Bonhams renews sponsorship of point-to-point series

Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce that Bonhams has renewed its sponsorship of the Men’s Open Point-to-Point Series, which culminates at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening on April 30, 2014. Bonhams, a privately-owned British auction house which is one of the oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, first backed the series in 2013. In a change to last year, the list of qualifying races has been increased to 20 (from 15), beginning at Silverton’s fixture at Black Forest Lodge in Devon on January…

Media Hype returns in £45,000 feature at Lingfield Park on Saturday

Trainer Karl Burke is looking forward to getting Media Hype back on the racecourse in the £45,000 coral.co.uk Handicap (2.35pm, 14 runners) over a mile and a half at Lingfield Park on Saturday, January 4. The lightly-raced seven-year-old annexed the Listed Wildflower Stakes impressively at Kempton Park in November, 2012, but has only had one start since when finishing seventh behind Sharestan in the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr on September 21. Burke reported: “Media Hype has a history of training problems and 2013 was…

Cheltenham welcomes New Year with fine racing

Fergal O’Brien and John Quinn assess prospects   31st December, 2013 – Top horses and competitive handicaps are on the menu for the many thousands of racegoers attending Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture tomorrow (Wednesday, January 1, 2014).   Unbeaten star Irish hurdler Annie Power, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, renews rivalry with last season’s Stan James Champion Hurdle fourth Zarkandar in the £25,000 Dorman Engineering Hurdle (3.05pm) over an extended two and a half miles.   The six-year-old mare, seeking…

Johnston Hopes To Gain Best Annual Total in Britain

A double at Lingfield Park yesterday (Saturday, December 28) provided Mark Johnston with his 216th success of 2013 in Britain, which equalled the trainer’s best annual total set in 2009, and he is hoping to gain a new record tally before the year ends. Speaking from New Zealand, where he is on a working holiday, Johnston said: “We are likely to have three runners before the end of the year so the chances of achieving our best-ever British total are fairly high. “The two running…

Greatrex considering Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for progressive Cole Harden

Cheltenham on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2014) is the setting for the fourth race in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle series. The £10,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle takes place over an extended two and a half miles and has attracted a strong entry of 20. It is staged at 12.10pm, the first contest on the excellent seven-race card. Cole Harden has won on three of his four starts to date for trainer Warren Greatrex, who is considering a visit to Cheltenham…

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