Jonjo O’Neill wants More Of That Grand National success

More Of That

JONJO O’Neill had a wretched record as a jockey in the Grand National. He never completed the course and the Canal Turn second time round was the furthest he got. Jonjo was particularly unlucky in 1979 when Alverton, who had won the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few weeks earlier, fell fatally at Becher’s Brook when …[Read More]

Minella Rocco and other 2017 Grand National clues

Minella Rocco

THIS fallow period between Cheltenham and Aintree always feels like being in no man’s land. The dreams of so many were dashed at Prestbury Park but the 2017 Grand National meeting always offers a chance of redemption and compensation for the vanquished. The Aintree Festival starts on April 6, or two weeks on Thursday. For …[Read More]

On The Fringe bids for Foxhunter’s treble

IT might be Cheltenham Gold Cup day tomorrow but the £45,000 St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase is the highlight of the point-to-point season. It pulls together proven talent, exciting potential and a stage on which point-to-point trainers challenge leading licence holders at the most prestigious Jump race meeting in the calendar. On The Fringe sets …[Read More]

History makers at the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Cheltenham festival 2017

THE greatest show on turf starts on Tuesday. The constant intertwined whiff of Guinness and pulled pork will fill the air amid the optimistic chatter and bar-room philosophy of punters, some clued–up, others clueless. Cheltenham is the best sporting event in the calendar. Bar none. The preview evenings rumble on. I don’t care much for …[Read More]

Top 10 Cheltenham controversies

THE Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The roar that will go up at 1.30 on March 14 when the tapes go up for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the defining moments in the calendar. But the four-day event has also got a reputation for controversy and …[Read More]

2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cue Card

THE absence of so many big names from the Cheltenham Festival seems to have preoccupied many pundits and punters. For this pundit (and punter) I couldn’t care less that horses who we never see during the season will be missing (a la Annie Power and Faugheen). The Champion Hurdle, as a result, is a wide …[Read More]

Saint Are to tackle Grand National again

by AMELIA ROSE SAINT Are, who finished second to Many Clouds in the 2015 Randox Health Grand National, is all set for his fourth attempt at the world’s greatest race at Aintree on April 8. Run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences, the famous chase offers total prize money of …[Read More]

This year at the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Cheltenham festival 2017

by SHARON KAPLAN ARE you planning on placing a bet on Cheltenham Festival 2017? If yes, you have come to the right place. Read on to find out our top tips, ones to watch, ones to avoid, and a guide to making the best out of one of the highlights of the racing calendar. With …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival novice events take shape

Moon Racer

WITH just under three weeks until the Cheltenham Festival gets underway, the novice chases and hurdles over the four days are taking shape with the unveiling of the latest acceptors following the February 21 scratchings deadline. Tuesday March 14 gets underway with the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm), for which there are …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival races explained

by JACK ROSE  The Cheltenham Festival is a major meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar, second only in prize money to the Grand National. It takes place in March and is usually on at the same time as St Patrick’s Day, with many Irish horses taking part in the event and this can create …[Read More]