Huntingdon Racecourse to offer clues to Cheltenham Festival

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Huntingdon Racecourse is poised to provide more clues to the Cheltenham Festival at its racing fixture tomorrow (Thursday).

Earlier this month the young racehorse Chris Pea Green took the honours in the first of two major trial races ahead of the highlight of the jump racing year – and now goes for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Festival.

This week’s principal race at the Cambridgeshire jump racing track is the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, registered as the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle.

Twelve horses have been entered for the two-and-a-half mile race, including one each from the leading training yards of champion trainer Paul Nicholls and his chief rival Nicky Henderson.

A number of the horses entered have Cheltenham Festival races firmly in their sights.

Thursday’s feature race forms part of a series at racecourses owned by The Jockey Club leading all the way to the Grade 1 £120,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Nadia Gollings, Huntingdon Racecourse’s general manager, said: “Our two juvenile and novices’ hurdle races in February are among the highlights of the year for us.

“The races are always targeted by horses destined to run at the Cheltenham Festival. Chris Pea Green was a really worthy winner of the 32Red Hurdle for the Chatteris Fen Trophy and now we look forward with considerable interest to the outcome of Thursday’s feature event.”

The first race time on Thursday is 2pm. Admission is £15 for adults – while accompanied under 18s get in free. More at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk