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Cheltenham festival racing information website will focus on providing


(image) Cheltenham festival racing information website will focus on providing information, free tips on the latest horse racing odds and as all relevant information on the festival and is available in a central location.

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New Web site, select the best horses and trained as a jockey on the cover feature of health and career information such as wins and losses and other career statistics.

The Cheltenham Festival 2012 video camera crew and three reporters who upload videos to the Web site will be available as soon as the festival will be on staff.

The staff will report on the following days:

Tuesday 13th March - Champion Day
Wednesday 14th March - Ladies Day
Thursday 15th March - St Patrick's Thursday
Friday 16th March - Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Simon Pegg has been announced Cheltenham Festival


(image) Simon Pegg has been announced Cheltenham Film Festival is held as trustee.

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He is a actor, comedian, writer and director, who was born in nearby Gloucester, said it was "really important" for him to support the event.

"I'd love to see the film festival take its place alongside its more established counterparts," he said.

Parabola Arts Center Festival in November will take place on weekends.

"It's really important for me to support the festival. It's what I love and it's where I'm from.

'Extremely proud'

"Cinema is as important in smaller towns and cities as it is in the bigger ones.

"I grew up going to the cinema in Cheltenham and Gloucester, so it feels fitting to be associated with the festival.

"I'm extremely proud not only to be a patron but also to see such an event is taking place in my home county," he added.

It is unlikely he will be able to attend the festival in person because of diary commitments.

Festival director Martin Pilkington said: "We are so excited to have Simon Pegg's support as patron of the Cheltenham Film Festival. It's a huge honour."

Cheltenham Festival race in place in New Zealand for New grabs for the winner


Cheltenham Festival race in place in New Zealand than New for grabs for the winner.Cheltenham Racecourse chiefs and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) exciting opportunity for a horse show in March at Prestbury Park for the meeting has received offers to travel.Cheltenham Dream 24-race series based on a points competition in which each generation in terms of grade point edge runs from May to October. This New Zealand's most spectacular and permanent jump horse racing is designed to identify and hurdlers and chasers for both is open. Horse that won the series in the UK transport costs and a Festival championship race to a place in a major pay awards will be offered connection. Karlos and Mali Juraj early leaderband is headed who have won Grade Two races at Waikato. Andre Klein, National Jump Racing Manager for NZTR, said: "We are delighted to be in a position to promote this series and sincerely hope that the winner takes up this generous offer from the team at Cheltenham Racecourse and heads to the Festival next March. "New Zealand is a country that harbours a strong passion for jump racing. "It produces excellent horsemen and outstanding horses and there can be no better place on earth to showcase that, than in front of the vast crowds at the Festival. "I can imagine the whole of New Zealand tuning into watch if a New Zealand runner makes it to the starting line and the dream becomes reality. "I have no doubt the best in New Zealand can be competitive against the best in Europe." Cheltenham's director of racing Simon Claisse said: "We are excited about the prospect of a horse travelling from New Zealand to compete in one of the top races at the Festival, which will add to the huge interest in the meeting around the world. "We'll be following the progress of the series with great interest." [...]

Cheltenham Festival 2011 - Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase


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Cheltenham Festival scare at Naas


Cheltenham Festival just started day when a top jockey men a bad cut on his face constantly before falling Ruby Walsh had a scare at Naas.The latest scare comes near Cheltenham where Irish trainer Willie Mullins primarily Walsh and Paul Nicholls for Ditcheat handler ride is a powerful book. In comparison trainer Michael Mulvany and Tim Carroll 7lb claimer for first impressions went to 33-1 shot. Mulvany said, "First Impressions appreciated the step up in trip but these maiden hurdles are very hard to win and I didn't think he'd win one. He likes nice ground and will have no problem staying three miles". "He is a nicely related horse and his dam is closely related to Florida Pearl and he should make a very nice chasing prospect next season." Co Antrim-based trainer Harry Smyth won his first for almost seven years when the cast of men under Cantrell 7lb conditional Mattie Bowes chicken and deer barrier disruption parties descended on. Smyth said, 'I have four horses in training and I only work with cast-offs from other yards! I was given Cantrell by his previous owners and the good thing about training cast-offs is at least nobody expects anything of you'. Doyle said, "He has small feet and is a light horse but had been working very well". "We would have been happy with a first four or five finish today though and he'll have one more run before going to Punchestown."[...]

