L’Ami Serge face 13 rivals in Saturday’s Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster

G1 French Champion Hurdle hero L’Ami Serge heads 14 declared runners for the £80,000 Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase (3.15pm), staged over three miles and the highlight of an excellent seven-race card at Doncaster this Saturday, January 27.   L’Ami Serge (Nicky Henderson, 11st 7lb), who tops Sky Bet’s market at 3/1, is set for his first start over fences since December, 2016, and will be ridden by Davy Russell for the first time, with regular pilot Daryl Jacob in action at Cheltenham.   Owned…

Hales on the Hunt for Cheltenham glory at Saturday’s Festival Trials Day

  Trainer Alex Hales is set to run the progressive Huntsman Son in the £27,500 Steel Plate and Sections Handicap Hurdle (4.10pm 16 entries) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27.   The lightly-raced eight-year-old, allotted 11st for the extended two-mile contest, has recorded two victories from five career starts under Rules and registered back-to-back victories at Market Rasen and Doncaster in December.   The son of Millenary will have the services of one of the finest young talents in the weighing room…

O’Brien six-handed as tremendous 36 entries revealed for Betway Winter Derby

Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien has made six entries for the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 24, it was revealed today. This is a break from tradition for O’Brien, who last had a runner at a British All-Weather track in 2002. O’Brien’s team is headlined by two five-year-old sons of Galileo, American G1 scorer Deauville and seven-time G1 winner Highland Reel’s brother Idaho, who has succeeded in two G2s, most recently the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. Neither has…

41 still going for glory in the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle on Betfair Super Saturday at Newbury Racecourse

A total of 41 horses remain on course for the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, Britain’s richest handicap hurdle, following the January 23 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today. The very competitive two-mile contest forms part of a tremendous seven-race card at Newbury Racecourse on Betfair Super Saturday, February 10. Heading the market at 8/1 with Betfair is Lalor (10st 12lb). A G2 bumper winner at Aintree in April last year, the six-year-old has finished in the first three in a trio of decent novices’ hurdles so…

Doitforthevillage primed for Cheltenham return on Saturday

Trainer Paul Henderson is set to run Doitforthevillage in the £75,000 Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase (1.50pm 24 entries) at Cheltenham this Saturday, Festival Trials Day, January 27. The nine-year-old, allotted 10st 8lb for the extended two and a half-mile contest, landed the BetVictor Handicap Chase over two miles at Cheltenham’s November Meeting by two lengths and finished a creditable fourth back over hurdles at Newbury on January 17. Hampshire-based Henderson said today: “Doitforthevillage seems all right in himself. “I am going to work him tomorrow to make…

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