Author: Sarah Elsley

Festival Trials Day 2017 – A History of the Cotswold Chase

Festival Trials Day 2017: The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase was first run in 1980 as the Tote Double Chase with a total prize fund of £5,215. BetBright sponsored for the first time in 2015 and, in 2017, the race carries a total prize fund of £100,000. Field Size – The most runners to line up was 10 (2013), while three took part in 1982 and 1988. Multiple Winners – See More Business is the only dual winner, scoring in 1998 and 2001. Most Successful Owner – The most successful outright owner is John Hales, with two victories courtesy of One Man...

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Former Hennessy Gold Cup to be sponsored by Ladbrokes

In December, Newbury Racecourse announced that the 60th Hennessy Gold Cup, won in such memorable style by Native River, was the last running of the historic race under the backing of Hennessy. Newbury has now agreed a valuable long-term sponsorship partnership with Ladbrokes, covering 13 races on both days of its biggest Jump meeting. The highlight of the two days will be the race formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, a handicap chase over three and a quarter miles. The value of that race will be increased by 25% to £250,000 for its next running. The Ladbrokes-sponsored meeting will take...

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Festival favourites set to go on trial at Cheltenham on 28th January

Festival favourites: Brilliant novice chaser Thistlecrack and top staying hurdler Unowhatimeanharry feature among a host of stars set to run at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day on Saturday 28th January. Festival Trials Day is the last fixture at the Home of Jump Racing before The Festival (Tuesday 14th March to Friday 17th March inclusive). A terrific nine-race programme also includes the £70,000 Clarence House Chase (1.45pm, 2m ½f), which has been rescheduled following the abandonment of Ascot on Saturday 21st January. The Clarence House Chase is now sponsored at Cheltenham by Spectra Group. Simon Davies, CEO, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, commented: “Spectra Cyber Security...

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Betway to sponsor Kingmaker and Kingwell contests

Kingmaker and Kingwell contests: Betway has boosted its National Hunt racing portfolio with two new exciting race sponsorships, as the bookmaker continues its investment in the sport. The firm will now sponsor the Grade 2 Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Saturday 11th February, a race won in the past by greats such as Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow. Betway has also penned a deal to sponsor the full card at Wincanton on Saturday 18th February, where the highlight of the day is the Grade 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle. The 2016 Kingwell Hurdle was won by Rayvin Black...

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Nicky Richards has two bullets to fire at Doncaster’s Sky Bet Chase

Trainer Nicky Richards is hoping to run both Ballyboker Breeze and Looking Well in the £80,000 Listed Sky Bet Chase (3.40pm, 22 confirmations) at Doncaster on Saturday 28th January. The prestigious three-mile handicap chase is the richest Jump race of the year at Doncaster and the feature of an exciting seven-race card. Sky Bet also supports the £50,000 Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap Chase (1.20pm) and the £35,000 Grade Two Sky Bet Lightning Novices’ Chase (1.55pm), both run over an extended two miles. Unexposed chaser Ballyboker Breeze (11st) enjoyed a comfortable success by four and a half lengths of a three-mile handicap chase...

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