95 horses go forward for 2017 Randox Health Grand National

A total of 95 horses go forward for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National following the first scratchings’ deadline, details of which are revealed today. Staged at Aintree on Saturday, April 8, the famous handicap chase offers total prize money of £1 million and is by far the richest Jump race globally staged outside of Japan. It is run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences. Heading the market at 10/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand…

Calvinist among seven starters for in-form Archie Watson in Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on Thursday

The two-mile Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the  £150,000 Betway Marathon over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14, with the winner on Thursday gaining a free and guaranteed place. The top-rated performer is Godolphin’s Winning Story (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy). The four-year-old son of New Approach has already secured his place on Finals Day, having landed a Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle on December 21. Archie Watson has made a fine start to his training…

£250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy the highlight of The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse today announced the race names for its Jump season highlight that will be sponsored for the first time this year by Ladbrokes. The two-day meeting, which takes place on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 in 2017, will be known as The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, with both days broadcast live on ITV Racing. Saturday’s highlight, the race formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, will now become the Ladbrokes Trophy and the Grade 3 contest is worth £250,000 this year, an increase…

Elliott seeks more Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup glory

Gordon Elliott outlined his plans for The Festival today at a media visit to his yard arranged by Cheltenham Racecourse. He plans to run two horses in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, the feature race of the four-day meeting, on the final day, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17, which he won for the first time in 2016 with the now-retired Don Cossack. Don Poli, a staying-on third to Don Cossack last year, winner of the RSA Chase at The Festival in 2015 and successful…

Vibrato Valtat, O’Faolains Boy and Melodic Rendezvous headline classy entries for Greatwood Charity Raceday

Vibrato Valtat, O’Faolains Boy and Melodic Rendezvous, who have all scored in Grade One company, feature among the entries for Greatwood Charity Raceday at Newbury this Saturday, March 4. A seven-race card includes the £50,000 G3 William Hill “High 5″ Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup (3.15pm, 14 entries), and Vibrato Valtat (7/1 with William Hill), a G1 winner over fences in 2014, could aim to provide trainer Paul Nicholls a remarkable ninth success in the two and a half-mile handicap chase. Nicholls has also entered recent Musselburgh handicap chase…

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