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Pigeon Island Completes Twiston-Davies Treble 19/03/10
Nigel Twiston-Davies's fantastic Friday went from brilliant to dazzling even as the gloom descended on Prestbury Park as Pigeon Island and Paddy Brennan produced awonderful late run to snatch victory in the final race of Cheltenham 2010.
Pause And Clause in Pipe Celebration 19/03/10
Last year's Coral Cup third Pause And Clause returned to the scene of his career-best performance to give trainer Emma Lavelle her second Cheltenham Festival winner in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
Baby Runs Away With Foxhunter 19/03/10
Nigel Twiston Davies completed a sensational double as Baby Run made every yard of the running to land the Christie's Foxhunter Chase half an hour after Imperial Commander landed the Totesport Gold Cup.
Imperial Commander Imperious 19/03/10
Imperial Commander sprung a surprise to land the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup from Denman, with Kauto Star a faller.
Berties Dream On Cloud Nine at 33-1 19/03/10
Berties Dream sprung a 33-1 surprise in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle to give jockey Andrew Lynch his second winner of the week at Cheltenham.
Katie Walsh Doubles Up on Thousand Stars 19/03/10
Katie Walsh enjoyed her second win at this year's Cheltenham Festival when Thousand Stars, a 20-1 shot, stormed to victory in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.
Soldatino Swoops to Triumph 19/03/10
Nicky Henderson's Soldatino won the opening JCB Triumph Hurdle on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Kauto Star & Denman Head Eleven for totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup 17/03/10
One of the most eagerly anticipated races in Jump racing history gets a step closer today after 11 horses were declared for the £475,000 Grade One totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of The Festival on Friday, March 19.
Buck's in World Domination 18/03/10
Big Buck's won back-to-back renewals of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in effortless fashion under Ruby Walsh.
Albertas Run Flies Home in Ryanair Chase
Albertas Run put up a superb performance to win the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Ballabriggs Holds On for Kim Muir 18/03/10
It seemed to take an eternity, but the top-weight Ballabriggs just held on under Richard Harding to score at 9-1 in the colours of Trevor Hemmings for trainer Donald McCain.
Great Endeavour Sails Home in Byrne Group Plate 18/03/10
Jockey Danny Cook gained his first festival win when landing the Byrne Group Plate aboard 18-1 shot Great Endeavour for trainer David Pipe, who saddled his second winner on the day.
Big Buck's Heads 14 for Ladbrokes World Hurdle 16/03/10
Big Buck’s was a very impressive scorer in the 2009 Ladbrokes World Hurdle and he heads the 14 declared runners for the three-mile event this time around.
Buena Runs Pertemps Rivals Ragged 18/03/10
Cheltenham Festival regular Buena Vista made every yard of the running to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.
Game Copper Bleu Holds on for Jewson Honours 18/03/10
Copper Bleu won the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase, the opening race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Binocular Takes Champion Hurdle Crown 16/03/10
Binocular put in a display of the highest calibre to lift the feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival at odds of 9-1.
Ryanair Chase 16/03/10
A total of 13 horses have been declared for the Ryanair Chase.
Smith and Findlay on Kauto Star and Denman 14/03/10
Clive Smith, owner of Kauto Star and Harry Findlay, part-owner of Denman, were present at a totesport-organised press event in London on Thursday and gave their thoughts ahead of Friday's contest.
Special Cheltenham Deal for the Mathematician Service 12/03/10
To celebrate Cheltenham the unique Mathematician service is happy to offer new clients their first month of membership at half price.
Cue Card Trumps Bumper Rivals 17/03/10
Cue Card became the first British-trained winner of the Champion Bumper since 2003 when he upstaged his rivals at 40-1 in the closing race at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.
Sanctuaire Sparkles for Ruby 17/03/10
Ruby Walsh became the winning-most jockey in the history of the Cheltenham Festival when Sanctuaire sprinted clear to win the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
Spirit River Wins Coral Cup 17/03/10
Barry Geraghty completed a double on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival when the Nicky Henderson-trained Spirit River ran out a ready winner of the Coral Cup.
Big Zeb Takes Two-Mile Championship Crown 17/03/10
Big Zeb showed a brilliant turn of foot to land the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Weapon's Amnesty Fires in RSA Chase 17/03/10
Weapon's Amnesty put some big names to the sword with a scintillating victory in the RSA Chase.
