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Yanworth faces Kingwell challenge

2 days ago

Should soft conditions make stablemate Sceau Royal a doubt, Alan King’s Yanworth is likely to be sent off a hot favourite for Saturday’s Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton but may face a stiff test depending on the prevailing ground.

 

Yanworth is one of owner J P McManus many options for the Champion Hurdle, which include Buveur D’Air and Jezki, however the seven-year-old remains trainer Alan King’s leading hope and following a minor setback is aiming to make a winning final prep on Saturday night. A high-class hurdler, Yanworth is six from seven over obstacles with his only defeat coming to Yorkhill in the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Yanworth has made two winning starts this campaign, making hard work of the Grade 2 Ascot Hurdle before looking much nearer his best in defeating The New One and Ch’tibello in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle. He has looked in need of a test this campaign having needed every yard of the 2m3f on his reappearance and he wouldn’t want a dawdle on Saturday night.

Cue Card set for Ascot repeat

4 days ago

Cue Card will clash with stablemates Thistlecrack and Native River in a fascinating Cheltenham Gold Cup but his final prep-race sees the classy 11-year-old race over arguably his best trip in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase on Saturday night.

Yanworth faces Kingwell challenge

4 days ago

Should soft conditions make stablemate Sceau Royal a doubt, Alan King’s Yanworth is likely to be sent off a hot favourite for Saturday’s Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton but may face a stiff test depending on the prevailing ground.

Frost can bounce back

2 days ago

A faller at Wincanton earlier this month, River Frost remains a hurdler with enormous potential and should be a major player in Saturday’s Les Ambassadeurs Casino Handicap Hurdle at Ascot.

Former champion Jezki continues comeback

2 days ago

2014 Champion Hurdle hero Jezki will line up in Saturday’s Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday night before either attempting to reclaim his Champion crown or switch his sights to the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.

Talented Calett Mad heads Towton

2 weeks 4 days ago

The talented young chaser Calett Mad heads a quality 10 entries for Wetherby’s Grade 2 totepool Towton Novices’ Chase live on Sky Racing 1 on Saturday night.

Henderson targets further Contenders success

2 weeks 4 days ago

Alan King’s Yanworth has suffered a slight setback and will miss the Listed Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday leaving Nicky Henderson likely to add to an excellent record in the race.

Star juvenile hurdler set for key trial

2 weeks 4 days ago

Nicky Henderson’s Charli Parcs adds some star billing to Musselburgh’s Saturday card as the exciting novice hurdler is set to take his chance in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial, live on Sky Racing 1.

Pretend can continue Appleby run

2 weeks 4 days ago

Charlie Appleby is enjoying plenty of success in Meydan and looks poised to continue his recent form on home soil with Pretend in Saturday’s Listed Cleves Stakes at Lingfield.

Battalion goes to war in Winter Derby Trial

2 weeks 4 days ago

Unbeaten since moving to Jamie Osborne, Battalion can add Saturday’s Listed Winter Derby Trial before heading to the All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Unowhatimeanharry to make it eight in a row

3 weeks 5 days ago

Harry Fry has rightly been lauded for his brilliant training performance with Unowhatimeanharry and his star staying hurdler will look to make it an unbeaten eight runs in a row at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Thistlecrack to cement Gold Cup favouritism

3 weeks 5 days ago

Brilliant novice chaser Thistlecrack will attempt to make it an unbeaten five wins over fences and cement his position as Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite live on Sky Racing on Saturday night.

Richards hoping Doncaster's a Breeze

3 weeks 5 days ago

Ballyboker Breeze heads a dual charge for Nicky Richards on Saturday night, in Doncaster's richest jumps race of the season.

Star French import can light up Ascot

1 day ago

Exciting French import Kotkikova will look to build on a solid debut for in-form trainer Nicky Henderson when she returns to action at Ascot on Saturday night.

Clarence House set for speed duel

1 day ago

Ar Mad set a scorching pace when fourth to Un De Sceaux on his comeback run in the Tingle Creek and Ascot's Clarence House Chase on Saturday night looks set to produce another scintillating spectacle.

Dark horse Alary set for British debut

1 day ago

Colin Tizzard could add to an already strong Cheltenham Gold Cup team when Alary finally makes his British debut in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock on Saturday night.

Walford hopes for more Craggaknock improvement

1 day ago

Mark Walford is hopeful for another big run from his unbeaten hurdler Craggaknock at Haydock Park on Saturday night in a fascinating clash with the classy Elgin.

Heartbreak City back over hurdles

1 day ago

Heartbreak City will have his first run since being narrowly defeated in the Melbourne Cup, when lining up over hurdles at Leopardstown on Sunday night.

Etaad can repeat last year's win

1 week 1 day ago

The sunbets.co.uk Handicap may not be the classiest race live on Sky Racing on Friday night but throws up an interesting runner as Etaad looks to repeat last year's win in the same race.

Flying Henderson targets Kempton

1 week 1 day ago

Nicky Henderson is bang in form with nine winners and seven placed runners from his last 24 runners and can add to last year's success in the Listed 32 Red Casino Chase at Kempton on Saturday night.

Viva Steve poised for further success

1 week 1 day ago

Following an eye-catching stable debut for Fergal O'Brien at Ayr back in November, Viva Steve will make a much anticipated return at Warwick live on Sky Racing 1 on Saturday night.

Mullins can make it five in a row

1 week 1 day ago

Willie Mullins has five entries to choose from for Saturday's Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle as he bids to land Punchestown's Grade 2 contest for the fifth year in succession.

O'Neill has big Lanzarote hope

1 week 1 day ago

Jonjo O'Neill's Doesyourdogbite puts his unbeaten hurdles record on the line in the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday night.

Rockerfeller to boost Sun Bets credentials

3 weeks 1 day ago

Sunday’s Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle will prove another significant pointer to the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle in March with Lil Rockerfeller looking to go one better than his second in last year’s renewal.

Cheltenham kicks off the New Year in style

3 weeks 1 day ago

Cheltenham is live on Sky Racing on New Year’s Day, with a quality seven-race card to get 2017 off to a flying start at the Home of Jump Racing.


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