Richard Hoiles teaches West Ham stars how to commentate

West ham united

FOUR West Ham players went back to school…. Commentary School to be precise with one of horse racing’s best callers Richard Hoiles. The ITV Racing supremo tutored England goalkeeper Joe Hart, French football legend Patrice Evra, midfield veteran Mark Noble and strapping centre-back James Collins in the art of holding the mic and calling home …[Read More]

Five northern raiders at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

2018 Cheltenham Festival

THE victory of Baywing in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday was just the latest big-race success for the north. It came a week after the brilliant Waiting Patiently won the Grade One Ascot Chase.  The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the mecca for owners, trainers, jockeys and, of course, punters and this year …[Read More]

Countdown to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

2018 Cheltenham festival

by ANNIE DALE NEXT month a group of celebrities, royals, superstar trainers, jockeys and horse racing fans will don their finest threads and converge upon Cheltenham Racecourse. The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt calendar, featuring 14 Grade One races, and this year looks set to deliver another thriller. English trainers …[Read More]

All the fun of the Cheltenham Festival 2018

Cheltenham festival 2018

by ANNIE DALE In the words of the Cheltenham Festival official website: “The Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about jump racing.” So, if you are a fan of hurdles or steeplechases, it really is an event not to be missed. Best of all, it’s not nearly as expensive as you might think. The Festival …[Read More]

The three horses who had great weekends ahead of Cheltenham

native river

IT’S getting ever closer to Cheltenham now and we’re all keeping our eyes on the races up and down the country ahead of the biggest week in the horse racing calendar. Newbury and Warwick threw up some fantastic races at the weekend and has placed a number of horses as firm favourites for the Cheltenham …[Read More]

Surprise entry for Cheltenham hope Douvan

Douvan

by ANNIE DALE THE Cheltenham Festival is four weeks away and Willie Mullins will be putting the finishing touches to his big team of Irish invaders. And he has sprung a surprise by entering two of his former Cheltenham heroes in Ireland this weekend ahead of next month’s extravaganza at Prestbury Park. Douvan and Vroum …[Read More]

Apple’s Jade bids to retain Cheltenham crown

Apple's Jade

APPLE’S JADE has carved out a reputation as one of the leading hurdlers and will be aiming to secure another victory at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The bay mare has won her last five races and her trainer Gordon Elliott will be determined for her to triumph once again in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle …[Read More]

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]