James Ewart runners at the Cheltenham Festival


James Ewart have also runners at the Cheltenham Festival when he saddles Aikman and Captain Americo in next month. The Dumfriesshire trainer license held for seven years before this season and think they have enough horses on them. Aikman has choice of five entries with a wonderful book their place at Huntingdon previous week Minella Sydney Memorial banks'Novices hurdle win in the class. Captain Americo four-mile National Hunt Chase at Newcastle in January for Prince on Wayward Wetherby behind victory and a third position recently on the following courses.He said, "Aikman has come out of the race very well and I think he now will have the opportunity to go to Cheltenham".He has five entries and the only one he definitely won't run in is the Supreme. I would prefer not run in the two handicaps he's in even though he's now as short as 16-1 for the Coral.He's in the Martin Pipe Handicap as well, but probably his choices will be the Neptune or the Albert Bartlett.Captain Americo goes for the National Hunt Chase and is in tip-top form. He was ridden out this morning and is as good as ever.Cheltenham is a very special place and you only go there when you believe you have something you have a chance with. I've been training for seven years and we've never had a runner at the Festival.This year we will have two. We are only going there with Aikman and Captain Americo because they truly represent the best chances we've ever have had of a runner with potential to be placed or even possibly win a race."[...]

Pipe heads off classy Crus


To the Ladbrokes World Hurdle some spice has been added by Grands Crus at the Cheltenham Festival expressed by David Pipe.

The six-year-old grey has thrown down the gauntlet to the hat-trick-seeking Big Buck's after claiming three wins on the bounce.

We knew Grands Crus was going to win at Cheltenham in November and go on to win at Haydock a week later," the Pond House handler told the Daily Mail.

"Horses like Grands Crus don't come around very often. It's like he gets tunnel vision on the track.

"We may tow Big Buck's to the last hurdle, or all the way to the line.
"It's certainly added some spice to the race.

"He is potentially the most exciting horse I've taken to Cheltenham."

Cheltenham ruled out for Pady


Tom Cooper has discard the Cheltenham Festival from Forpadydeplasterer's agenda - but his stable star still has a opportunity of making the Punchestown Festival.

Ryanair, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Gold Cup entries was banned for Forpadydeplasterer on Wednesday after his journey to Kempton for the rescheduled King George VI Chase left a mark.

"He came back from Kempton a very sick horse and I think making the two trips to Kempton, first in December and then when the race was rearranged, put paid to him," said Cooper.

"I thought last week we were looking good for Cheltenham but I'd rather not take him over again so soon.

"I'll keep him over here for the rest of this season and hopefully he'll be ready to run at Punchestown."

Walsh 11-10 to be top Cheltenham rider again


To ride the most winners at next month's Cheltenham Festival,LADBROKES have made Ruby Walsh their 11-10 favourite.

To overtake Pat Taaffe's record of 25 festival winners,Walsh had won three successes last year.He has been absent with a broken leg since November, but aims to return to race-riding by the end of this month.

For the previous two years he has been leading rider at the meeting and can look forward to the pick of champion trainers Paul Nicholls' and Willie Mullins' runners.

Next best in the betting for the award, which is sponsored by tailors Thomas Pink, is Barry Geraghty at 3-1.

He claimed the title in 2003 with five triumphs, while Tony McCoy, four winners shy of Walsh's overall record of 27,is a 6-1 shot.

Champion Chase on Somersby agenda


The Queen Mother Champion Chase has been confirmed by Henrietta Knight is the most likely Cheltenham Festival target for her stable star Somersby.

Dual Champion Chase hero Master Minded in last month's Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot was beaten the seven-year-old and a rematch now looks to be on the cards.

Speaking on her website,, the trainer said: "Somersby is extremely well and fresh. We have decided that his most likely race at Cheltenham will be the Champion Chase on the Wednesday. That is our aim."

An upbeat report has been issued by Knight on Grand National hope Calgary Bay, who was second at Cheltenham on Saturday.

"With Doncaster abandoned last Saturday, Calgary Bay, who was three-quarters of the way there, was re-routed to Cheltenham - his second preference," Knight added.

"After five hours in the horsebox, he ran a super race to finish second to Wishfull Thinking in the Murphy Group Chase. He will now have a rest and be prepared for the Grand National in April."

Flat Out to miss Cheltenham with leg injury


Willie Mullins has confirmed that due to leg injury Flat Out will miss out on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Despite falling in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, the six-year-old was still considered to be one of the leading contenders for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins told the Irish Times: "He has a little chip fracture on a hind leg and is out for the season."

