Much of the early talk so far this National Hunt season has concerned Long Run’s bid to hang on to his King George Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup crowns. The six year old who defied most expectations last season by winning two of the sport’s most prestigious prizes has of course tasted defeat already this [...]
It was very hard not to be impressed with the smooth as silk winning performance of Grand Crus when toying with useful opposition on his chasing bow at Cheltenham earlier this month before striding away to a 10-lengths victory in the Steel Plate & sections Novice Chase, but it is the post-race comments of his [...]
Long Run officially ran 16lbs below his best when finishing an eight-length second to the mighty Kauto Star in a stunning renewal of the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, but Phil Smith, senior handicapper at the British Horseracing Authority, has left his rating unchanged anticipating that the defending King George VI Chase [...]
After making his return at Haydock at the weekend, Cappa Bleu will next race at Chepstow in the Welsh National on Saturday. The horse – who had a 20-month absence from racing – made an excellent comeback at Haydock, winning a three-mile handicap chase, a performance which was extremely impressive so soon after returning.
Punters who stepped in to back the talented Wishfull Thinking ahead of an anticipated run in the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day will be a little uneasy at reports that trainer Philip Hobbs is now seriously considering dropping him back in trip to two-miles for a crack at [...]