Buveur D’Air clear favourite as 23 entries unveiled for Unibet Champion Hurdle

 Hot favourite Buveur D’Air is one of 23 entries for the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle, worth a record £450,000, at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Buveur D’Air (Nicky Henderson), the 4/6 market leader with Unibet, gained the two-mile hurdling crown in 2017 with a convincing victory over stablemate My Tent Or Yours (12/1). The seven-year-old has looked imperious in two starts so far this season, following up his facile success in Newcastle’s G1 Unibet Fighting Fifth Hurdle with an easy victory…

Favourite Lalor handed 10st 6lb as weights revealed for Betfair Hurdle at Newbury

Weights are unveiled today for the £155,000 G3 Betfair Hurdle, Britain’s richest handicap hurdle, run at Newbury Racecourse on Betfair Super Saturday, February 10, 2018. Heading the weights for the Betfair Hurdle, which is staged over two miles and 69 yards, is Defi Du Seuil (Philip Hobbs, 11st 12lb, 14/1 with Betfair), who went through last season unbeaten in seven starts, including G1 victories at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals. The J P McManus-owned five-year-old disappointed on his only start so far in the current campaign, when…

Saint Calvados going for back-to-back successes as Newbury’s action gets underway for 2018

  Newbury Racecourse stages its first fixture of 2018 tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, with a fascinating six-race programme on Betfred Day.   Betfred Day is the first of 29 racedays at Newbury in 2018, with record prize money of over £5 million on offer during the next 12 months.   The two richest races tomorrow are the Betfred Mobile Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (2.25pm, four runners) over an extended two miles and the Betfred Treble Odds On All Lucky 15s Handicap Chase (3.00pm, 10 runners),…

Danzan and Corinthia Knight go in Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park tomorrow

Classy three-year-olds Danzan and Corinthia Knight clash in the £25,000 Matchbook Betting Podcast Conditions Race (6.40pm, five runners) over six furlongs at Kempton Park tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16. The winner of this Fast-Track Qualifier is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships over the same distance at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Danzan (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy) took a Pontefract maiden by 10 lengths in July and ended the campaign with a respectable eighth, beaten four and a half lengths,…

Record prize money of £13.45 million at Ascot in 2018

Ascot Racecourse today announced that prize money for 2018 for its 25 racedays (excluding the industry-owned QIPCO British Champions Day) will be a record £13,452,000. This represents an increase of £1.2 million, 10% up on the 2017 figure of £12,229,000. Royal Ascot will be worth over £7 million for the first time at £7,305,000 (2017: £6,665,000, +10%) whilst the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) in July is up £100,000 to £1,250,000, the most the race has ever been run for….

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