All the news and quotes from Nicky Henderson stable visit on February 18

NICKY HENDERSON STABLE VISIT WITH TRAINER COMMENTS Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Berkshire HENDERSON ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The trainer commented today: “We all hope for a really good week, great weather and excellent ground while, as always, there will be fantastic racing. “The Festival is not only the pinnacle of our year but it is one of the highlights of the whole racing and sporting calendar. “If it goes well, the week is even better but we will enjoy it anyway. We will take the week as…

Cheltenham’s website on shortlist for top award

Cheltenham Racecourse’s popular website – www.cheltenham.co.uk – has been shortlisted for the Sport Website of the Year at the prestigious Sports Industry Awards which are announced on May 2. Entries for the 15 categories were up 30 per cent on the previous record level and Cheltenham faces strong competition from five high-profile sport websites – BBC, Channel 4’s Paralympics offering, The Daily Telegraph, Wimbledon and Teamer. Andy Clifton, Cheltenham Racecourse’s Communications Manager who has overall responsibility for www.cheltenham.co.uk, said: “It is tremendous news that our…

Henderson leads the pack at The Festival. Festival glory a boost to the flourishing career of Rebecca Curtis

ch2013mg9final Trainer Nicky Henderson saddled a record seven winners at The Festival in 2012, taking his total successes at the meeting to 46. This enabled the master of Seven Barrows to become the most successful trainer of all time at The Festival, overtaking Fulke Walwyn’s longstanding record of 40 winners. Henderson has taken The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at The Festival nine times in total (sharing it three times). Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls has been leading trainer at The Festival six times and…

Championship contests take shape with under four weeks to go

There is now just under four weeks until The Festival 2013 gets underway and the countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the latest acceptors for the five Grade One championship contests following the February 12 scratchings deadline. The Festival begins on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12, when the highlight is the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle. A total of 22 horses remain in the extended two-mile contest with Timeform making the 2011 winner Hurricane Fly, who is unbeaten in four starts since finishing third…

John Smith’s Grand National opinions of trainers, owners & the handicapper at the launch

The John’s Smith’s Grand National Launch took place in London today when the weights for the world’s most famous chase, run at Aintree on April 6, were unveiled. Phil Smith, Head of Handicapping at the British Horseracing Authority, talked of his role of drawing up the weights for the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National, run over 30 fences and four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards. Asked by host Clare Balding why he had put last year’s third Seabass on 11st 2lb as against…

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