Yanworth to shine at Cheltenham

Yanworth

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheltenham offers the perfect way to see in 2018 with an excellent seven-race card on New Year’s Day with the highlight the clash between Willoughby Court and Yanworth. There is a record £260,000 in prize money on offer across the seven races (up 23 per cent on 2017). The richest race of …[Read More]

WIN tickets to Unibet International Hurdle

The New One

THE testing road to the Cheltenham Festival in March continues next month for some of the country’s leading hurdlers, and you could be at Cheltenham on December 16 to get the festive season off to a brilliant start by watching one of the most valuable hurdle races in Europe, the £130,000 Unibet International Hurdle. We’ve …[Read More]

Horses to look out for in December

Fox Norton

by JOHN SMITH The jumps season is well under way and there are some big races to look forward to in December. Sandown will host the prestigious Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday December 9 and it looks set to be a mouthwatering contest, with some big names on show. Fox Norton is the ante-post favourite …[Read More]

Classy field in 2017 Betfair Chase

Betfair Chase

by MARK REISER. A truly A-list field has gathered for the 2017 Betfair Chase on Saturday and it is easy to see why when you consider the potential prize on offer. A cool £1million will go to any horse that can win Haydock’s Grade One contest, the King George on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham …[Read More]

Morning Digest: Racing mourns death of Pat Haslam

Pat Haslam

SADNESS abounds this morning. Legendary northern trainer Pat Haslam has passed away, aged 69. The trainer of more than 1,000 winners, he was a much-loved figure in the sport and even after retiring he helped son Ben who took over the reins at Castle Hill Stables in Middleham. Condolences to Pat’s family. Also, Kempton was …[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]

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

Betfair Chase

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]

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]