Cross Triumphs in Neptune 17/03/10
Peddlers Cross stayed on in great style to land the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
Red-Hot Poker Comes up Trumps 17/03/10
Poker De Sivola showed bags of stamina to claim the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup.
Classy Quevega Lands Back-to-Back Wins 16/03/10
Quevega landed back-to-back victories in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle under a confident ride from Ruby Walsh.
A New Story for Cross Country Chase
A New Story gave trainer Michael Hourigan and 7lb claimer Adrian Heskin victory in the Cross Country Chase, stretching clear of L'Ami on the run-in.
Chief Dan George in Surprise Trophy Win
Chief Dan George sprung a 33-1 shock in a thrilling finish to the William Hill Trophy at Cheltenham.
Sizing Europe Jumps His Way to Arkle Glory 16/03/10
Sizing Europe put on a superb jumping display on his way to a 6-1 victory in the Arkle Chase.
Supreme Shock for Dunguib 16/03/10
Menorah got favourite-backers off to a bad start at the Cheltenham Festival with victory in the opening contest, the Spinal Research Supreme Novices' Hurdle. [more]
Hills to Run Four All-Time Champions Races 14/03/10
For those punters who simply can’t wait for the Cheltenham Festival to start, William Hill is starting a day before anyone else by staging four ‘All-Time Champions Races’ tomorrow afternoon (Monday 15th March 2010). [more]
Go Native 7-2 Favourite For Champion Hurdle – 12 Declared
The Noel Meade-trained Go Native heads a list of 12 horses who stood their ground at the 48 declaration stage for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle. [more]
Smith And Findlay on Kauto Star and Denman 14/03/10
Clive Smith, owner of Kauto Star and Harry Findlay, part-owner of Denman, were present at a totesport-organised press event in London on Thursday and gave their thoughts ahead of Friday's contest. [more]
Kauto Star & Denman Head Dozen for totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup 13/03/10
One of the most eagerly anticipated races in Jump racing history gets a step closer today after 12 horses stood their ground at the six-day confirmation stage for the £475,000 Grade One totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of The Festival on Friday, March 19. [more]
Big Buck’s Heads 16 in Ladbrokes World Hurdle 12/03/10
Day three of The Festival, Thursday, March 18, features two Grade One championship races - the £260,000 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.20pm) and the £250,000 Ryanair Chase (2.40pm) - and enthralling contests are in prospect following today’s six-day confirmation stage. [more]
Special Cheltenham Deal for the Mathematician Service
To celebrate Cheltenham the unique Mathematician service is happy to offer new clients their first month of membership at half price. [more]
Revised Ryanair and World Hurdle Prices plus Big Bucks Specials 12/03/10
William Hill have revised their betting for the World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase following the confirmation stages for both races. [more]
Forpadydeplasterer Has “Huge Chance” in Champion Chase 11/03/10
Forpadydeplasterer will attempt to re-ignite the triumphal scenes that followed his breathtaking victory at last season’s Festival. [more]
Elegant Concorde Heads Bumper Betting 11/03/10
Irish trained runners have won 14 of the 17 previous running’s of the Weatherby’s Champion Bumper, and the bookies think the Bumper prize will once again be heading back across the Irish sea. [more]
Spinal Research to Benefit from a Dunguib Success 11/03/10
Paddy Power, who could be reeling from a multi-million pound payout if their 4-5 favourite Dunguib wins the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, will also donate £1,000 to Spinal Research for every length that the ‘Irish banker’ wins the race by. [more]
Twiston-Davies Sweet on Kim for Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
With now less than a week until The Festival 2010 gets underway, the countdown intensifies with the unveiling of the acceptors for the six races on day one, Tuesday, March 16. [more]
Equine Heroes On Parade at This Year’s Cheltenham Festival
An impressive line-up of ex-racehorses is due to parade at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, March 16. Organised by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) in liaison with Cheltenham Racecourse, the parade will be held in the Parade Ring before the first race. [more]
Cheltenham Announces Shortlist for Ladies’ Award 09/03/10
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced the six names that form the shortlist for its award recognising “the outstanding contribution made by a Lady to Jump Racing". [more]
More Money Bet and More Guinness Drunk than Ever Before 08/03/10
One of the keys to making money is to take advantage of as many bookie concessions as possible. [more]
Hills Offer Odds of 1-3 for Another Irish Trained Winner of the Cheltenham Bumper 03/03/10
