with an impressive success over three miles in a handicap chase at Exeter….

Nelson River and Brewin’Upastorm to test credentials on Festival Trials Day

Unbeaten hurdler Nelson River is on course for the £32,000 G2 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (12.40pm, 16 entries), one of five Graded contests on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 26. Nelson River is already a winner at Cheltenham this season, having come with a sustained run to land the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial by a length from Fanfan Du Seuil at The International on December 15. The four-year-old has now won three of his five starts since joining trainer Tony Carroll, with a…

When ‘Beef’ met AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald

          Known affectionately as ‘Beef’ since his youth and to all his fans, English professional golfer Andrew Johnston took part in an Extraordinary game of golf on Cheltenham Racecourse against 20-time Champion jockey Sir AP McCoy and ITV presenter and Grand National-winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald. Beef was met by keen golfers AP and Mick for a game of golf on the actual Cheltenham Festival racecourse, where holes were laid and challenges were set. After being weighed out with their golf clubs…

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