12 riders lined up to take part in next year’s St Patrick’s Derby at The Festival

Monday 2nd December – 12 lucky riders are announced today as the jockeys who will line up for next year’s St Patrick’s Derby, which takes place during The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday, March 13. The fifth renewal of the charity race, which has raised over £800,000 so far for Cancer Research UK, sees a line-up of jockeys from all walks of life, some of whom currently work in racing and others that have careers outside the sport. The 12 riders are Channel 4…

French stars lined up to raid The International at Cheltenham next month

High-profile French challengers Gemix and Seabreeze d’Ho intend to test their Cheltenham Festival credentials in two of the feature hurdle races on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14, at the Home of Jump Racing. Trainer Nicolas Bertran de Balanda is hoping Gemix can lay down an early marker for the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle in March when the five-year-old lines up in the £40,000 Grade Two Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles. Gemix announced himself…

Johns Spirit has December Gold Cup option

Jonjo O’Neill’s Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Johns Spirit is among 35 entries for the £100,000 December Gold Cup, run at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14. O’Neill completed the Paddy Power Gold Cup and December Gold Cup double in 2006 with Exotic Dancer, who became only the third horse to win both contests in the same season after Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Pegwell Bay (1988). Johns Spirit, owned by Christopher Johnston, is unbeaten in two starts this season…

Alvarado lined up for Cheltenham return at The International next month

20th November 2013 – Alvarado is likely to return to Cheltenham for the £45,000 Grade Three Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase over three miles, one and a half furlongs on the first day of The International, Friday, December 13.   The eight-year-old bounced right back to his best at The Open with a comfortable two-length success in the Grade Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase over just short of three and a half miles on November 16.   Fergal O’Brien’s charge had previously run encouragingly on his…

All the news on Open Sunday

RECORD ATTENDANCE AT THE OPEN   A record attendance of 71,336 at The Open 2013 was seen over the three days of the meeting.   Record crowds on the first two days of 20,626 and 34,869 added to 15,841 today produced the best figure ever at The Open.   The previous highest of 70,551 happened last year, while the third-best attendance was 70,194 back in 2007.   Ian Renton, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses and in charge of Cheltenham, said: “It has been a…

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