Irish trained horses have won 14 of the 17 running’s of the Champion Bumper, and William Hill are offering odds of 1-3 for the winner of this year’s race to be once again trained in the Emerald Isle. [more]
Pipe's Package Backed for Opening Day Festival Win 03/03/10
Coral bookmakers have cut the price of The Package to 6-1 (from 8-1) after the David Pipe trained chaser was backed to win the William Hill Chase on the
opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, and is now the joint favourite with
Irish trained runner, Bensalem. [more]
RSA Chase Chase Duo Best Henderson Has Trained 02/03/10
Trainer Nicky Henderson today described his star novice chasers Long Run and Punchestowns as the best horses he has handled in a training career spanning nearly 32 years. [more]
Bensalem Likely to be Handed Cheltenham Handicap Target
Trainer Alan King has all but confirmed that his classy three-mile novice chaser Bensalem will miss the RSA Chase in favour of a crack at the William Hill Handicap Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. [more]
Money Back on All Losers if Dunguib Wins
Padd Power, Ireland’s biggest and most generous bookie, is world-renowned for his money back specials. But this time Paddy is going where no layer has gone before by giving punters their money back on all losing bets in the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle if odds-on favourite Dunguib wins the opening race at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. [more]
Entries Revealed for Handicaps at The Festival 26/02/10
The countdown to The Festival intensifies today with the publication of entries for the 11 handicaps. Always among the most fiercely-contested races at The Festival, the entries for these contests are always eagerly anticipated by the betting public. [more]
Cheltenham Gold Cup Won’t be Won by Kauto Star or Denman
Kauto Star is an odds on favourite in the Gold Cup Betting and second favourite Denman is not far behind yet neither are likely to be winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. [more]
Paul Nicholls Stable Visit 25/02/10
Paul Nicholls yesterday hosted a media day in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival and over 90 turned up to see him parade some 25 horses including Kauto Star and Denman who are going head to head again in the £475,000 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. [more]
How Many Irish Trained Winners Will There Be at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival? 24/02/10
Irish racing fans have been going to the Cheltenham Festival for generations, and this year - around 10,000 racegoers are expected to venture across the Irish Sea. [more]
Leading Trainers at The Festival 19/02/10
Few things are more coveted by trainers than a victory at The Festival at Cheltenham and no current handler has enjoyed more success than Nicky Henderson, who can boast 34 winners at Jump racing’s premier event including three successes last season. [more]
Harty Eyes Second Festival Success 19/02/10
Trainer Edward Harty enjoyed his first success at The Festival when Captain Cee Bee won the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2008. This year, the same horse is back for more and currently heads the ante-post market for The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy. [more]
Championship Contests Take Shape 18/02/10
The countdown to The Festival steps up a gear today as the fields for the five non-novice Grade One races are pared down following the first scratchings deadline. [more]
Joncol Bypasses Cheltenham in Favour of Punchestown 17/02/10
Paul Nolan has decided to miss Cheltenham with Irish Hennessy hero Joncol , who was a 6-1 chance with Paddy Power for the Ryanair Chase, and instead aim him at the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown. [more]
Trix Could Still be the Each-Way Gold Cup Value 12/02/10
Despite running well below par at Leopardstown in early February, there are still good reasons to believe that, if the ground comes up testing, Money Trix could represent excellent value to sneak into the frame in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. [more]
Leading Festival Jockeys – Ruby Walsh Nearing Historic Landmark
Ruby Walsh overtook Tony McCoy as the most successful current rider at The Festival thanks to an unprecedented seven victories in 2009. [more]
Australian Pair On Course for the Cheltenham Festival
Following a 40-hour journey half-way across the world, trainer Anthony Cosgriff is pleased with the progress of Gorge and Onajet as the pair prepare to become the first Australian-trained runners at the Festival. [more]
Exciting Festival Novice Hurdles in Prospect
A host of aspiring and proven hurdling stars are among the entries revealed for The Festival’s four Grade One novice events. [more]
Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - Analysis 05/02/10
Irish-trained horses have carried off seven of the nine renewals of the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle since 2000 and the Philip Fenton-trained Dunguib heads 36 Irish-based horses among the 104 entries for the extended two-mile contest. [more]
Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle - Analysis
The Grade One contest staged over two miles and five furlongs has attracted 112 entries, with 37 of those trained in Ireland. [more]
JCB Triumph Hurdle - Analysis 05/02/10
The four-year-old hurdling championship, staged over two miles and a furlong, is always a thrilling spectacle and has attracted 77 entries, headed by the Alan King-trained Mille Chief. [more]
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle - Analysis
The staying novice hurdle championship is in its sixth year and the three-mile contest has attracted a classy 91-strong entry, 30 of whom are trained in Ireland, while one hails from Australia. [more]
Weld Star Looks Just the Rite Answer 05/02/10
With so many lightly raced or unknown quantities in the race, the Neptune Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival could prove to be one of the toughest non-handicap races to solve. [more]
Byrne Group Plc Announced as Latest Festival Sponsor
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that Byrne Group PLC has become the latest sponsor at The Festival. [more]
Bay Win Suggests the Tide has Turned
County Durham based trainer Howard Johnson has his horses in terrific form at present, a fact advertised by the impressive victory of Tidal Bay in Saturday's Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham. [more]
Cheltenham Names 12 Riders for Charity Sweepstake Race
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced the names of the 12 riders that will take part in the Festival Ladies Charity Sweepstake in aid of Cancer Research UK. [more]
RSA Chase - Analysis
Staged over an extended three miles, the Grade One RSA Chase is the championship race for staying novice chasers and a host of talented individuals are among this year’s 71 entries. [more]
The Irish Independent Arkle Chase - Analysis
A particularly classy crop of two-mile novice chasers comprise the 47 entries for the 2010 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at The Festival on Tuesday, March 16. [more]
140th Year of the National Hunt Chase - Analysis
This year the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup – the longest race run at The Festival – has received a bumper entry of 80, including 32 Irish-trained and one French-trained horse. [more]
Quality Permeates the Entries for Novice Chases
Sizing Europe and Captain Cee Bee are set to renew their rivalry in The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham on the opening day of The Festival, Tuesday, March 16, after both were among 47 entries for the two-mile championship contest. [more]
Westlin’ Winds Looking to Blow Hot on Festival Trials Day
Trainer Charles Egerton is hoping that Westlin’ Winds can continue his preparation for the JCB Triumph Hurdle with victory in the £27,000 Grade Two Betfair Finesse Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (12.55pm) on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham this Saturday, January 30. [more]
Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Announced
Cheltenham Racecourse announced today that the opening race of The Festival, on Tuesday, March 16, will this year be called the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The race is being sponsored by the Stewart family, headed by Andy Stewart, the well-known businessman and owner. [more]
Webber Aiming to Make Time for Rupert in Betfair Cleeve Hurdle 26/01/10
Trainer Paul Webber is hoping that Time For Rupert can book his place in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with a good run in the £50,000 Grade Two Betfair Cleeve Hurdle (3.40pm) over three miles at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 30. [more]
Denman Among 11 Entries for Argento Chase on Festival Trials Day
Outstanding chaser Denman could warm up for this year’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in the £100,000 Grade Two Argento Chase (2.35pm). The Paul Nicholls-trained 10-year-old is among 11 entries for the three-mile, one and a half furlong, contest, the feature race of Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 30. [more]
Thrilling Racing on Festival Trials Day 22/01/10
Cheltenham’s £100,000 Grade Two Argento Chase, run over three miles, one and a half furlongs, is the highlight of Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day on Saturday, January 30, 2010 - the final day of racing at Prestbury Park before The Festival in March. [more]
35 for Ladbrokes World Hurdle 22/01/10
Defending champion Big Buck’s heads 35 entries for the £260,000 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle, which takes place on day three of The Festival, Thursday, March 18. [more]
Record Irish-Trained Entry of 21 for Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
The £370,000 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the first day of The Festival and the 2010 renewal has attracted 34 initial entries, of which a record 21 are trained in Ireland. [more]
Methinks Mr Fenton Doth Protest Too Much!
I'm not one for conspiracy theories as a rule, but I can't be the only person in the racing game beginning to wonder if there is a serious game of smoke and mirrors going on regarding the participation (or otherwise) of Dunguib in the Champion Hurdle. ... [more]
Ryanair Chase Attracts 43 Entries
This year’s Grade One Ryanair Chase, which carries record prize money of £250,000, has attracted a superb entry of 43. [more]
Master Minded Heads 24 for Queen Mother Champion Chase
Master Minded is among 24 entries for the Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and aiming to become only the second horse to win the £320,000 two-mile championship three times, following Badsworth Boy in the 1980s. [more]
Kauto Star Aiming to Join Racing Immortals
After becoming the first horse ever to regain chasing’s Blue Riband last season, Kauto Star will bid to emulate Golden Miller, Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate with a third victory in the £475,000 Grade One totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. [more]
Ryanair Chase Receives Prize Money Boost
Cheltenham Racecourse confirmed today that the value of the Ryanair Chase, one of the Grade One highlights of The Festival in March, has had its value boosted from £220,000 to £250,000 for the 2010 renewal on Thursday, March 18. [more]
Punters Focus on Festival Races in Absence of Jump Action
With no jump racing this afternoon and little prospect of any for the next few days, horse racing punters were still out in force today placing ante post bets on the Cheltenham Festival. [more]
Hardy Deserves to Rest On His Laurels
The announcement on New Year's Day that the dual Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace has been retired, brings to an end an exceptional career for an admirable racehorse. [more]
McCoy 1-3 for Denman Gold Cup Ride 31/12/09
Paddy Power have installed AP McCoy as 1-3 favourite to ride Denman in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. [more]
Cheltenham Announces Ladies Charity Race at The Festival
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that a Ladies-only charity flat race will take place at The Festival 2010 on Ladies Day, Thursday, March 18. [more]
Neptune Investment Management Announced as New Sponsor at The Festival 11/12/09
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that Neptune Investment Management is to extend its sponsorship portfolio at the home of Jump racing to include two further races, most notably The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, the Grade One two mile, five furlong, Novice Hurdle Championship at The Festival. [more]
Celestial Halo Heads Strong Stewart Team for the Boylesports International at Cheltenham 01/12/09
Owner Andy Stewart is hoping that Celestial Halo can enhance his claims for more Festival glory with victory in the £150,000 Grade Two Boylesports.com International at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 12. [more]
Rescheduled Meeting Fails to Disrupt Dunguib Plans
Dunguib remains on course for the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, despite the fixtures cancellation on Sunday. [more]
Concerns Over Master Minded's Season as Champion is Sidelined
Dual champion chaser Master Minded is set to undergo a bone scan on Thursday and may not run for up to three months. [more]
Twiston-Davies Bullish About Imperial Commander 23/11/09
Nigel Twiston-Davies, who saddled Imperial Commander to finish a gallant nose second in Saturday’s Betfair Chase on the first day of the Northwest Racing Masters at Haydock Park, wants to take on Kauto Star again. [more]
Kauto Star Wins Betfair Chase By a Nose 21/11/09
Kauto Star, partnered by Ruby Walsh, clinched his third victory in the £200,000 Grade One Betfar Chase at Haydock Park, and remains unchanged at 6/4 with totesport for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. [more]
Master Minded Beaten On Return 15/11/09
Master Minded, winner of the last two renewals of the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, could only finished third in the inaugural running of the £50,000 Connaught Chase. [more]
Nacarat and Oh Crick Both Set for Gold Cup Returns 30/10/09
Festival winner, Oh Crick and victor of the Racing Post Chase, Nacarat, are both set to make reappearances at Tuesday's William Hill Gold Cup Chase. [more]
Fenton Going Places 30/10/09
Philip Fenton is one of the select few to have ridden and trained a winner at the Cheltenham Festival. [more]
Bumper Stars Sweeps Hill and Shinrock Paddy Win Over Hurdles 28/10/09
Three of Ireland’s top bumper horses Sweeps Hill, Some Present and Shinrock Paddy continued their progress over hurdles at Punchestown on Wednesday. [more]
Pandorama Cut From 20-1 to 16-1 for RSA Chase Following Debut Win 27/10/09
The Noel Meade trained Pandorama made a winning start to his chasing career on Tuesday afternoon. [more]
Bumper Star Dunguib Cut for Supreme Novices 26/10/09
William Hill have cut last season’s Champion Bumper winner - Dunguib from 3-1 to 5-2 favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle following his impressive debut win over hurdles at Galway on Sunday afternoon. [more]
News from Cheltenham Racecourse 07/10/09
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced prize money of £5.77 million for the 2009/2010 season, which starts with The Showcase on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17. [more]