Cheltenham Racecourse to stage first-ever mares only Jump raceday at The April Meeting

 For the first time ever at a Jump racecourse, Cheltenham will host a raceday devoted exclusively to races for fillies and mares.   Taking place on day two of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 19, the mares’ raceday offers a seven-race programme, with £190,000 in prize money. The richest races are the £40,000 Listed European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale and the £40,000 Kingston Stud Supporting The IJF 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Two further Listed contests also form part of the special…

Corinthia Knight heads field of seven for Wednesday’s 32Red Casino Stakes 3-Year-Old Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle

The Archie Watson-trained Corinthia Knight heads seven runners for the£30,000 32Red Casino Race (3.45pm) over five furlongs at Newcastle on Wednesday, February 21. The Tapeta contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier, with the winner guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 32Red 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes over six furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Corinthia Knight (Archie Watson/Edward Greatrex) has won four of his six starts on the All-Weather and last time out recorded a comfortable length and a quarter…

Watersmeet and Lord George to clash in Wednesday’s Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park

Watersmeet is chasing a three-timer in the £25,000 32Red Conditions Race (7.15pm, seven runners) over two miles at Kempton Park on Wednesday, February 21. The Polytrack contest is the third of the four Marathon Fast-Track Qualifiers, with the winner guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. All-Weather specialist Watersmeet (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning) has already captured a Marathon Fast-Track Qualifier this winter when repelling French…

Henderson and Skelton keen for Randox Health Grand National glory at Aintree

  Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson wants to land an elusive first £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14. Britain’s four-time champion Jump trainer has yet to win the four and a quarter-mile contest, having filled the runner-up position with Zongalero (1979) and The Tsarevich (1987). Henderson has three entries in this year’s renewal headed by Gold Present (11st), a 20/1 chance with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. The eight-year-old has landed competitive handicaps at Newbury and Ascot…

Nine go for Fast-Track Qualifier in France tomorrow

Group Three runner-up Royal Julius heads nine runners for the €52,000 Listed Prix Saonois (3.15pm GMT) over a mile at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, tomorrow, Saturday, February 17. The Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sun Bets Mile Championships on the same surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Royal Julius (Jerome Reynier/Vincent Cheminaud) was successful on two of his six starts in 2017, including a Listed contest at Nantes in July, before going down by a short-head in the…

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