Henderson quintet heads 40 entries for Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

ch2013mg1final The countdown to The Festival 2013 heats up today with the unveiling of the entries for the Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15 and boasts a record prize fund of £550,000 (up from £500,000 in 2012). A total of 40 entries have been received for chasing’s Blue Riband, which takes place over an extended three and a quarter miles, with Nicky Henderson responsible for five contenders. The master of Seven Barrows looks to hold…

Sacre heads Champion Chase 17

ch2013mg2 Jump racing’s rising star Sprinter Sacre heads 17 entries for the £350,000 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the feature race on day two of The Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13. Nicky Henderson’s performer enjoyed an unbeaten novice chase campaign which culminated with a faultless seven-length success over Cue Card in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at The Festival last year and another easy Grade One triumph at Aintree. The seven-year-old started this season in breathtaking fashion when thrashing…

Four previous winners among 34 entries for Stan James Champion Hurdle

ch2013mg3final Defending champion Rock On Ruby (10/1 with the sponsor) is one of four previous winners among 34 entries for this year’s Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle, the feature race on day one of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12. The race is worth a record £400,000. Harry Fry’s stable star scored by three and three quarter lengths in last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle, when trained by Paul Nicholls, and made an encouraging return for his new handler when chasing home Zarkandar…

Record entry for Ladbrokes World Hurdle

ch2013mg4final A record 61 entries have been received for the £275,000 Grade One Ladbroke World Hurdle over three miles, the highlight on day three of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14. Big Buck’s, who has won the past four renewals of the prestigious contest, is not among the entries due to injury but his trainer Paul Nicholls has made six entries headed by Grade One-winning chasers Tidal Bay and Kauto Stone, and unexposed French import Wonderful Charm. Oscar Whisky has been in imperious form…

Great Novice Chase Entries at The Festival

ch2013mg5final The entries are revealed today for the four novice chases staged at The Festival from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15. The Grade One RACING POST ARKLE CHASE, run over two miles, promises to be one of the races of The Festival with Simonsig, who won last year’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, and the 2012 Stan James Champion Hurdle runner-up Overturn among the 33 entries. Ireland’s big hope Arvika Ligeonniere is also engaged. As well as Simonsig, Nicky Henderson has also entered…

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