Clues to the destination of some of the valuable prizes at the Cheltenham Festival next month will be evident at Huntingdon Racecourse during February.
The Cambridgeshire track is hosting two ‘Stars of the Future’ days – on Thursday 6th and 20th - including the 32Red Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle and the £20,000 Listed StanJames.com Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle.
Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “Huntingdon Racecourse’s meetings in February are renowned for the appearance by horses on their way to the Cheltenham Festival in March, such is the quality of the juvenile races we host.
“The outcome of the 32Red Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle on Thursday will be an especially good pointer to the destination of the JCB Triumph Hurdle, one of the big betting heats at Cheltenham. With the ante-post third favourite, Calipto, due to run, along with Baradari from the in-form stables of Venetia Williams, it will be very informative.”
One major pointer to the Festival already witnessed by visitors to Huntingdon Racecourse was Riverside Theatre winning the Betfred Peterborough Chase in December. Actor Jimmy Nesbitt’s star horse is a 16-1 chance for his intended target race in March, the Ryanair Chase. The runner-up in that race, Champion Court, is 20-1.
Captain Chris, the horse which finished third in the Peterborough Chase, is rated by jockey Richard Johnson as a real prospect in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for which bookmakers make him a 40-1 fancy.
Racing starts on Thursday at Huntingdon Racecourse at 1.10pm. Gates open at 11.10am. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Adult tickets booked in advance for all racing days are discounted by ten per cent at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk or on the ticket hotline on 0844-579-3007. Main Enclosure tickets are £15 on the day (students £10).