Hopes of racing returning to Essex boosted by inclusion in 2015 fixtures process

By Simon Jackson. The chances of racing returning to Essex have received a massive boost following news that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has accepted an application for fixtures allocation for 2015. The request was submitted by Great Leighs Estates Limited (GLEL) for the new Chelmsford City racecourse, on the site of the former Great…

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Ruby Walsh fancies Hurricane Fly in Champion Hurdle

By Simon Jackson Ruby Walsh is upbeat about the chances of Hurricane Fly who bids to land his third Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham (3.20pm) on Tuesday. The Willie Mullins trained 10-year-old first won the feature race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in 2011. He secured the double in 2013 and…

Cheltenham ground drying as Festival approaches

By Simon Jackson The ground conditions continue to quicken at Cheltenham on the eve of the 2014 Festival where the going is currently good to soft on all courses and expected to dry out more. Cheltenham is set to race on the Old Course for the first two days of the meeting on Tuesday and…

BHA clear Last Instalment to run in Cheltenham Gold Cup

By Simon Jackson The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has found no evidence that horses trained by Philip Fenton were administered anabolic steroids, clearing the way for Last Instalment to line up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Confirmation that 7-1 shot Last Instalment would line-up in the Gold Cup was delayed when the BHA instigated…