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Wayward Lad
22 Sep 10 16:55
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There is to be an announcement at the stables by Cheltenham Racecourse next Tuesday. Anybody have an inkling what its about?
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Report Me2 September 22, 2010 4:57 PM BST
Going to be a race named after Princess Anne?

Other wild guesses welcome, so that mine doesn't look so stupid. Laugh
Report Wayward Lad September 22, 2010 5:11 PM BST
My thoughts were that this new race may be named after Nicky Henderson (his dad has one named after him, after all). But then I thought they could have the "2nd-last fence Chase" in which the leader of the race at the 2nd-last fence wins - then Barbers Shop may get a Festival victory to honour the Queen!
Report Me2 September 22, 2010 5:13 PM BST
So you're thinking along the same lines of a new race name?

Might be a race named after See You Then, though he was trained elsewhere.
Report Howdi September 22, 2010 5:55 PM BST
Cheltenham to have a 5th day and a new race will nmaed in its honour. The race will be a 3 mile 3 furlong contest and the slowest horse wins. Winner expected to be announced by July. Latest betting:

Quixhall Crossant 4-6
Mikhael D'Hagunet (on three legs) 7-4
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! September 22, 2010 7:17 PM BST
Monkey on

Report Rondetto September 25, 2010 8:15 AM BST
It's an announcment and a request to all Betfair members.

The announcment will be. Binocular is out of the Champion Hurdle

The request will be can Nicky get on at 1000 this time as he needs to stock up his drink cabinetLaugh

Hopefully they have a sponsor who is going to name a race after him.

If ever a man deserved it it's Nicky Henderson.
Report Me2 September 25, 2010 2:29 PM BST
Is that Ken?
Report 3132 September 27, 2010 7:56 AM BST
Its Stan James being announced as the new Champion Hurdle sponsors it mentioned today in the RP...also sponsoring the Bula/Intl Hurdle and the Fighting Fifth.
Report Me2 September 27, 2010 2:51 PM BST
One knock-on effect is that William Hill have been told they can no longer sponsor the 3m H'cap Chase!

Surely the sensible thing is to just move it to another day at the Festival when another bookie ain't sponsoring a race?? Or isn't there one?
Report Wayward Lad September 27, 2010 4:56 PM BST
Me2: surely that's not what's going to happen? Racing needs every sponsor it can get and to kick one in the goolies at the expense of another (even if both are bookies) is downright daft. I hope its not true.
Report Me2 September 27, 2010 7:30 PM BST
Yeah, seems a bit extreme to me.  Maybe bookies have always insisted on exclusive rights, but we've never noticed before?? 

Page 2 of today's Racing Post:-

As a result of Stan james winning the rights to the Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham have informed William Hill that the bookmaker will no longer be able to back the 3m handicap chase on the Tuesday of the Festival, staged in recent seasons as the William Hill Trophy.
Report 3132 September 27, 2010 7:43 PM BST
Can only presume they insisted on being the only bookmaker sponsor on the day for a commitment of £500k+.

Noticed the article saying Betfair was also involved in discussions re sponsoring the Champion Hurdle.
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