The Festival Racing

Cheltenham Festival 2022: Tiger Roll Retired after Delta Work beats him into Second in Cross Country Chase

Delta Work (5/2 Favourite) won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022, getting up to defeat stable companion Tiger Roll (3/1) by three-quarters of a length. Both horses are owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and entered the winner’s enclosure together.   The 12 year old Tiger …

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Cheltenham Festival 2022: Honeysuckle Makes History in Champion Hurdle

Honeysuckle created history on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival 2022 by becoming the first mare to win the Grade One Unibet Champion Hurdle twice.  Repeating her success of 2021, the eight year old was the three and half-length winner from Epatante, the 2020 winner. Zanahiyr was another length away in third. With jockey Rachel …

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The Festival 2022: Lucy Wadham has high hopes for Martello Sky

By Graham Clark Lucy Wadham has high hopes that stable star Martello Sky is capable of giving her an emotional first success at The Festival by settling a score in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday 15th March. Although no stranger to the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure, success at The Festival has so far eluded …

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Cheltenham Festival 2022: Paul Nicholls Highlights His Team’s Best Chances

By Graham Clark Paul Nicholls, the 12-times champion Jump trainer in Great Britain, hosted the media at his Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat ahead of The Festival™ at Cheltenham later this month (Tuesday 15th March to Friday 18th March inclusive). Nicholls, who has 46 Festival winners to his name, said: “I’ll have about 12 or …

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The Festival 2022: Dan Skelton enthusiastic about his Squad

By Graham Clark Trainer Dan Skelton has high hopes for Protektorat in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and believes his team for The Festival is “significantly the best team we’ve had in terms of quality”. Speaking at his Lodge Hill stables near Alcester at a pre-Festival media event organised by The Jockey Club, the trainer …

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The Festival 2022: It’s “Squeaky Bum Time” says Nicky Henderson

By Sam Hanson Nicky Henderson took some of his potential Cheltenham Festival stars for a racecourse gallop at Kempton Park on Tuesday 1st March and as the two-week countdown to Jump Racing’s ‘Olympics’ begins admitted: “It’s squeaky bum time.” Among those sent to the Surrey track for a day out by the Seven Barrows trainer …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Rachael Blackmore the champion of Cheltenham as Irish land record 23 Festival winners

Cheltenham 2021 came with a pre-warning that it would be much different to the norm and that wasn’t misplaced – a record 23 Irish-trained victories over the four days underlined an incredible festival for Irish-trained, ridden and Irish-bred horses. Pride of place on day four went to Minella Indo, a brilliant winner of the WellChild …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Minello Indo wins Gold Cup and makes history for trainer Henry de Bromhead

Minello Indo’s victory in the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup etched Henry de Bromhead’s name into the history books, as the trainer became the first ever to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year. Afterwards he admitted his celebrations would be restricted, with a …

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: ‘Incredible’ Rachael Blackmore hits six with Triumph Hurdle victory

Quilixios handed Rachael Blackmore her sixth victory of the week in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, which immediately prompted quotes of 12/1 for next year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle. His impressive performance also secured a fifth win of the 2021 Festival™ supporting WellChild for trainer Henry de Bromhead and a third for Cheveley Park Stud. Rachael Blackmore …

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