Novice events take shape with 20 days to go until The Festival

ch2013mg10 There are only 20 days until The Festival 2013 gets underway and the build up continues with the unveiling of the latest confirmations for the eight outstanding novices’ hurdles and novices’ chases run over the four days, March 12 to 15 inclusive. The Festival curtain raiser is the £120,000 Grade One WILLIAM HILL SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. A total of 53 horses go forward for the extended two-mile contest with Timeform rating impressive Betfair Hurdle scorer My Tent Or…

All the news and quotes from David Pipe stable visit on February 19

DAVID PIPE STABLE VISIT TODAY Pond House, Nicholashayne, Somerset PLEASE SEE THE TRAINER’S COMMENTS BY EACH HORSE BELOW   Synopsis – David Pipe is the son of 15-time champion Jump trainer Martin Pipe, who sent out a record 4,180 winners including 34 at the Cheltenham Festival and six at Royal Ascot. In 2009, Pipe senior, who helps his son, was honoured with the creation of a new race at the Cheltenham Festival, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.   David himself has saddled nearly…

All the news and quotes from Nicky Henderson stable visit on February 18

NICKY HENDERSON STABLE VISIT WITH TRAINER COMMENTS Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Berkshire HENDERSON ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The trainer commented today: “We all hope for a really good week, great weather and excellent ground while, as always, there will be fantastic racing. “The Festival is not only the pinnacle of our year but it is one of the highlights of the whole racing and sporting calendar. “If it goes well, the week is even better but we will enjoy it anyway. We will take the week as…

Cheltenham’s website on shortlist for top award

Cheltenham Racecourse’s popular website – www.cheltenham.co.uk – has been shortlisted for the Sport Website of the Year at the prestigious Sports Industry Awards which are announced on May 2. Entries for the 15 categories were up 30 per cent on the previous record level and Cheltenham faces strong competition from five high-profile sport websites – BBC, Channel 4′s Paralympics offering, The Daily Telegraph, Wimbledon and Teamer. Andy Clifton, Cheltenham Racecourse’s Communications Manager who has overall responsibility for www.cheltenham.co.uk, said: “It is tremendous news that our…

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…

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