Author: Sarah Elsley

Captain Joy seeking Dundalk Fast-Track Qualifier repeat on Friday 10th March

Last season’s All-Weather Mile Championships victor Captain Joy tries to set up another Good Friday tilt by winning the €25,000 Matthews Coach Hire Race at Dundalk on Friday 10th March. The Tracey Collins-trained eight-year-old captured the corresponding Polytrack Fast-Track Qualifier over a mile last season before going on to beat Sovereign Debt by half a length in the £150,000 contest at Lingfield Park on Finals Day. The winner of Friday’s race gains a free and guaranteed place in the line-up in the final on Good Friday, 14th April. Following two G3 appearances on turf at Leopardstown in the summer, Captain Joy...

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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Phil Tufnell and Hector Ó hEochagáin lead BetBright Cup 2017 Teams

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Former cricketer and professional funny man Phil Tufnell, and Irish TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin have been named respective Great Britain and Ireland captains for the BetBright Cup 2017. The BetBright Cup 2017 (formerly the Prestbury Cup) is awarded to the country with the greatest number of Cheltenham Festival winners. After Great Britain won a narrow victory in 2015, last year the teams couldn’t be separated and it ended in a stalemate on the final day, though a subsequent disqualification gave Ireland a 15-13 advantage. “The Cheltenham Festival is an incredibly exciting time for all British and...

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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Best season means strong de Bromhead team for The Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Henry de Bromhead has discussed some of his leading contenders for The Festival, headed by impressive Thyestes Chase winner Champagne West and Stan James Champion Hurdle hope Petit Mouchoir. The Irish handler has sent out three winners at The Festival, notably Sizing Europe in the 2011 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, and is enjoying his best ever season since taking out a licence in 1999. “We have been very fortunate this season,” said de Bromhead. “We have got some very nice horses and we are very lucky to be in the position we are in at the moment....

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Calvinist among seven starters for in-form Archie Watson in Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City

Seven horses go to post at Chelmsford City on Thursday 2nd March, in the £20,000 Visit For Racing Results Conditions Stakes. The two-mile Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the  £150,000 Betway Marathon over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, 14th April, with the winner on Thursday gaining a free and guaranteed place. The top-rated performer is Godolphin’s Winning Story (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy). The four-year-old son of New Approach has already secured his place on Finals Day, having landed a Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle on 21st December. Archie Watson...

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£250,000 Trophy the highlight of Newbury Winter Carnival

Newbury Winter Carnival: Newbury Racecourse has announced the race names for its Jump season highlight that will be sponsored for the first time this year by Ladbrokes. The two-day meeting, which takes place on Friday 1st December and Saturday 2nd December in 2017, will be known as The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, with both days broadcast live on ITV Racing. Saturday’s highlight, the race formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, will now become the Ladbrokes Trophy and the Grade 3 contest is worth £250,000 this year, an increase of £50,000 on the 2016 race. The major race on Friday will...

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