Lessons In Milan to strike at Sandown

Trainer Nicky Henderson will be fully focussed on next week’s Cheltenham festival and he could hardly have his team in better form. His last four runners have all won including new Pertemps Final favourite Call The Cops and Lingfield flat winner Hurricane Higgins. Lessons In Milan His best chance of a winner at Sandown on Friday appears to be Lessons In Milan, a seven-year-old by St Leger winner Milan out… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Grand Annual Chase

The final race of the Cheltenham festival on Friday is the Grand Annual Chase, a Grade 3 handicap over two miles. Savello Jockey Davy Russell completed a memorable Gold Cup day last year when riding Savello to victory for Tony Martin. The nine-year-old son of Anshan could be back for another tilt at the prize but is now on an 8lbs higher mark and would have to shoulder top weight.… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Martin Pipe Hurdle

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle was introduced to the Cheltenham festival in 2009 and named in honour of the fifteen times champion trainer. Son David Pipe has tried unsuccessfully to win the race so far but is bound to have several entries. Willie Mullins has already won it on two occasions including last year with Don Poli. Roi Des Francs Mullins predictably has the early favourite again here with… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Foxhunter Chase

The Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is restricted to amateur riders and dates back to 1904. Only horses that have finished first or second twice in Hunter Chases or been successful in two open point-to-point races are eligible. The race has occasionally revealed top class chasers such as Grand National winner Grittar (1981) and Gold Cup runner-up Rushing Wild (1992). Paint The Clouds The early favourite this year is… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the festival with the best staying chasers from Britain and Ireland set to clash over three and a quarter miles. Lord Windermere The defending champion is Lord Windermere who sprang a 25-1 surprise when beating On His Own and The Giant Bolster 12 months’ ago. His preparation has mirrored last season with some encouraging placed efforts, notably when third to Carlingford Lough… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

The three-mile Albert Bartlett is the longest of the novice hurdle events at the Cheltenham festival. The race is often a stepping-stone for future staying chasers and past winners include Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth. Black Hercules Willie Mullins has the favourite in all three novice hurdles at the meeting with Black Hercules his main representative here. The six-year-old son of Heron Island finished fourth behind Silver Concorde in the… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – County Hurdle

The County Hurdle is one of the big betting handicap races of the week at the Cheltenham festival. It is the second race on Gold Cup day this year with a maximum field of 28 runners racing over two miles and one furlong on the new course. Calipto The early favourite is the Paul Nicholls-trained Calipto, fourth in last year’s Triumph Hurdle and third at Aintree. The five-year-old son of… Read More »

Cheltenham 2015 – Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle is the juvenile championship race at the Cheltenham festival and opens the card on Gold Cup day. Although the race produces some top class hurdlers, very few have gone on to win the Champion Hurdle. The most recent to do so was Katchit for Alan King in 2007. King, along with Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs, has been very successful in this race in recent… Read More »

Sara Errani looks great value in Monterrey

Timea Bacsinszky provided Aussiebet with a 10-1 winning tip in Acapulco last week and is back in action in Monterrey. Timea Bacsinszky The Swiss is seeded four this week and is closing in of the top thirty in the world rankings. As often happens, there is a slight dip in form following a big win and she struggled to beat Yania Wickmayer in round one. With that tough match behind… Read More »

Wozniacki hard to oppose in Malaysia

Caroline Wozniacki is odds-on favourite for the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur following defeats for the second and third seeds. Caroline Wozniacki The Dane had little difficulty in beating Chinese qualifier Yafan Wang 6-3, 6-1 to book her place in the second round and set up a meeting with Lin Zhu, a three-set winner over Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine. Wozniacki has never played Zhu before but is improving with… Read More »