National Hunt racing at Cheltenham returns with The Showcase meeting on Friday and Saturday

Horse Talk with Simon Jackson: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news. NATIONAL Hunt racing returns to the fore as Cheltenham host their first race meeting of the season with The Showcase meeting on Friday and Saturday. The Showcase is the first fixture at Cheltenham since The Festival™ in March which was successfully concluded just…

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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…

Regal Encore team target £100,000 Sandown bonus

By Simon Jackson  Sandown officials are confident that racing will go ahead on Saturday where the feature race of the day offers a £100,000 bonus if the winner can also score at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. The ultra-consistent Regal Encore heads the betting for the showpiece race, the Grade 3 William Hill Imperial Cup Handicap…