Henderson leads the pack at The Festival. Festival glory a boost to the flourishing career of Rebecca Curtis

ch2013mg9final Trainer Nicky Henderson saddled a record seven winners at The Festival in 2012, taking his total successes at the meeting to 46. This enabled the master of Seven Barrows to become the most successful trainer of all time at The Festival, overtaking Fulke Walwyn’s longstanding record of 40 winners. Henderson has taken The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at The Festival nine times in total (sharing it three times). Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls has been leading trainer at The Festival six times and…

Championship contests take shape with under four weeks to go

There is now just under four weeks until The Festival 2013 gets underway and the countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the five Grade One championship contests following the February 12 scratchings deadline. The Festival begins on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12, when the highlight is the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle. A total of 22 horses remain in the extended two-mile contest with Timeform making the 2011 winner Hurricane Fly, who is unbeaten in four starts since finishing third…

Bonhams Men’s Open Race Point-to-Point Race series culminates with new contest at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening

The Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) and Cheltenham Racecourse are pleased to announce the inclusion of the 2013 Bonhams Men’s Open Race Point-to-Point Race Series in the 2013 Point-to-Point calendar, culminating in an exciting new contest at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening on May 1 Bonhams, a privately-owned British auction house which is one of the oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is delighted to join forces with Point-to-Pointing and link its name to a prestigious Men’s Open Race Series. The Series comprises of 15…

Gold Cup Day A Sell-out in Best Mate Enclosure

  There is now little over a month to go until the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 15, and the countdown intensified yesterday with the victories of leading contenders Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs respectively in the Denman Chase at Newbury and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Not surprisingly, tickets and badges for Gold Cup Day are proving popular and the Best Mate Enclosure is now sold out completely for March 15. There is still…

Leading jockeys at The Festival

ch2013mg7final Ruby Walsh, the record holder, enjoyed two winners at The Festival in 2012 as did A P (Tony) McCoy, the 17-time champion Jump jockey, but it was Barry Geraghty, who landed the Thomas Pink Award for being the most successful rider over the four days in March with five victories, Geraghty’s total number of winners at The Festival jumped to 25, putting him in third place among current jockeys and equal third since 1945. He also enjoyed five victories at The Festival when leading…

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