All the news from the eve of The Festival presented by Magners

CHELTENHAM GROUND ‘IN LOVELY NICK’ AHEAD OF THE FESTIVAL   Just over 24 hours before The Festival™ presented by Magners 2019 gets underway, Cheltenham Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse discussed the current state of the ground and what he is expecting the weather to do over the next few days.   He said: “I was delighted after Nicky Henderson came in yesterday, having walked the course, saying that it was in lovely nick, Good to Soft, Soft in places. We had a bit of rain…

Presenting Percy and Clan Des Obeaux head 20 six-day confirmations for Friday’s Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Dual Festival hero Presenting Percy and this season’s G1 32Red King George VI Chase victor Clan Des Obeaux headline 20 six-day confirmations for the £625,000 G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, the centrepiece of Gold Cup Day at The Festival™ presented by Magners, Friday, March 15. Presenting Percy captured the 2017 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle and the 2018 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase, although the eight-year-old has yet to race over fences this season and is trying to emulate the great Easter Hero in 1929 by winning…

Above The Rest takes sunracing.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes to qualify for Finals Day

It has been a tremendous 48 hours for North Yorkshire-based trainer David Barron and today he landed the £50,000 Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes (3.15pm) on Tapeta at Wolverhampton with Above The Rest. The extended seven-furlong Tapeta contest was the final Fast-Track Qualifier of the sixth All-Weather Championships, with Above The Rest gaining a free and guaranteed place in the £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on the £1-million All-Weather Finals Day, Good Friday, April 19. Above The Rest (David Barron/Clifford Lee,…

With exactly a week to go, Presenting Percy is all set for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

  Friday, March 8, 2019 - It is now exactly one week until the runners are set to go to post in the highlight of The Festival™ presented by Magners, the £625,000 G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Blue Riband of chasing is scheduled to go off at 3.30pm on Friday, March 15. Presenting Percy is currently vying for favouritism for the extended three mile and two furlong contest. On his one outing so far this season, Presenting Percy was successful in the G2 John Mulhern Galway Hurdle…

Paisley Park and Faugheen headline 28 confirmations for Thursday’s G1 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle

  Friday, March 8, 2019 - Paisley Park and Faugheen are among 28 six-day acceptors for the £325,000 G1 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle (3.30pm), one of two championship races at Cheltenham on day three of The Festival™ presented by Magners, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14. Paisley Park, trained by Emma Lavelle in Wiltshire, is the strong favourite for the three-mile (2m 7f 213y) hurdling feature, having carried all before him in four starts so far this season. His winning streak includes the G1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December,…

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