Mister Whitaker one of four co-favourites as 51 entries unveiled for Cheltenham’s BetVictor Gold Cup

   Mister Whitaker is among 51 entries (up from 46 in 2017) for the prestigious BetVictor Gold Cup, the highlight of The November Meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 17, BetVictor Gold Cup Day. Run over two and a half miles, the G3 contest is one of the richest handicap chases of the season with a total prize fund of £160,000. Mister Whitaker (Mick Channon) and Rather Be (Nicky Henderson) fought out the finish to the Listed Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase over course and distance at The…

Monbeg Theatre on course for Wetherby’s bet365 Hurdle on Saturday as Snowden eyes four-timer

Jamie Snowden is hoping his long-term plan bears fruit when Monbeg Theatre (7/1 with bet365) tackles the £40,000 G2 bet365 Hurdle (3.15pm, 16 entries) at Wetherby this Saturday, November 3, day two of the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting. The three-mile contest is often the starting point for some of the country’s leading staying hurdlers and this year’s entries include G1 Stayers’ Hurdle third Wholestone (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 15/8 Fav) and Clyne (Evan Williams, 6/1), who filled the same position in the G1 Aintree Hurdle in April. Another leading contender is dual G2…

Sky Bet renews Supreme Novices’ Hurdle sponsorship for five more years

  Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to announce that Sky Bet will sponsor the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners for another five years. The two-mile contest is the first race on Champion Day (Tuesday, March 12, 2019) and the traditional curtain-raiser to the four-day extravaganza. Leeds-based Sky Bet first supported the G1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2014, and the extension of its sponsorship will take Sky Bet’s backing of the G1 contest up until at least 2023 – 10…

Haggas bidding for third successive victory in Thursday’s Fast-Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park

Progressive filly Move Swiftly heads a full field of 12 chasing Fast-Track Qualifier success in the £40,000 Listed Ladbrokes EBF Stallions Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes (2.35pm) at Lingfield Park this Thursday, November 1. The winner of the mile Polytrack contest is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies & Mares Championship over seven furlongs back at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. Move Swiftly (James Doyle) could give trainer William Haggas his third straight victory in the Ladbrokes EBF Stallions Fleur…

Second acceptances on the rise for Lexus Melbourne Cup

    The race to secure a start in next week’s Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington remains hotly contested with a total of 47 horses – up from 36 at the same time last year – among today’s second acceptances for the $7.3 million race.   Headlining the horses that remain in contention for Australia’s most famous horse race is Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) champion Best Solution, The Bart Cummings (2500m) winner Avilius and Yucatan Ire, the Irish-trained stayer who rocketed to favouritism…

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