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Festival stars on parade at The April Meeting next week

Press Release 9th April 2019 Cheltenham

By RACENEWS

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Almost a month has passed since the successful conclusion of The Festival™ presented by Magners at Cheltenham Racecourse and racing returns to the Home of Jump Racing on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18, with The April Meeting.

Racegoers will have the chance to see two of the heroes from The Festival™ presented by Magners who will be parading at The April Meeting. Paisley Park was the hugely-impressive winner of the G1 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle for owner Andrew Gemmell, Wiltshire-based trainer Emma Lavelle and jockey Aidan Coleman.

The seven-year-old is set to parade at 1.20pm on Thursday, April 18 and will be joined by G1 Ryanair Chase victor Frodon. Owned by Paul Vogt and trained by Paul Nicholls in Somerset, Frodon became the first G1 chase winner at The Festival to be partnered by a female jockey when he came home in front under Bryony Frost.

The April Meeting falls during the Easter Holidays this year and there is plenty to keep the children occupied on Thursday, April 18 when the Tattersalls Sales Arena will be transformed into a Family Fun Zone. Free activities on offer include face painting, walking pet balloons, rosette making and colouring in, as well as the opportunity to ride an equiciser.

There are also 800 free Easter eggs up for grabs, so racegoers should arrive early as they are on a first come, first served basis. Children aged 18 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. The children’s activities and free Easter eggs are for children in the Club and Tattersalls enclosures.

The racing highlight at The April Meeting is the £60,000 G2 Cure Parkinson’s & Hambo Foundation Barchester Healthcare Silver Trophy Chase, a limited handicap staged over an extended two and a half miles on Wednesday, April 17.

Past winners of this contest include Norton’s Coin, Katabatic, Beech Road, Strong Promise, Seebald and Our Vic.

Robert Waley-Cohen has been Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse since 2011 and is set to hand over the reins to Martin St Quinton at the end of the season.

Waley-Cohen is set to be represented at The April Meeting by the Nicky Henderson-trained novice hurdler Igor, who he owns in a partnership. The home-bred six-year-old by Presenting shaped with promise in two starts towards the end of 2018 at Ascot

The Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning owner is looking forward to being represented by Igor at The April Meeting in the opening race on Wednesday, April 17, the £20,000 Citipost Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles.

Waley-Cohen revealed: “Igor is set to run at The April Meeting at Cheltenham on Wednesday, April 17.

“He was a good second on his first start at Ascot in November.

“At Ascot last time out, he didn’t run very well and was well beaten. However, he was found subsequently to be under the weather and Nicky has been very happy with him since.

“Good ground would suit him and we are looking forward to running him.

“He is a nice young horse and hopefully he can continue to improve with more experience in his races."

Thursday, April 18 at The April Meeting features a seven-race programme exclusively for mares, headlined by the £40,000 G3 Junior Jumpers Fillies' Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and the £40,000 Listed EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase Series Final.

All racing at The April Meeting takes place on the New Course.

The April Meeting 2019

First Day – Wednesday, April 17 – New Course                  

2.05pm CITIPOST Novices’ Hurdle 2m 4½f £20,000

2.40pm Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Chase (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) 2m 5f £60,000

3.15pm Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 4½f £25,000

3.50pm Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase 3m 1½f £17,500

4.25pm Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle 3m £20,000

5.00pm Weatherite Handicap Chase 3m 2f £25,000

5.30pm Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f £15,000             

Second Day-Thursday, April 18 – New Course          

2.05pm Glide Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) 2m 4½f £25,000

2.40pm European Breeders Fund/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Finale (Listed) 2m 5f £40,000

3.15pm Catesby Estates Plc Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Listed) 2m 4½f £25,000

3.50pm JRL Group Mares’ Handicap Chase 3m 2f £20,000

4.25pm Junior Jumpers 4-Y-O Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 1f £40,000

4.55pm Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Handicap Chase 2m £25,000

5.30pm Spreadex Sports Betting Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f £15,000

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the northern outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world's pre-eminent Jump meeting. The Festival™ presented by Magners, which happens in March over four days every year, next takes place from Tuesday, March 10, to Friday, March 13, 2019 inclusive and tickets are on sale. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural arena and offers the highest-quality action throughout the Jump season.

More information is available at www.cheltenham.co.uk and through Twitter (@CheltenhamRaces), Facebook www.facebook.com/thehomeofjumpracing and

Instagram (@CheltenhamRaces).

About The Jockey Club

Cheltenham is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Festival™ presented by Magners and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences The Jockey Club offers through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny made goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and the charity, Racing Welfare. For more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

If you need any information about racing at Cheltenham, please contact: Sophia Dale, Communications Manager - Jockey Club Racecourses South West 01242 537 683 sophia.dale@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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