Samcro and Footpad among latest acceptors for The Festival

The countdown to The Festival continues today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the championship novices’ chases and novices’ hurdles, following yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline. Favourite Getabird (Willie Mullins IRE), rated 164p with Timeform, heads 53 confirmations for The Festival curtain-raiser, the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m) on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Unbeaten hurdler If The Cap Fits (Harry Fry) and G1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle victor Summerville Boy (Tom George), both rated 163p, also go forward alongside impressive G3 Betfair Hurdle scorer Kalashnikov (Amy Murphy, 162 with Timeform)….

Corinthia Knight lands second Fast-Track Qualifier with all the way success at Newcastle

Corinthia Knight (Archie Watson/Edward Greatrex, 11/10 Fav) gained his second Fast-Track Qualifier of the 2017/18 All-Weather Championships when making all for an impressive success in the five-furlong £30,000 32Red Casino Conditions Race at Newcastle today, Wednesday, February 21. The Society Rock colt had previously won a Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park on January 16 and now heads to the £150,000 32Red 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships over six furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Breaking from stall seven, Corinthia…

Stoute pair among 14 confirmations for £100,000 Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park on Saturda

Last year’s winner Convey is one of 14 five-day confirmations for the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm), the highlight of an excellent seven-race card at Lingfield Park this Saturday, February 24. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest is of the highlights of the All-Weather Championships and a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Convey (Sir Michael Stoute, 13/2 with Betway) landed both races last year in good style, after which he…

Bogart could take a starring role in Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton Park on Saturday

  Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” continues this weekend with the £30,000 G2 Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm, 11 entries) at Kempton Park on Saturday, February 24. The two-mile contest is the sixth of seven races in Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” which culminates with the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of The Festival at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Mont Des Avaloirs (Paul Nicholls, 2/1 favourite with Sky Bet) is top-rated among Saturday’s entries on 141 after finishing…

Nicky Henderson talks stable stars ahead of The Festival

Nicky Henderson, the winning-most trainer in the history of The Festival, hosted a well-attended media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse today at his Seven Barrows Stables just to the north of Lambourn, Berkshire. He paraded his leading hopes for The Festival, Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours, first and second in last year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle which is their target again, Might Bite, the 2017 RSA Novices’ Chase victor, who is going for the feature Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Altior, successful last year in the Racing Post Arkle Novices’…

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