Stan James Champion Hurdle entries revealed as Hurricane Fly chases third success

ch2014mg3final  15th January 2014 – Defending champion Hurricane Fly (3/1 joint-favourite with Stan James) headlines 18 entries for the £400,000 Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle over an extended two miles, the highlight on the first day of The Festival, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11.   The Willie Mullins-trained star will be bidding to become the sixth three-time winner of hurdling’s top race and  the first since Istabraq, who triumphed for Aidan O’Brien in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and the first not in successive years….

Mart Lane set for Sky Bet Chase

The Paul Nicholls-trained pair of Unioniste (11st 12lb, 14/1 with Sky Bet) and The Minack (11st 11lb, 20/1) head the weights for the £75,000 Listed Sky Bet Chase over three miles at Doncaster on Saturday, January 25. Nicholls is also responsible for improving novice Sam Winner (11st 6lb), who is the 12/1 favourite with Sky Bet, course scorer Harry The Viking (10st 2lb, 20/1), who is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, French import Mon Parrain (11st 4lb, 25/1) and Pacha Du Polder (11st 7lb, 33/1)….

Meadowcroft Boy steps up in class for Sky Bet Supreme Trial

  Meadowcroft Boy (9/1 with Sky Bet) will bid to extend his unbeaten record to four in the £27,500 Grade Two Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm, 13 entries) over two miles at Haydock Park on Saturday, January 18.   The Alistair Whillans-trained five-year-old developed into a leading bumper performer last season, following up his debut win at Newcastle in March with a decisive length and a quarter success in the valuable DBS Spring Sales Bumper at Ayr in April.   He made an…

Bloodstock Auction to be part of this year’s Cheltenham Festival

  Brightwells Auctioneers and Cheltenham Racecourse announce a new Bloodstock Sale to be staged at this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, March 13 after racing.   The sale will comprise of a limited number of high class National Hunt form horses, which will be pre-selected for this inaugural event.   Brightwells, who developed the concept of the Cheltenham Sales, have in a short period of time distinguished themselves as the leading auctioneers within this niche market.   “It is every owner’s dream to own a…

Alutiq returns for Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park on Wednesday

  Classy performer Alutiq heads a field of six for the £19,000 Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Conditions Stakes over six furlongs on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Wednesday, January 15, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the new All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday.   The Eve Johnson Houghton-trained filly made a winning debut on the same surface over five furlongs at Kempton Park in April, 2013. She has raced on turf since and captured a five-furlong conditions contest at Newbury the following month. She…

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