Willie Mullins talks about his hopes for The Festival

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival. Mullins has been leading trainer at The Festival for five of the last six years and sent out a record-breaking eight winners in 2015. He is the leading Irish trainer at The Festival, with 48 successes, and currently sits second on the all-time trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson. “People expect a lot from our team,” said Mullins….

Fast-Track Qualifiers at Chelmsford City and Dundalk headline another informative week for the All-Weather Championships

There are two Fast-Track Qualifiers for the All-Weather Championships this week with contests taking place at Chelmsford City on Thursday, March 2 and at Dundalk in Ireland on Friday, March 3. Chelmsford City stages the £20,000 totepoolliveinfo.com Visit For Racing Results Conditions Stakes (7.25pm, 13 entries). The two-mile Polytrack race is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the  £150,000 Betway Marathon over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14, with the winner on Thursday gaining a free…

Convey and Royal Birth book Good Friday places with Lingfield Park victories

Convey and Royal Birth gained their places for All-Weather Championships Finals Day following scintillating Fast-Track Qualifier wins on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 25.     11/2 chance Convey, having his first start since October 1, swooped late to claim the 10-furlong £100,000 Group Three Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm) and secure a free and guaranteed spot in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday, April 14. Stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time, the Sir Michael…

Best season means strong de Bromhead team for The Festival

Henry de Bromhead today discussed some of his leading contenders for The Festival, headed by impressive Thyestes Chase winner Champagne West and Stan James Champion Hurdle hope Petit Mouchoir. The Irish handler has sent out three winners at The Festival, notably Sizing Europe in the 2011 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, and is enjoying his best ever season since taking out a licence in 1999. “We have been very fortunate this season,” said de Bromhead. “We have got some very nice horses and we are very lucky to…

Phil Tufnell and Hector Ó hEochagáin lead BetBright Cup Teams at 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Former cricketer and professional funny man Phil Tufnell, and Irish TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin have been named respective Great Britain and Ireland captains for the 2017 BetBright Cup.   The BetBright Cup (formerly the Prestbury Cup) is awarded to the country with the greatest number of Cheltenham Festival winners. After Great Britain won a narrow victory in 2015, last year the teams couldn’t be separated and it ended in a stalemate on the final day, though a subsequent disqualification gave Ireland a 15-13 advantage….

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