Twiston-Davies quietly confident before The Festival

Nigel Twiston-Davies, with 17 winners at The Festival to his name, is particularly looking forward to the first day of the four-day meeting, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14, when he has a strong hand. He outlined his plans for The Festival 2017 today at a media stable visit to his thriving stables near Naunton in Gloucestershire today. The trainer said: “We have just about totally decided to go for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (the opening race at 1.30pm) with Ballyandy. He cantered to the…

The Festival 2017 – Media Guide

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Handicap weights for The Festival unveiled

Please click here for this media information pack as a PDF document Weights are unveiled today for the 10 handicaps at The Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17, inclusive. The top weights are as follows: Race (maximum number of runners) Horse Age/Wgt Trainer Ultima Handicap Chase (24) TENOR NIVERNAIS 10-11-12 Venetia Williams   Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (20) ZAMDY MAN 8-11-12 Venetia Williams   Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (26) CAMPING GROUND 7-11-12 Gary Moore   Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap…

Final entries for The Festival revealed

  Please click here for the media information pack, including background information for the four races, as a PDF document   Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - The final pieces of The Festival jigsaw fall into place today with the unveiling of the entries for the four remaining races at the meeting – the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle and the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase. There are 27 entries for the £65,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase…

Healthy ticket sales for The Festival & going is mostly Good to Soft

Cheltenham Racecourse played host to the media today ahead of The Festival, which starts on Tuesday, March 14, and healthy ticket sales were reported. Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of Jockey Club Racecourses, related: “We are very fortunate here as we have a fantastic sporting event where everybody comes to enjoy the racing. “We are in a great place regarding ticket sales on Gold Cup Day (Friday, March 17) as we sold out two weeks ago – two weeks ahead of…

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