May 2024

Venatour launches as official travel partner to Crystal Cup

By |May 21st, 2024|

Cheltenham-based sports tour operator Venatour has launched a fresh set of racing tours for Jump racing enthusiasts as Official Travel Partner to the Crystal Cup.

The firm has assembled impressive itineraries for short breaks in Belgium, France, and Italy as a precursor to further tours to other legs of the 2024-25 Crystal Cup Challenge.

Aimed initially at […]

Gold Allen makes it a memorable weekend for the Papot stable at Rostrenen

By |May 20th, 2024|

This year’s Crystal Cup may be concluded, but the calendar of French cross country races is well and truly underway, the latest of the Class 1 chases in the  Trophée National taking place on Sunday at Rostrenen in Brittany.

The €52,000 fifth leg of the 15 race series may not go down as its most memorable as […]

Czechs carry off the 2023-24 Crystal Cup

By |May 11th, 2024|

Czech trainer Josef Vana Jnr was on hand on Thursday to see Ever Forget Me win the Anjou-Loire Challenge in front of a record crowd at Lion d’Angers, and deny his nearest rival, Patrice Quinton, the chance to snatch the Crystal Cup. This first Czech victory in the 12 years of the Crystal Cup pan-European […]

Ever Forget Me delivers unforgettable Anjou-Loire finale at Lion d’Angers

By |May 11th, 2024|

The 20th year of the France Sire Anjou-Loire Challenge, the world’s longest steeplechase, produced a fairytale result for 89 year old owner Victor Blot and his wife when Alexandre Orain rode a textbook race to win the €100,000 chase on Ever Forget Me.

The 7,300m (4m4f) race over 50 obstacles criss-crosses back and forth across the […]

Quinton bids to wrest Trainers’ title at Lion d’Angers

By |May 8th, 2024|

An intriguing contest awaits spectators tomorrow as the Anjou-Loire Challenge completes this year’s Crystal Cup at Lion d’Angers with the longest race of the series at 7,300m (4m 4f). 12 runners will face the starter in an all-French field.

Patrice Quinton fields three in a bid to wrest the Trainers’ title from Josef Vana Jnr. Just […]