Keighley hoping for a good Forecast as maximum field goes to post in £150,000 Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday

The G3 Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle (3.35pm) takes place at Ascot this Saturday, December 22, day two of the Christmas Racing Weekend, and has attracted a maximum field of 21 runners. Each-way bettors can look forward to a festive treat with Betfair paying SIX places. Boasting a prize fund of £150,000, the two-mile contest is the second most valuable handicap hurdle run in Britain – only the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury is worth more.   Jolly’s Cracked It (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily, 11st 12lb) heads…

Grand National hero One For Arthur heads 18 contenders for racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase

Grand National hero One For Arthur heads 18 contenders for racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase Last year’s Grand National winner One For Arthur features among 18 entries for the £45,000 G3 racingtv.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2.10pm), highlight on day one of the Yorkshire Christmas Meeting at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26. Lucinda Russell’s stable star became only the second Scottish-trained winner of the Aintree showpiece when beating Cause Of Causes by four and a half lengths in April, 2017, but missed the whole of…

Williams eyeing Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for Clyne

Cheltenham offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the New Year with a tremendous seven-race card on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. New Year’s Day at the Home of Jump Racing boasts a programme offering a total of £260,000 in prize money, with the most valuable race of the day being the £75,000 G3 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase (2m 4f 166y, 2.00pm). Locally-based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has landed this contest for three of the past five years, including in 2018 with…

First race to be named in honour of departing Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood on Betway Challow Hurdle Day

The end of an era will be reached at Newbury on Saturday, December 29, Betway Challow Hurdle Day, when Clerk of the Course Richard Osgood officiates at the track for the final time – 99 years after the first member of the Osgood family joined the racecourse staff. The day will be marked with the first race being renamed in his honour as the Betway ‘Farewell to Richard Osgood’ Juvenile Hurdle. Richard was born and bred on the racecourse site, becoming assistant to his father…

Hawke hoping for Royale day on St James’s Place Christmas Raceday at Newbury tomorrow

Newbury Racecourse stages its penultimate fixture of 2018 tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19, St James’s Place Christmas Raceday. The seven-race programme runs from 12.30pm through to 3.45pm. Mares take centre stage, with the most valuable contest of the afternoon being the £27,500 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares’ Chase (2.15pm) over just short of three miles. The Nigel Hawke-trained Pearl Royale, who will be ridden by Danny Cook, made a stylish return to action when making all under the same rider to land a Listed contest at Carlisle…

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