Irish have a strong hand in Glenfarclas Chase as Crystal Cup reaches crunch point

Irish contenders make up half the entries for next month’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, leg 8 of the Crystal Cup, as owners from the Emerald Isle continue to assert their authority on the Cheltenham Festival, and on this race in particular. Eight of the last 10 winners have been trained in Ireland, 5 of them […]

By |February 28th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Hip Hop Conti strikes a second time in Pau Grand Cross

A fascinating Grand Cross de Pau confirmed the two top exponents of cross country racing in France as favourite Hip Hop Conti reaffirmed his liking for this race with a back-to-back victory by 1 1/2l over the 2022 winner Saint Godefroy, with Harmonie Roque making up the minor placings.

The nine entries whittled down to 7 […]

By |February 18th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Select entry for Pau Grand Cross sets up intriguing contest

Hip Hop Conti heads the entries for the Grand Cross de Pau Allianz Olivier Ournac on Sunday, in a select entry of 9. The 7 year old gelding comes into the race on the back of a brace of wins at Pau over shorter distances than the 6,300m (4m)  here, the latest at the end […]

By |February 12th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Coco Beach strengthens Elliott hand for Cheltenham Festival cross country

Coco Beach has added to the strength of the Irish challenge for the March leg of the Crystal Cup with a stirring victory in today’s PP Hogan Memorial Cross Country at Punchestown. The  11/8 favourite was prominent throughout, taking up the running at the 18th and putting distance between him and runners-up Genois and Fameaftertheglory, […]

By |February 5th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

More cross country action at Pau as countdown to Grand Cross hots up

The Pau season reached its climax yesterday with the Grand Prix de Pau Foie Gras Biraben, the course’s marquee steeplechase, won by In Love under the guidance of Nicholas Gauffenic for Hugo Merienne, which took place in front of a bumper crowd of over 14,000.

Whilst the top chasers have been gracing Pau during the 10 […]

By |February 5th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments