Cheltenham Festival 2018

Get Adobe Flash player

Entries & Recent Form

I thought that Dell' Arca ran a good race at Cheltenham on Saturday to finish a close fourth in the Pertemps Qualifier.  He was giving weight to the three that finished in front of him and saw the trip out well, staying on in determined fashion.  The trouble is that he runs so many solid races like this that he never gets any respite from the handicapper.  Let's hope Mr Nasty doesn't do anything silly!  Vaniteux ran with credit on his first start for the stable, finishing close behind the minor placings - he looks as though he could do with coming down a few pounds from his current lofty rating of 158.  Katkeau picked up a bit of prize money in the veteran's race at Aintree yesterday, while Aero Majestic was also not discredited in fifth in the novices' hurdle.  I thought all four from the weekend performed well and should be winning races before too long.

Read more...

Today there are just two meetings, both over the sticks at Aintree and Wincanton.  David has one runenr at each meeting.  Katkeau runs in the 1.50pm at Aintree and carries top weight in the veterans chase over 3m1f.  David Noonan rides.  It looks a very open race and there looks to be some well handicapped horses in the field.  At Wincanton, Aero Majestic runs in the 3.55pm, a national hunt novice hurdle and Michael Heard rides.  He has plenty of experience and placed form so hopefully he can go well again.  Tom Scu has a few rides at Wincanton and an interesting one for me is the unbeaten Sam Brown in the 1.35pm for Anthony Honeyball.

Read more...


            Dell'arca runs at Cheltenham

Today we have five meetings, flat cards at Doncaster, Newbury and Wolverhampton plus two jump cards at Cheltenham and Kelso.  David has two runners at Cheltenham, Vaniteux and Dell'arca and they both look to be in very competitive races.  Vaniteux has top weight in the 3.10pm race, a 2 mile handicap chase.  He is only five pounds higher than his last winning mark and at 10/1 in the Racing Post he has each way claims.  Dell'arca runs in the 3.45pm, 3 mile handicap hurdle.  Our eight year old normally runs his race and he was a good second off 140 at Aintree and if he reproduces that run after a break he would have an each way chance.  Tom Scu rides both of our runners.

Read more...

There are four meetings today, flat cards at Doncaster, Newbury and Wolverhampton plus a jumps card at Cheltenham.  I think it always seem the proper start of the jumps season when Cheltenham starts.  I have been looking at the card, in particular the amateur handicap chase over 3m1f which has a field of 17 runners.  I see Gordon Elliott comes over with Presenting Julio with the eye catching jockey of Jamie Codd on board.  He is the best amateur jockey around in my opinion.  It will be interesting to see how this one gets on and I am looking forward to tuning into the action this afternoon.

Read more...

Today we have four meetings, jumps cards at Ludlow, Carlisle and Southwell plus a flat card at Chelmsford.  Tom Scu goes to Ludlow for a couple of rides.  Tom did well yesterday at Sedgefield and rode a two winners.  Another jockey doing well is Hayley Turner who is making hay while the sun shines in France.  She rode a double at Compiegne and has been taking full advantage of the 2kg weight allowance for women jockeys.  That is five winners from her last nine rides and she has four rides today at Angers.

Read more...

Today we have four meetings, flat cards at Newmarket and Kempton plus jumps cards at Worcester and Sedgefield.  Tom Scu is going all the way up to Sedgefield for four rides and Kalondra looks the best of them in the 3.45pm.  Yanworth made a good start to his chasing career at Exeter yesterday.  He jumped soundly and surely a couple more races and he will be Cheltenham Festival bound.  He is now 8/1 for the JLT novices chase a position he will share with Finian's Oscar. We have taken four horses out for hound exercise this morning, the horses and staff all seem to be enjoying it in the sunshine!

Read more...


     Purple N Gold runs at Exeter today

Today there are four meetings, flat cards at Newcastle, Yarmouth and Kempton plus a jumps card at Exeter.  David has three runners at Exeter, Purple N Gold, Midnight Magic and Shell Crystal.  Purple N Gold runs in the 2.20pm amateur handicap hurdle over 2m1f.  There are 15 runners and he carries top weight of 11st 12lb less Rex Dingle's seven pound claim.  He is 16/1 in the Post.  He has won off of higher marks in the past but probably does want better ground.  Midnight Magic runs in the 2.50pm, 2m1f novice hurdle.  He is yet to show a lot in four runs but has improved a little bit with each run.  David Noonan rides and he is a big price in the Racing Post.  Tom Scu rides Aintree Bumper winner Lalor in the race.  David's trio of runners is completed by Shell Crystal in the last, the 5.20pm junior bumper over 1m5f.  Only two of the 11 runners have ever run before so you are not sure what you are up against.  She works well at home but the experience will do her good.

Read more...