Blaklion heads 105 entries for the Randox Health Grand National

      Ante-post favourite Blaklion headlines 105 excellent entries for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14 – the 171st running – details of which are revealed today. Staged over four and a quarter miles and 30 fences, the Randox Health Grand National is the world’s richest and greatest chase – the highlight of Aintree’s famous three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival. Last year’s fourth Blaklion, one of six entries for dual Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, looked as good as ever…

Thirsk moves key fixture to Wetherby to alleviate Tour de Yorkshire clash – the full reasons why

Following the announcement in December that Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire cycling event will be routed directly through the centre of Thirsk on Saturday, May 5, the British Horseracing Authority has agreed to a fixture exchange between Thirsk and Wetherby Racecourses.   The Saturday, May 5 Flat fixture was scheduled at Thirsk, but is now very impractical to stage there due to the Tour de Yorkshire and instead will take place at Wetherby. Conversely the Tuesday, May 8 Flat raceday that was…

Western out to Ryde to glory for Greatrex in Sunday’s Sky Bet Scottish Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Musselburgh

  Sky Bet’s ”Road to Cheltenham” moves on to Musselburgh this Sunday, February 4, with the £20,000G2SkyBetSupreme Scottish TrialNovices’ Hurdle (2.00pm, 10 entries). The two-mile contest is the fifth of seven races in Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” which culminates with the£125,000G1SkyBetSupremeNovices’Hurdle,theopeningraceofTheFestivalatCheltenhamonTuesday,March13,2018. Western Ryder (Warren Greatrex, 5/1 with Sky Bet) could bid to regain the winning thread following a disappointing fourth in the G1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown Park on January 6. The six-year-old son of Westerner, fifth in the G1 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last year, gained consecutive victories…

Dascombe duo among excellent Fast-Track Qualifier entries for Lingfield Park this Saturday

Lingfield Park hosts two Listed Fast-Track Qualifiers this Saturday, February 3, including the £45,000 Betway Winter Derby Trial (3.05pm), won last year by subsequent three-time G1 victor Decorated Knight. The winner of the 10-furlong Polytrack contest, which has attracted 15 entries, receives a free and automatic place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, March 30. Petite Jack (Archie Watson, pictured below) has already scored over the same course and distance this season, having edged out Mia Tesoro (Charlie Fellowes) and Utmost (John Gosden) in a…

Exciting mare Pearl Royale among 17 excellent entries for totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase

Wetherby Racecourse stages its annual Totepool Medieval Day this Saturday, February 3, with a seven-race card headlined by the £35,000 G2 totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase (2.40pm, 17 entries). Run over three miles and 45 yards, the totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase is named in honour of the Battle of Towton, which was fought just 10 miles from the racecourse in March, 1461, during the War of the Roses. Mr Mulligan took the inaugural running in 1996 before going on to capture the Cheltenham Gold Cup the…

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