Hennessy Gold Cup winner Diamond Harry, as short as 7/1 for the forthcoming Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 18, has failed to please trainer Nick Williams in recent weeks and connections fear he might not be at his best in the feature race on the fourth and final day of the National Hunt extravaganza. [...]
Phillip Hobbs’ Cheltenham hopes have been dealt a severe blow after his leading Supreme Novice Hurdle contender Dare Me was ruled out of the race. The seven-year-old, who made a name for himself last year by finishing sixth behind Cue Card in the Festival Bumper, had shown seriously impressive form since switching to hurdles this [...]
Save Our Racing! Illinois Horse Racing in a State of Collapse. Is There Something That Can be Done About it?
So sad. Illinois, which has a grand history of horse racing, dating back to President Lincoln, is in a state of near collapse, and that’s very very regretable. In the 1850s, while still a Springfield lawyer, Abraham Lincoln enjoyed watching horses race at a Sangamon County fair. In the 1930s, Al Capone reportedly held a [...]
Irish trainer Charles Byrnes had a surprise in store for punters at Faiyhouse on Wednesday, when he announced that his stable star Solwhit will now be making the trip to the Cheltenham Festival. After being beaten by Hurricane Fly for the third successive time this season at Leopardstown in the Irish Champion Hurdle, Byrnes all [...]
Trainer John Quinn is in bullish mood with regards to the Cheltenham Festival prospects of his charge Recession Proof, following a superb recent performance. The well-regarded five-year-old battled to a third victory over obstacles when defeating Bothy in a difficult re-scheduled Totesport Trophy at Newbury on Friday. As a result of that victory, Recession Proof [...]