The Grade 1 Tingle Creek takes place this weekend at Sandown and it is undeniably one of the most iconic two mile chases of the year. Witnessing some of the classiest two mile chasers negotiate the famous Railway Fences with speed and exuberance is always a sight to behold. The race boasts an illustrious history with household names such as Desert Orchid, Moscow Flyer and Kauto Star featuring amongst the roll of honour. Sire De Grugy aims to become the joint most successful horse in the Tingle Creek, bidding to win it for the third time.
Aintree also host a fantastic card this weekend featuring the Becher Chase and The Grand Sefton Chase, both of which are run over the Grand National fences. Any horse that proves their aptitude for the unique and testing obstacles they will face can only enhance their prospects of running a fine race in the Grand National itself in April.
The International Meeting takes place at Cheltenham on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December. The meeting enjoys a plethora of competitive handicaps and Taquin Du Seuil will be looking to follow up his success in the BetVictor Gold Cup with victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Last year’s International Meeting saw exciting novice's Blaklion and Unowhatimeanharry win, both of whom later went on to record fine victories at The Cheltenham Festival in March. The feature race of the two day meeting is the International Hurdle; will we see a horse cement their credentials as a worthy Champion Hurdle contender?
The festivities continue on Boxing Day where the King George takes place at Kempton Park. The King George is the second leg of the Jumps Triple Crown and all eyes will be on Cue Card after his victory in the Betfair Chase. Should he win, he will be firmly on target for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is the last leg of the Jumps Triple Crown which results in the one million pound bonus. Cue Card completed the first two legs last season and will be seeking redemption for his unfortunate fall in the Gold Cup last year, which left us with the imponderable question as to whether he would have won?
What better way to celebrate New Year with a day at the races? Warwick race on New Year’s Eve, accompanied by a stellar card Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Looking further ahead in to 2017, the pinnacle of the National Hunt season, The Cheltenham Festival, takes place in March, swiftly followed by the Grand National Festival in April. You can spend your Rewards4Racing points on all these fixtures or start saving now for next year. View the racecourses you can spend your points at here.
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