A routine veterinary inspection after his fall down confirms that he had sustained a hind leg injury when unseating Emmett Mullins at the second last fence.

Gollings Seeking for a Hero


In order to weigh up his Festival options,Steve Gollings is thinking to raise up local Hero into Grade Two company at Cheltenham later this month.

"The plan is to give him an entry in the Finesse Hurdle at Cheltenham a week on Saturday. How he runs there will hopefully help us decide between the Fred Winter and the Triumph Hurdle," the trainer said.

"He came out of Doncaster absolutely A1, he just hasn't really had a proper test yet. We know he's got a serious engine, we just need to know how serious.

"We were hoping there might be something that would want to go off in front and set a good pace, but that didn't happen so we didn't really learn much except that he's still progressing and is still a bit green really.

"There's not really a lot of time between now and the Festival in real terms and you need to know what kind of horse you've got."

Nable Prince could be collapsed for Cheltanham Festival


(image) Nable Prince could be collapsed their location for his Cheltanham Festival prep run after his fine effort in the Bord na Mona With Nature Novice Chase.

Eventually finished the Paul Nolan trained which began before seven year with a flourish to take next place, five lengths behind the winner Realt Dubh.

At Punchestown successful on his chasing debut in October, Noble Prince has two Grade One options return at Leopardstown - the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase and the Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase - before Cheltenham, although Nolan may aim lower at now.

Nolan said, "We did always think he wants more of a trip, but with the ground being heavy we were thrilled with him over the two miles. He definitely got tapped for toe down the back and he stayed on really well to pass three or four horses in the straight.

He was galloping all the way to the line - it looks as though stepping him up in trip is the way to go. He's in the Arkle at Leopardstown later in the month, but we'll have the Moriarty more in mind on Hennessy day there.

But with the ground being as heavy as it is we might give him a lesser option instead of that with a view to going to Cheltenham and the better ground. He'd appreciate the ground not being as heavy as it is. We might go for a little contest as a prep to Cheltenham instead of taking on the better horses in the Grade Ones.

Barry (Geraghty) said the last day the further he went the better he was going. He was tapped for toe so hopefully a step up in trip will suit. I suppose the new two-and-a-half-miler (the Jewson Novices' Chase) looks to be the ideal race for him."

Cheltenham Festival is Moving Ahead!


Both Exeter and Wincanton Racecourses’ forthcoming Cheltenham Festival Preview evenings will be sponsored by PADDY Power.

On Thursday, February 24,The Exeter event will take place and on Thursday, March 3,it will held again at Wincanton.

On the panel at Exeter,Paddy Power will joined by David Pipe, Paul Nicholls, Nick Williams, Andrew King and Philip Hobbs with Zoe Bird hosting the evening.

At Wincanton, Paul Nicholls, Joe Tizzard, Tom Scudamore and Channel 4 Racing's 'The Female' Tanya Stevenson will join the debate with Alice Plunkett hosting.

Group director of operations, John Baker, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paddy Power to Exeter and Wincanton’s preview evenings.

“The evenings are a popular highlight on our racing calendars and having secured racing’s finest to preview the Cheltenham Festival we are sure everyone who comes will gain a valuable insight into the main contenders.”

Cheltenham Festival with Keys


In Cheltenham festival Keys could be the first runner for Derby winning instructor Welsh Roger Charlton after maintaining his unbeaten record on Saturday. The four year old is a leading fancy for the Champion Bumper after a hat-trick with a short-head win over Cinders And Ashes at Cheltenham. Charlton said, “It doesn’t get much more exciting than a short head after an inquiry and with my first runner at the home of jumps racing”.[...]

Cheltenham fears for luckless Fehily


Jockey Noel Fehily will have an operation on his injured wrist tomorrow morning.

The luckless pilot was due to ride Kauto Star in his bid for history in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

"With accompanied under-18s being admitted free too, our rescheduled 'King George day' is going to be one of the best value racing days of 2011."

"As well as the Christmas Hurdle and the Lanzarote Hurdle, both sponsored by William Hill, there is the scintillating prospect of Kauto Star's record-breaking attempt to win the William Hill King George VI Chase for a fifth successive year.

Ebor winner Dirar is being trained for an ambitious tilt at the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

After winning at York, Dirar ran a sound race in the Group Two Doncaster Cup in fifth and had earlier chased home Overturn in the Galway Hurdle

"Hopefully one of the tracks might put a race on for him but I haven't looked in the programme book yet. That's what I have in my mind though.

"I think the County Hurdle should suit him well," he told At The Races.

