The Festival 2017 – all the updated statistics

The Festival 2017 was staged from Tuesday, March 14 through to Friday, March 17 and, for the second year in succession, saw over 260,000 racegoers in attendance at the Home of Jump Racing. A number of landmarks were set at The Festival this year: * There were a record 19 winners trained in Ireland, from the 28 races, enabling Ireland to easily take home the BetBright Cup. Irish-trained horses won six of the seven races on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 16. The previous record number…

First Mohican triumphant in final Fast-Track Qualifier & goes for the final

First Mohican triumphant in final Fast-Track Qualifier & goes for the final A smart piece of riding by Hollie Doyle helped 9/2 chance First Mohican win the two-mile Betway Conditions Race on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 25, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon over the same course and distance on Good Friday (April 14). Doyle always had the nine-year-old stayer on the inner, holding him up in fourth of the five runners before improving to third by half-way. Turning into the…

Snow Leopardess & Deauville Crystal star on Be Wiser Jump Season Finale at Newbury Racecourse

The 2016/17 Jump season at Newbury Racecourse came to a close today, Saturday, March 25, day two of the Be Wiser Jump Season Finale. The official going was Good to Soft, Good in places. There were two £40,000 contests on the seven-race programme, the first up being the Grade Two EBF & TBA Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Finale (3.00pm), a limited handicap over an extended two and a half miles. It was the grey five-year-old Snow Leopardess (Charlie Longsdon/Aidan Coleman, 11st 1lb, 7/1 joint-favourite) who took…

Promising hurdler Don Bersy chasing four-timer at Newbury tomorrow

Tom Symonds is doubly represented on day two of the Be Wiser Jump Season Finale at Newbury tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, headed by the prolific Don Bersy in the OCSL Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (3.35pm, 11 runners), one of two £40,000 handicaps on the card. Don Bersy (Aidan Coleman, 11st 11lb) is tackling the two mile, three-furlong distance for the first time after completing a hat-trick of wins in the Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle at Haydock Park on February 18. The first two legs of the three-timer came…

Johnston pair among runners in Fast-Track Qualifiers at Dundalk and Lingfield Park this weekend

Ireland’s All-Weather track Dundalk stages two Fast-Track Qualifiers tomorrow night, Friday, March 24, headed by the Visit attheraces.com Race (8.30pm, seven runners) over an extended 10 furlongs. The winner of the Polytrack contest is guaranteed a free start in the feature £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over 10 furlongs on the same surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. Top-rated Fire Fighting (Mark Johnston/Pat Smullen), runner-up in last year’s Easter Classic, has been off the course since finishing fifth in a Listed…

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