George and Smith mulling Cleeve options as Festival Trials Day approaches at Cheltenham

  Festival Trials Day takes place at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 26 and offers racegoers the final opportunity to visit the Home of Jump Racing ahead of The Festival™ presented by Magners (Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15). The seven-race programme on Festival Trials Day features the £100,000 G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (2.25pm), staged over three miles and a furlong and a leading trial for the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Looks Like Trouble (2000), Master Oats (1996) and Little Owl (1981) landed both contests…

Nicholls excited by Give Me A Copper return on New Year’s Day at the Home of Jump Racing

Jump Racing gets off to the perfect start in 2019 with a tremendous seven-race card at Cheltenham tomorrow, New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1. New Year’s Day at Cheltenham offers a fabulous mix of Graded action and competitive handicaps – the gates open at 10.30am and accompanied children aged 17 and under gain FREE admission. All racehorses become a year older on the day. The richest race on New Year’s Day is the £75,000 Download The BetBright App Handicap Chase (2.00pm, nine runners) over an…

Cheltenham all set for New Year’s Day, with terrific racing in prospect

Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes in 2019 with an excellent seven-race programme on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, featuring three Graded contests and offering £260,000 in prize money. All racehorses become a year older on the day. Top-class mares Benie Des Dieux and Laurina could have their first starts of the season in the £50,000 G2 Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (3.10pm, 11 entries) over an extended two and a half miles. Trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins, both were successful at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March, with Benie…

Williams eyeing Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for Clyne

Cheltenham offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the New Year with a tremendous seven-race card on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. New Year’s Day at the Home of Jump Racing boasts a programme offering a total of £260,000 in prize money, with the most valuable race of the day being the £75,000 G3 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2m 4f 166y, 2.00pm). Locally-based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has landed this contest for three of the past five years, including in 2018 with…

Frodon creates history with brilliant Caspian Caviar Gold Cup victory today at Cheltenham

Frodon became only the second dual winner of the G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm) with a tremendous weight-carrying performance in the feature £130,000 handicap chase on day two of The International at Cheltenham. The six-year-old, who captured the extended two and a half mile contest in 2016, provided trainer Paul Nicholls with a record fifth victory in the race and emulated his stable-companion Poquelin, who won in 2009 and 2010. Top-weight Frodon (11st 12lb), runner-up in the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at The November…

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