Willie Mullins confront in Cheltenhan Festival


(image) At concert for the Cheltenham Festival, Willie Mullins confront a race against time to have Fiveforthree.

Willie Mullins said at the races, "He did his first bit of work the other day and has done two or three pieces of fast work now and I don't know if he's going to go chasing or not yet. We can't even school on this ground the way it is at home. He's a good jumper but we might have to review the situation over Christmas and give him another season over hurdles. We had intended at the start of the season to go chasing. However, here we are at Christmas and you have to make the most of your novice year. If you want to go to Cheltenham, time is running out, but there are lots of chases to be won over there and maybe with that's what we want to do. Maybe we'll start off in a beginners chase, hopefully he'll stay sound and then we can try to get a few more and skip Cheltenham. If you are going to Cheltenham you have to prepare for it and that time is running out."

Cheltenham Festival 2011: William Hill Betting


In Cheltenham Festival, British longest bookmakers William Hill will be betting on each of the 27 race. Across all four days of the festival the Champion Bumper to the Champion Chase, and the Fred Winter to the Foxhunters’ punters can now place bets on each race. Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, ‘’This is raising our heads above the parapet in true style! We’re aware it’s a touch early, but punters have been clamouring for more Cheltenham Festival betting than ever before and so each of the 27 races is now available to bet through all channels.’’[...]

Private Train Carriages to The Cheltenham Festival 2011


The Cheltenham Festival 2011 which will be taking place from 15 – 18 June 2011, for traveling Train Chartering is offering private First Class carriages for Cheltenham Festival 2011 from London.

The First Class carriages in the charter trains include Pullman dining; a Great British breakfast after a welcoming glass of champagne or Buck's Fizz on the way to the races, and a four-course dinner on the return to London.
Provided complimentary with each private carriage on the charter trains are:

* racecards
* newspapers
* souvenir badges
* (worth up to £80 each) Club Enclosure badges
* access to on-course private marquee with full betting facilities and pay bar
* guest speakers who will ‘mark your card'.

Since 1998 Train Chartering is providing facility services to corporate and individual clients as well as group travel organisers.You can find a wide range of train types.Train Chartering is in a unique position to tailor an appropriate rail travel experience.

Menorah cut for Champion Hurdle - Cheltenham Festival 2011


Following his victory in this afternoon's Greatwood Hurdle,Coral has cut Menorah to 7-1 (from 14-1) for the Champion Hurdle.Solwhit underlined his own Champion Hurdle claims with a Grade One win at Punchestown, and is 10-1 (from 12-1).

From the sources it has also been confirmed that Ghizao went to the head of Coral's Arkle betting at 8-1, Novices' Chase at Cheltenham with his win in the Grade Two,while Gauvain was introduced into Coral's Champion Chase betting at 14-1, following a surprise success over Forpadydeplasterer, who remains 10-1 for the King George, in the Sinbad Testimonial Chase.

"Ghizao and Menorah confirmed their liking for Prestbury Park with their respective victories, and both are likely to remain prominent in the ante post lists as the season unfol.

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup 2011 - Kauto Star 4/1 favourite


Long Run leads the odds for this weekends Paddy Power Gold Cup. This weekends big race looks to be a 2 horse battle with Great Endeavour v Long Run the short odd favourites.

This weeks biggest horse racing news tho is champion jockey Ruby Walsh bracking his leg in a fall on Corrick Bridge last weekend. Early that day he rode Kauto Star with a four-length success in Down Royal's JNWine Champion Chase. Ruby Walsh steered the 4-7 favourite home but will not ride him on boxing days King George VI Chase. AP McCoy is the likely replacement jockey.

Long Run is also tipped to run in the Cheltenham Festival gold cup against Kauto Star, who is the 4/1 favourite. Denman is likely to face his rival again and is a 10/1 outsider to win the 2011 race.

Matalan Introductory Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.


Conditional jockey Shane Byrne had the grey jumping well throughout the two-mile test and always looked in command as the six-year-old galloped on relentlessly to score by 22 lengths from top-weight Awesome George.

"I don't think the handicapper can be too hard on her and maybe she can go for the mares final at Newbury (in March) - that had been the plan last season, but she went lame beforehand."

McLintock has 14 horses in her stable at present, the most since she took out a licence, and her assistant Don Eddy said: "The win is not a surprise, he has been schooling very well at home. Brian and Graham Lee have been up to ride him."

