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Punchestown Festival 2010

The Irish National Hunt season draws to a close with the five day Punchestown Festival that starts tomorrow Tuesday 20th April. For those going across the Irish Sea from England these five days are a marathon. The atmosphere at Punchestown is unique, very relaxed, great facilities and exceptionally good value for money. The admission charges…

Countdown to King George VI Chase at Kempton 2009

Lets hope the weather relents and racing can take place on Boxing Day where the feature race will be the William Hill King George VI Chase worth £200,000 run over 3 miles. Kauto Star should win it for a fourth time but there will not be much between him and Imperial Commander judged on their…

Countdown to Hennessy Gold Cup 2009

After last weekends exciting performances by Kauto Star, Imperial Commander, Diamond Harry and Zaynar we now have the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase to look forward to at Newbury on Saturday the 28th as well as the Wbx.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. Denman (pictured) is a short priced favourite for the Hennessy.If he is in…

Betfair Chase at Haydock 2009

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the return of jump racing star, Kauto Star (pictured), in the £200,000 Betfair Chase (the Lancashire Chase) at Haydock over 3 miles.The going forecast is heavy which is ground Kauto Star has not won on before but he is a class act and great horses “go” on any ground. The mud loving…

Countdown to Cheltenham Open Meeting 2009

I always associate the Charlie Hall Chase Meeting at Wetherby as the start of the National Hunt season “proper”. Last Saturday’s race had a poor turn out for a £100,000 race, trainers no doubt concerned about the safety of the ground. As it happened the race provided a super finish between Deep Purple, Tamarinbleu and…

Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup 2009

The centre piece of the 5 day Punchestown Festival in Ireland is the Guinness Gold Cup which will be run over 3 miles 1 furlong this evening at 18.05 pm. It looks a fairly open race with Notre Pere (pictured) the likely favourite. He will definitely stay the distance in the rain softened going as…

Punchestown Festival 2009

The Punchestown 5 Day Festival gets underway at 15.45 pm this afternoon when the Irish racegoers will have the added attraction of seeing Master Minded (pictured) running in the Kerrygold Champion Chase at 18.05 pm this evening. He is a very warm order to win this race for owner Clive Smith, trainer Paul Nicholls and…

Bet 365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase 2009

It is three weeks since all the drama and excitement of the Aintree Grand National Meeting and although we have had the Irish and Scottish Grand Nationals together with the Classic Trials for the Guineas since, the racing to me has been low key. However the two day Bet 365 Meeting gets underway on Friday…

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown 2009

There is a terrific eight race card at Leopardstown on Sunday with the feature race being the Irish Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup worth 206,000 euros. This race is run over 3 miles and last years winner The Listener goes again, this time to be ridden by Andrew J McNamara. The Listener fell on his last…

Betfair Ascot Chase 2009

In four weeks time this will be Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. In the meantime there is some interesting racing tomorrow at Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton. The race carrying the most prize money is the Betfair Ascot Chase worth £150,000 run over 2 miles 5 furlongs. There is a disappointing turn out on account of the…