Gigginstown duo First Lieutenant and Sir Des Champs both going for Gold

First Lieutenant, an impressive winner of Aintree’s Grade 1 Betfred Bowl on Friday, is likely to join Gigginstown House Stud’s strong team in what promises to be a great renewal of the €150,000 the Bet Online With The Tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival on Wednesday, April 24. The Mouse Morris-trained eight-year-old is set to line up alongside the same owner’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs (trained by Willie Mullins) and dual Grade 1 winner Quito De La Roque (trained by…

Record 17 second entries for 2013 Investec Derby

A record 17 second entries are revealed today for the 2013 Investec Derby, which takes place over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1. The premier Classic has a prize fund of at least £1.325 million and is Britain’s richest race.   The second entry stage provides connections who did not enter at the initial yearling stage the opportunity to add three-year-olds to the premier Classic at a cost of £8,000. There were five second stage entries in 2012 and…

Hunt Ball chasing more Cheltenham glory at next week’s April Meeting

Meeting: The April Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 2013 Gates Open: 12 noon First Race: 2.10pm Wednesday, 2pm Thursday Admission prices from £9. Go to www.cheltenham.co.uk for further information   Trainer Keiran Burke is hoping that Hunt Ball can continue his excellent recent form with victory in the £50,000 Grade Two Macmillan Cancer Support Silver Trophy Chase (3.55pm) on day one of Cheltenham’s April Meeting, Wednesday, April 17.   The eight-year-old bounced back to his best on good to firm ground…

Superb entries for Punchestown

Most of jump racing’s biggest stars are among the Grade 1 entries announced today for the 2013 Punchestown Festival staged from Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 27. There is prize money of €2.2 million on offer over the five days and some thrilling battles between the cream of Britain and Ireland’s top performers are on the cards. HENDERSON CONFIRMS LONG RUN AND RIVERSIDE Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs, trained by Willie Mullins, is set to face some stiff opposition in his bid…

Tremendous Viewing Figures For The Grand National At Aintree Yesterday

John Baker, the man in charge of Aintree Racecourse, reacted to the high viewing figures released earlier today by Channel 4, which covered the John Smith’s Grand National for the first time. The Regional Director North West of Jockey Club Racecourses said: “The Channel 4 viewing figures for yesterday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree are phenomenal. “Beforehand we reckoned that a peak audience of 7 million would be great so to get nearly 9 million, beating three of the last four BBC audiences, is…

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