Friday, February 8th
Bangor, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Kempton, Dundalk in Ireland come under orders today ahead of a fantastic weekend of racing at Newbury at Leopardstown in Ireland. The 23-runner Betfair Hurdle throws up more sub-plots than the average episode of Eastenders with trainers wanting to take advantage of good handicap marks for this valuable prize as Cheltenham looms into view.
Nicky Henderson’s Supreme Novice hope My Tent or Yours heads Paddy Power’s market on 4/1 with dark horse Cotton Mill – making his seasonal debut at 9/1 third favourite and Paddy Power is paying 1/4 the odds the first 5 home
Something’s going to give at Leopardstown as Gold Cup hopefuls Sir Des Champs and Flemenstar go head-to-head in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Depending on the manner of the defeat one set of connections are going to have their Cheltenham dreams dashed – although a repeat of the Lexus Chase – where the first four home were within kicking distance of each other – may see both take their chance in jumps racing Blue Riband.
Bangor: Seven race meeting, the going is soft 1.30pm-4.50pm
Newcastle: Seven race meeting, the going is heavy, 1.20pm-4.40pm
Wolverhampton: Eight-race meeting on the all-weather, going is standard, 5.00-8.30pm
Kempton: Seven race jumps meeting, the going is soft, g/s places 1.10pm-4.30pm
Dundalk: Eight race meeting, the going is standard, 5.50-9.20pm
Fairview: Eight race card 10.35am-2.45pm
Club Hipico (Chile): 12 race card, 5.30pm-10.05pm
Jebel Ali: Six-race card 10.15-12.45