The Karen McLintock-trained three-year-old was making his jumping debut but certainly knew his job and edged ahead of Pena Dorada between the last two flights before maintaining his advantage under Brian Harding to score by half a length.

Only four runners went to post for the Matalan And NSPCC Novices' Chase and two of those had departed by the fifth fence as Cool Friend went on to gain a well-deserved success under Tom O'Brien.

Sue Smith's Stagecoach Pearl (100-30) put up a splendid front-running performance in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap Chase.

Mason Hindmarsh dealt punters a blow when running out the 50-1 winner of the Halloween At Matalan Introductory Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.

Cheltenham Festival betting - 2011 Queen Mother Champion Chase



Yet the 2010 flat season hasn't even finished, but Sporting Bet odds compilers are already getting excited about the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

On the 2011 Cheltenham Festival Sign up with Sporting Bet through Cheltenhampro and get a free £25 bet.

Are the 5/1 co-favourites Big Zeb and Master Minded for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and there will be a few people keen to back Master Minded at a price that would look enormous judged on some of his best efforts at Cheltenham.

Each way Terms: 1/4 Odds Places 1-3 Odds

Big Zeb 5/1
Master Minded 5/1
Sizing Europe 7/1
Tataniano 8/1
Forpadydeplasterer 10/1
Captain Cee Bee 12/1
Golden Silver 12/1
Somersby 14/1
Kalahari King 16/1
French Opera 25/1
Mad Max 25/1
Osana 25/1
Riverside Theatre 25/1
Twist Magic 40/1

On Request others. A pply Ante Post Rules. All in Run or Not. Please note that if the Race is re-scheduled to another day or venue all bets will be void.

Cheltenham Festival : Binocular the star of Day



The 2010 Cheltenham Festival has started with a bang with a day of surprises leaving the bookmakers well ahead after an eventful day at Prestbury Park.
The star of the day was no doubt Binocular who claimed the Champion Hurdle in stunning style to compete a remarkable couple of weeks for the horse.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Binocular was all but ruled out of the Festival with an injury but having recovered quickly claimed the win, with AP McCoy on board looked every inch the class horse of an open field.
Those injury doubts had caused Binocular to drift in the Champion Hurdle betting with the Nicky Henderson horse going off at a good looking 9/1 as they went to post.
All the talk before the Champion Hurdle was surrounding Go Native who went off as the favourite but he never got in the race, only Khyber Kim managed to challenge Binocular with Zaynar back in third.
The first race of the Festival was of course the Supreme Novices' Hurdle when Dunguib took his place as an odds-on favourite following a huge gamble from punters on both sides of the Irish Sea.
He never looked in great shape as he was outclassed by 12/1 shot Menorah who took a surprise win to leave the bookmakers delighted. A Dunguib win would have been a disaster for the bookies and they duly got their wish with Dunguib stuttering to third place.
The Arkle Challenge Trophy was collected by Sizing Europe for Henry De Bromhead who stayed on well despite being closed down by the good looking Somersby. It was an exciting race as usual with yet another favourite in Captain Cee Bee never in the frame as punters continued to have a bad day at the office on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham may put a brake on moving Festival's final day to Saturday


(image) It is a rare thing in racing when Saturday comes as something of a rest day for most of those in the industry. For the horses, jockeys and trainers, not to mention the record crowd at Uttoxeter's Midlands Grand National fixture, there was little time for reflection upon the highs and lows of the Cheltenham Festival that finished less than 24 hours earlier.
But it was not just bookmakers who spent the day counting cash – Cheltenham's managing director, Edward Gillespie, had considerable grounds for satisfaction on that score. Indeed, politicians trying to convince the public that Britain is out of recession need look no further than the track's cash tills.
An astonishing and unexpected growth in on-course Tote betting turnover, up 22 per cent year-on-year on Gold Cup day, took the four-day total past £10m for the first time, a cause for celebration for racing itself, as both the Tote and Cheltenham's owners, Jockey Club Racecourses, are committed to re-investing their profits into the sport rather than filling the pockets of shareholders.
Cheltenham have already submitted a planning document which proposes the construction of new buildings to replace the portable structures in the Guinness Village area, currently used by 8,000 Tattersalls racegoers and as many more hospitality guests.
While corporate sales have been hit hard, the changing face of the Cheltenham racegoer has produced unexpected rewards in other areas.
"The catering spend was up 14 per cent, which is remarkable against a five per cent crowd increase, and increased profits means that we can invest in better facilities and in the prize money, to make sure that we maintain the quality of the racing," said Gillespie.