Honeyball trio on course for Cheltenham Listed contests

Trainer Anthony Honeyball will be doubly represented by Maries Des Anges and Jackies Solitaire in the £25,000 Listed EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Chase Finale (2.35pm, 10 entries) at Cheltenham on the second day of The April Meeting, Thursday, April 18. The two mile, five furlong handicap has been transferred to Cheltenham following the abandonment of Newbury on March 23. Marie Des Anges (10st 4lb) gained her third win of the season over fences when staying on gamely to land a novices’ handicap chase at…

Champion Court lined up for Cheltenham run

Trainer Martin Keighley is hoping stable star Champion Court can get back to winning ways in the £50,000 Grade Two Macmillan Cancer Support Silver Trophy Limited Handicap Chase (3.55pm, 21 entries) over two miles and five furlongs, the highlight on a seven-race card at Cheltenham on the first day of The April Meeting, Wednesday, April 17. The eight-year-old has won two of 11 starts over fences but has not been successful since annexing the Grade Two Cheltenham Pony Day Raceclub Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on…

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…

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