Order of Running changes for Royal Ascot

  Ascot announced last week that prize money at Royal Ascot has increased to a record £7,305,000 (2017; £6,665,000). Minor order of running changes are confirmed today, following the EPC’s  (European Pattern Committee) confirmation of race planning changes in Britain related to Listed Handicaps. Royal Ascot has staged two Listed Handicaps in recent years – the Wolferton and Sandringham. Following consultation through the BHA Flat Pattern Committee, the Wolferton now becomes a straight Listed race and the Sandringham becomes a regular handicap. The Wolferton as…

Seeyouatmidnight aiming to become third Scottish-trained winner of £1-mllion Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on April 14

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National, worth £1-million and staged over four and quarter miles at Aintree on Saturday, April 14, closes for entries at noon on Tuesday, January 30. One For Arthur emulated Rubstic (1979) to become only the second Scottish-trained winner of the world’s greatest chase in 2017 and Berwickshire handler Sandy Thomson is aiming to repeat the feat this year with stable star Seeyouatmidnight, who is owned by his wife Quona. Seeyouatmidnight enjoyed an excellent 2016 over fences, taking the scalps of current…

Bristol De Mai and Finian’s Oscar head stars in action on terrific Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham

Bristol De Mai faces seven opponents as he bids to return to top form in the £100,000 Grade 2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (2.25pm), the centrepiece of an excellent seven-race card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day tomorrow, Saturday, January 27. The three mile, one-furlong contest is a leading trial for the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival in March. Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Daryl Jacob) started this campaign with two impressive successes, including a 57-length demolition of his rivals in the G1 Betfair Chase…

Richard Woollacott tributes to be staged at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is holding a minute’s silence tomorrow in memory of trainer Richard Woollacott, who died earlier this week at the age of 40, and encouraging racegoers attending Festival Trials Day to make donations to three charities, chosen by his wife Kayley. The minute’s silence will happen at 3.20pm, 15 minutes before the scheduled off-time of the Grade 2 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle in which Beer Goggles, now trained by Kayley Woollacott, will run. The initiative is raising money for Mind, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the…

Cheltenham sponsorship renewed by Ryanair for five more years

Cheltenham Racecourse announces today that Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the Grade 1 (G1) Ryanair Chase at The Festival for five more years from 2018 to 2022 inclusive. The prize fund, as previously revealed, rises to £350,000, up £50,000 from last year, on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 15, 2018. The race value of the G1 championship chase over nearly two miles and five furlongs, founded in 2005, will increase in stages to £400,000 by 2022. Ryanair’s sponsorship commenced in…

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