Final Festival entries revealed

ch2013mg13final Entries for all 27 races at The Festival are now in the public domain with the unveiling of the contenders for the Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the CGA Foxhunter Chase today. Quevega heads 36 entries for the £85,000 Grade Two OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. The Willlie Mullins-trained nine-year-old is bidding to become only the second horse to win a race at The Festival on five occasions following Golden Miller, who captured…

Donald McCain talks about The Festival

Bankhouse Stables, Cholmondeley, Cheshire   Please see Donald’s comments under each horse below   Synopsis – Son of an Aintree legend; Donald McCain has established himself as the north’s leading trainer since taking over the reins from his father in 2006.   Has finished third in the trainers’ championship behind Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson for the past two seasons (2010/2011 & 2011/2012). Currently lies third in this season’s championship (based on prize money), adrift of Nicholls and Henderson again, but has sent out more…

Nigel Twiston-Davies reflects ahead of The Festival

Nigel Twiston-Davies is looking forward to The Festival: “I am feeling really quite happy – nobody is expecting an awful lot. It wasn’t fun in the build-up when Commander was favourite for the Gold Cup. Everybody thought he would win and so did I – in a way only things can go wrong then. When you are not expected, it is more fun the better you do rather than a kick in the nuts when you get beat. “We have the Commander back and some…

Record Festival handicap entries revealed

ch2013mg11final A new record total of 1,145 entries is revealed today for the 11 handicaps at The Festival, which takes place at Cheltenham from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15 inclusive. The previous record number of entries for the 11 handicaps was 1,097 in 2009. In addition, Irish trainers have made more entries than ever before for the current programme of 11 handicaps – 302 as against the previous highest of 227 last year. The Festival opens on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12 with…

All the news and quotes from Paul Nicholls stable visit on February 20

The trainer said at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of The Festival – March 12-15: “This time last year we were in a bit of a different place – I had to cancel the media visit because the horses were coughing and we went into the 2012 Festival on the back of having a nightmare. “This year, things have been totally different. We have had loads of winners, the horses are really well and healthy. We are much happier going into…

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