Handicap entries for The Festival revealed

For this media pack in PDF format, please click HERE     Thursday, February 22, 2018 - A total of 844 entries are revealed today, including 272 from Ireland, for the 10 handicaps at The Festival. The first handicap of the meeting is £110,000 G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (83 entries) over three miles and a furlong on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13. Singlefarmpayment (Tom George) was beaten a short-head in this race last year and could bid to go one better. David Pipe captured the last two renewals with…

Clear Skies heads 10 runners for Betway Winter Derby

Irish challenger Clear Skies faces nine rivals as she bids to become the first filly or mare to win the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park this Saturday, February 24. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest is one of the highlights of the All-Weather Championships and a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Carrying the familiar colours of J P McManus, Clear Skies (Ryan Moore) has won five of her…

The New One – A Cheltenham Love Affair

Cheltenham specialist The New One is set for his 15th start at the Home of Jump Racing in the £325,000 G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15. It will be his first attempt at three miles and seventh appearance at The Festival. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies spoke about The New One today at a Cheltenham Racecourse-organised media stable visit to his Gloucestershire stables ahead of The Festival, which happens over four days next month – Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16 inclusive. He…

Watersmeet in command at Kempton Park as he bags second Fast-Track Qualifier

Watersmeet in command at Kempton Park as he bags second Fast-Track Qualifier Watersmeet (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning, 11/8) maintained his superb All-Weather record when taking the £25,000 32Red Conditions Race (7.15pm) over two miles at Kempton Park this evening, Wednesday, February 21. The Polytrack contest was the third of the four Marathon Fast-Track Qualifiers, with the winner guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30. Tonight’s…

Cue Card still has choice of Ryanair Chase and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

Colin Tizzard, who believes stable stalwart Cue Cardis back to his best form, said today at a media stable visit organised by Cheltenham Racecourse that no decision had been made about which race the evergreen 12-year-old will go for at The Festival next month. Owner Jean Bishop is arriving on Sunday for a three-day visit to Tizzard’s Spurles Farm Stables on the Dorset/Somerset border and the subject will be raised again then, but a final decision may not be made until closer to the best four…

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