Skelton hopeful for Captain Chaos in tomorrow’s G2 totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby – flags to fly at half-mast in honour of the late Malcolm Jefferson

A high-class field is set to go to post for the £35,000 G2 totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase (2.40pm), the highlight of a seven-race programme at Wetherby tomorrow, Saturday, February 3, Totepool Medieval Day. The top-rated performer in tomorrow’s three-mile contest, with a BHA rating of 150, isBallyoptic (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Tom Bellamy). A G1 scorer over hurdles, the eight-year-old won impressively over fences at Exeter in November and was last seen out when fourth in the G1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Gloucestershire-based…

Thirsk moves key fixture to Wetherby to alleviate Tour de Yorkshire clash – the full reasons why

Following the announcement in December that Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire cycling event will be routed directly through the centre of Thirsk on Saturday, May 5, the British Horseracing Authority has agreed to a fixture exchange between Thirsk and Wetherby Racecourses.   The Saturday, May 5 Flat fixture was scheduled at Thirsk, but is now very impractical to stage there due to the Tour de Yorkshire and instead will take place at Wetherby. Conversely the Tuesday, May 8 Flat raceday that was…

Exciting mare Pearl Royale among 17 excellent entries for totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase

Wetherby Racecourse stages its annual Totepool Medieval Day this Saturday, February 3, with a seven-race card headlined by the £35,000 G2 totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase (2.40pm, 17 entries). Run over three miles and 45 yards, the totesport.com Towton Novices’ Chase is named in honour of the Battle of Towton, which was fought just 10 miles from the racecourse in March, 1461, during the War of the Roses. Mr Mulligan took the inaugural running in 1996 before going on to capture the Cheltenham Gold Cup the…

Richards hoping for another big-race success with Baywing at Wetherby in 188Bet Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase on Boxing Day

Declarations have been made for the first day of Wetherby’s two-day 188Bet Yorkshire Christmas Meeting, with eight runners set to go to post in the feature £40,000 G3 188Bet Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2.10pm) over three miles on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26. Heading the market at 7/2 with sponsor 188Bet is Aloomomo (Warren Greatrex/Richard Johnson, 10st 7lb). The seven-year-old looked a progressive performer over fences in the 2015/16 campaign and makes his first appearance over the larger obstacles this season, having shaped promisingly in two outings…

Greatrex hoping to bag second 188Bet Rowland Meyrick with Aloomomo

Wetherby’s two-day 188Bet Yorkshire Christmas Meeting gets underway on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26, when the highlight is the £40,000 G3 188Bet.co.uk Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2.10pm, 18 entries). Lambourn trainer Warren Greatrex captured the three-mile contest in 2014 with Dolatulo and is hoping to repeat the feat with Aloomomo (7/1 with 188Bet). Aloomomo has not raced over fences since falling in the G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December, 2016. His two subsequent outings, both this season, have come over hurdles in novice company…

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