Court Minstrel on course for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Evan Williams said today that Court Minstrel is being aimed at the £100,000 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle, which takes place over an extended two miles on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 17.   The six-year-old progressed into a high-class performer last season, capturing the Sussex Champion Hurdle on the way to an easy two and a quarter length success in the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April.   He was sent off favourite for a two-mile Listed handicap…

Pine Creek on course for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

John Ferguson is aiming Pine Creek (10st 12lb – 10/1 joint-favourite with Stan James) at the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle over two miles on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 17.   The five-year-old, who is the 10/1 joint favourite with Stan James, won on two of his four starts over hurdles last term and returned to action with a comfortable success in a competitive two-mile Listed handicap hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, November 2.   Ferguson is also…

Gollings could aim Conquisto at Paddy Power Gold Cup as weights are revealed

Finian’s Rainbow (11st 12lb – 14/1 with Paddy Power) heads the weights for the £160,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, the highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 16.   The 10-year-old won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in 2012 and is one of seven entries for champion trainer Nicky Henderson. Among the septet is Grade One-winning novice Captain Conan (11st 8lb – 10/1), Rajdhani Express (11st 4lb -   10/1), winner of the Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase at The Festival in…

Great Hall ready for Floodlit test

The All-Weather Championships continue with an exciting twilight fixture at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 6, which is headlined by the £37,000 Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Floodlit Stakes (7.00pm).   A field of seven is set to go to post for the mile and a half contest, including the Brian Meehan-trained Great Hall, who will wear blinkers for the first time.   The three-year-old was last seen finishing a creditable ninth in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 15,…

Charlie Appleby happy in California as Speckled wins Lingfield Park Listed race today in UK – Forgive wins first of 16 Win & You’re In races at Lingfield Park

All-Weather Championships at Lingfield Park – Thursday, October 31, 2013   News from the first Win & You’re In race and the other contests as the new and exciting All-Weather Championships continue. Kempton Park has a twilight meeting today.   Race 8, Ladbrokes Mobile Apprentice Handicap, 7f One Way Or Another (6/1), trained by David Evans, finished strongly under Eoin Griffin to record a third course victory. The 10-year-old put three and three quarter lengths between himself and 3/1 joint-favourite Bassett Road, with the front-running…

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