Ifandbutwhynot aiming for more Open glory in StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Trainer David O’Meara is looking forward to seeing Ifandbutwhynot return to The Open at Cheltenham for the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday, November 17.   The seven-year-old captured the Countryside Raceday Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at the meeting last year and returned to Prestbury Park for the Grade Three Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle at The Festival, in which he was sent off joint-favourite but could only finish ninth.   He fell at the last in the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle at…

Cheltenham Racecourse Stable Visit – Martin Keighley

Martin Keighley hosted a stable visit for the media before The Open, run over three days this weekend at Cheltenham, at his 35-horse yard at Luckley near Condicote, Gloucestershire, this morning (Tuesday, November 12).   It was an almost perfect autumn morning, with the sun shining, as stable star Champion Court did his final piece of work before taking part in the feature £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday, November 16.   Champion Court has been strongly backed today with the sponsor Paddy Power;…

Cheltenham Racecourse Stable Visit – Nigel Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the Paddy Power Gold Cup three times, making him the most successful current trainer in the race.   He saddles Astracad for the £160,000 handicap chase and showed his string to media on the gallops at his Grange Hill Farm yard near Naunton in Gloucestershire this morning (Tuesday, November 12). Paddy Power price up Astracad at 25/1.   The trainer said: “Astracad is likely to be our runner in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He ran a very good race at…

West Wizard heads 13 entries in Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial

West Wizard, ante-post favourite for this season’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, could lay down an early Festival marker in the £30,000 Grade Two Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham this Sunday, November 17.   The extended two-mile contest is sponsored by Sky Bet for the first time this year as part of the Leeds-based bookmaker’s  “Road To Cheltenham” that culminates with the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival on March 11.   Nicky Henderson’s four-year-old, an 8/1 chance for…

Sky Bet to sponsor Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and other races on the “Road To Cheltenham”

Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce Sky Bet as the new sponsor of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. A five-year deal will see the Leeds-based bookmaker lend its support to the traditional curtain raiser at The Festival. Run over an extended two miles, the roll of honour for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle includes such Festival legends as Flyingbolt, L’Escargot, Bula, Golden Cygnet, Buck House, Hors La Loi III and Brave Inca. Sky Bet will also support two Grade Two novices’ hurdles on “The Road…

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