Thursday, 15 April 2021
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
The 2003 Champion Hurdle was won, in emphatic style, by Rooster Booster, owned by Terry Warner, trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson, all of whom were recording their first win in the race. The popular grey had won the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival, but improved out of all recognition – officially by 19lb – in 2002/03. His winning margin, of 11 lengths, has been bettered just twice in the history of the Champion Hurdle. Defending champion Hors La Loi III blotted his copybook by refusing to race.
Monday, 15 March 2021
We got lucky last year, as the Cheltenham Festival was the last major sporting event to take place prior to lockdown (no such luck with the 'virtual Grand National' – which wasn't exactly edge of your seat stuff). Thankfully this year once again the Cheltenham Festival will once again be taking place. Sadly there will be no crowds but the 'Cheltenham Roar' from the previous Festival will be used and so that familiar feel will be there. In anticipation of the event, with the help of Betway, Richard Hoiles has his quiz hat on and will be asking some well known West Ham players representing Ireland and Britain (Prestbury Cup style!) what they know about racing and the Cheltenham Festival.
Monday, 1 March 2021
By contrast, in 1990, Norton’s Coin, one of just three horses trained by Carmarthen permit holder Sirrell Griffiths, was the longest-priced winner in the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. ‘More a candidate for last than first’, at least according to the official Cheltenham racecard on the day, the nine-year-old defied odds of 100/1 to beat Toby Tobias and defending champion Desert by three-quarters of a length and four lengths, breaking the course record in the process.
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