Punchestown team count down towards best-ever Festival

Punchestown Racecourse’s General Manager, Dick O’Sullivan, today looked forward to what could be one of the greatest-ever Irish National Hunt Festivals at the CountyKildare course. An unprecedented number of the principal winners from Cheltenham last week look set to line up at the 2013 Punchestown Festival, staged from April 23 to 27. Connections of eight of the 12 Cheltenham Grade 1 winners (including at least three of the four championship scorers) and nine of the runners-up are considering a trip to Punchestown. Indeed, at least…

Royal Ascot prize money reaches £5 million for the first time

Windsor Forest Stakes renamed “The Duke of Cambridge Stakes” Prize money at Royal Ascot will be a record £5 million this year, representing an increase of £500,000 (11%) from 2012 and Ascot is delighted to announce that the Windsor Forest Stakes has been renamed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. As well as reaching the £5 million Royal Ascot milestone for the first time, annual prize money for all race days in 2013 is in excess of £10 million (£10,001,150) and although this threshold was reached…

Donald McCain hoping to be triple-handed in John Smith’s Grand National

Trainer Donald McCain has four entries still entered in the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National and is hoping to have three runners.   Weird Al, with Adrian Lane up and Across The Bay, ridden by Henry Brooke, had a spin on the Mildmay Course this morning. Across The Bay led the work before Weird Al ranged up at the end.   Ballabriggs won the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National and has 11st 4lb at the moment this year, while Weird Al is three from the…

All the news on the final day of The Festival at Cheltenham, Gold Cup Day

HENDERSON DELIGHTED Trainer Nicky Henderson crowned a great week when Bobs Worth came out best in a great Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with stablemate Long Run in third. “It has been a long old week, hasn’t it? You know that both horses were fighting, both boys gave them great rides and both horses were fighting to the line. It was a great race,” said Henderson, who was also celebrating his 50th Festival success. “It’s dreams, isn’t it? Sprinter Sacre was something special and I am proud…

Ralph Beckett trio among 67 Investec Oaks entries

Ralph Beckett has ambitions of a second Investec Oaks victory with three promising fillies from the trainer featuring among the 67 entries received for this year’s Classic at Epsom Downs on Friday, May 31 – Investec Ladies Day. The handler sent out Look Here to success in 2008 and his contenders for Investec Oaks glory are headed by Secret Gesture, who is a 20/1 chance with Coral following a comfortable success on her second outing at Newbury in October. The three-year-old daughter of Galileo, owned…

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