Mulcahys Hill has Cheltenham in sights with forecast looking favourable

 Warren Greatrex is minded to run Mulcahys Hill in the £32,000 G2 Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27. The promising six-year-old, one of 14 entries for the extended two and a half mile contest, sets the standard with a rating of 147 following his agonising short-head defeat at the hands of Poetic Rhythm in the G1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury on December 30. Potential opposition includes Claimantakinforgan (Nicky Henderson), who is unbeaten in two starts so far this season but…

Record prize money on offer during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree

  A new record amount of prize money in excess of £3.2 million is being offered for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival, which runs at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 12 through to Saturday, April 14 inclusive, it was announced today.   As revealed at the end of 2017, race values across all Jockey Club Racecourses – including Aintree – and at all levels of the sport, are benefiting from an £8-million injection during 2018.   The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival…

L’Ami Serge favourite as 22 go forward for Sky Bet Handicap Chase

Top-class staying hurdler L’Ami Serge is among 22 five-day confirmations for the £80,000 Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase (3.15pm) at Doncaster this Saturday, January 27. The three-mile contest is Doncaster’s richest Jump race of the year and centrepiece of an excellent seven-race card that also features three Grade Two contests plus the £50,000 Sky Bet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker Handicap Chase over two miles. L’Ami Serge (Nicky Henderson, 11st 5lb), winner of the G1 French Champion Hurdle in June, has not raced over fences since finishing…

O’Brien duo ready for Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday

 Cheltenham stages Festival Trials Day this Saturday, January 27, with a superb seven-race programme worth a record £354,000 in prize money. Festival Trials Day offers the last chance to catch action at the Home of Jump Racing before The Festival (Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16 inclusive). The richest race and highlight of Festival Trials Day is the £100,000 G2 BetBright Cotswold Trial Chase (2.25pm, 10 entries), staged over an extended three miles and a furlong and a leading trial for the G1 Timico…

Mulholland eyes Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day for progressive Tikkanbar

Promising novice Tikkanbar is set for another step up in class in the £32,000 G2 Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 27. Tikkanbar (Neil Mulholland) doubled his tally over hurdles last time out in the Listed Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle over the same course and distance on New Year’s Day, when he made all on heavy ground to beat Ainchea by a length and a half. The seven-year-old, who runs in the colours of…

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