Grand National course walks at Aintree mandatory for first and second time riders at the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival

  Monday, March 18, 2019 – Aintree Racecourse announces today that any rider who has not ridden over the Grand National fences more than twice at a Grand National Festival will be required to take part in an official course walk with a BHA Jockey Coach.   The Professional Jockeys Association has confirmed its support for this decision, with the course walks happening before racing on each day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival (Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6 inclusive).   Andrew…

All the news from Gold Cup Day 2019

THE FESTIVAL™PRESENTED BY MAGNERS, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE GOLD CUP DAY, FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019   DRY NIGHT MEANS A GOING CHANGE TO GOOD SOFT   On the morning of Gold Cup Day, the final day of The Festival™ presented by Magners 2019, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, changed the official going description to reflect the weather conditions overnight.   He said: “As anticipated, we’ve had a dry night. It was quite breezy so we updated the ground this morning at 6am to…

All the news from St Patrick’s Thursday 2019

THE FESTIVAL™ PRESENTED BY MAGNERS, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE ST PATRICK’S THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019   CLAISSE TALKS GROUND   On the morning of the third day of The Festival™ presented by Magners, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse commented: “If you look at the clock, the ground yesterday wasn’t as slow as some of the riders were suggesting.   “Yesterday afternoon, before close of play, we changed the going on the New Course, which we are opening up today to Good to Soft, Soft…

All the news from Ladies Day 2019

THE FESTIVAL™ PRESENTED BY MAGNERS, CHELTENHAM, RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE LADIES DAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019   RACING GOES AHEAD AT CHELTENHAM TODAY     Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Racing at Cheltenham today will go ahead following a precautionary inspection.   The strength of the winds has now moderated on the forecast allowing Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course, to give the green light early in order to provide certainty to racegoers and participants before many journeys begin. We will continue to monitor the weather forecast…

All the news from Champion Day 2019

THE FESTIVAL™ PRESENTED BY MAGNERS, CHELTENHAM RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE CHAMPION DAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019   GOING AND WEATHER UPDATE AT 9.10AM   Cheltenahm’s Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, said: “As expected last night we had some strong gusts of wind, although nothing that would give us any concern about public or racing safety.   “Although we were forecasted a few millimetres of rain falling through the night, that didn’t materialise.   “We are still expecting now a band of rain to come through…

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