Harrington chasers in great form ahead of Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

  Trainer Jessica Harrington is delighted with defending champion Sizing John and stablemate Our Duke as they gear up for the highlight of The Festival, the £625,000 G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup over three and a quarter miles on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 16. Sizing John could not have been more impressive on his reappearance in the G1 John Durkan Memorial Chase (2m 4f) at Punchestown on December 10, when he defeated Djakadam by seven lengths, but the eight-year-old chaser has a point to prove after finishing seventh…

Willie Mullins stable tour ahead of The Festival

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins today hosted a media visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse and gave updates on many of his leading contenders ahead of The Festival next month. Mullins is the leading Irish trainer at The Festival, with 54 successes, and currently sits second on the all-time trainers’ list behind Nicky Henderson (58). He has won The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at five of the last seven Festivals (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and sent out a record-breaking eight winners in…

Thomas Crapper after second Greatwood Gold Cup success at Newbury on Saturday

The £50,000 G3 Greatwood Gold Cup (2.40pm) is the highlight of a fascinating seven-race programme at Newbury on Saturday, March 3, Greatwood Charity Raceday. Greatwood Charity Raceday provides an opportunity for racegoers to learn about Greatwood, a unique charity based near Marlborough which provides fulfilling futures for former racehorses and teaches emotional literacy and life skills to children and young people with special educational needs. First run in 2004 and staged over just short of two and a half miles, the Greatwood Gold Cup has…

Master The World strikes in thrilling Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park

Master The World was awarded the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm) in the stewards’ room following a dramatic renewal of the 10-furlong Polytrack Fast-Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 24. The seven-year-old, trained by David Elsworth in Newmarket and ridden by Sean Levey, finished a head second, but was promoted the winner after a stewards’ enquiry judged the first-past-the-post Mr Owen caused serious interference to the runner-up. It was a second Fast-Track Qualifier victory over course and distance success this season for…

Royal Birth going for second Betway Hever Stakes victory

  Royal Birth tries for back-to-back victories in the £45,000 Listed Betway Hever Stakes (2.05pm, eight runners), one of the features of an excellent seven-race card at Lingfield Park tomorrow, Saturday, February 24. Royal Birth (Stuart Williams/Sean Levey, 6/1 with Betway) came with a strong run to beat Lancelot Du Lac by half a length in the five-furlong Polytrack contest 12 months ago. The seven-year-old has run some good races in defeat subsequently, including when second to Encore D’Or (Robert Cowell/Ryan Moore, 15/2) in a handicap on Polytrack…

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