Gold Cup Day A Sell-out in Best Mate Enclosure

  There is now little over a month to go until the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of The Festival, Friday, March 15, and the countdown intensified yesterday with the victories of leading contenders Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs respectively in the Denman Chase at Newbury and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Not surprisingly, tickets and badges for Gold Cup Day are proving popular and the Best Mate Enclosure is now sold out completely for March 15. There is still…

Closing date for writing awards for young people – Martin Wills Memorial Trust

Entries for the 21st annual Wills Writing Awards close on Thursday, February 28. The Awards are for creative writing around a horseracing theme by young people. There are prizes for the winner and runner-up in three categories – under 26s/19s/15s. The Awards, whose judges are chaired by Brough Scott for the 11th successive year, offer £3,125 in prizes, an expenses-paid day at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, and the opportunity for the winners to be published. Employees of the national and racing press,…

Weights for John Smith’s Grand National revealed on Tuesday, February 12

The countdown to this year’s John Smith’s Grand National continues on Tuesday, February 12, when the annual launch is held in London and includes the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase. A total of 83 entries remain in the famous handicap chase and, with a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National is the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. This year’s John Smith’s Grand National takes place on Saturday, April 6,…

Leading jockeys at The Festival

ch2013mg7final Ruby Walsh, the record holder, enjoyed two winners at The Festival in 2012 as did A P (Tony) McCoy, the 17-time champion Jump jockey, but it was Barry Geraghty, who landed the Thomas Pink Award for being the most successful rider over the four days in March with five victories, Geraghty’s total number of winners at The Festival jumped to 25, putting him in third place among current jockeys and equal third since 1945. He also enjoyed five victories at The Festival when leading…

84 for 2013 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree

The 166th running of the world’s greatest chase, the John Smith’s Grand National, has attracted a high-class entry of 84, an increase of two on the 2012 figure. With a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National remains the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. The Aintree contest will take place over the new distance of four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards on Saturday, April 6, with the start moved closer to the first…

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