Cheltenham Festival 2019: Sir Erec put down after suffering fatal injury in Triumph Hurdle

15 Mar

Sir Erec was put down after suffering a fatal injury during the Cheltenham Festival’s Triumph Hurdle.

The contest was marred by the incident that occurred mid-race, with the hot favourite breaking down half-way round the course.

Sir Erec was put down after suffering a fatal injury on Friday

It was subsequently confirmed that the Joseph O’Brien-trained Sir Erec had suffered a fatal injury.

Sir Erec, ridden by Mark Walsh, was well-placed when he pulled up after jumping a fence and it was clear the injury was serious.

He had, prior to the race, been reshoed having lost the shoe on his front-right leg on the way up to the starting flag.

The contest was delayed as a result.

Pentland Hills eventually won the race, with trainer Nicky Henderson paying tribute to Sir Erec after it finished.

“Sir Erec was a gorgeous horse, he was just stunning,” Henderson said.

“That goes and happens and your heart goes out to them, as JP (McManus, owner) is a good mate and is one of the great men of National Hunt racing.”

Henderson added of the winner: “He nearly fell at the first. I was then thinking, ‘Nicky Henderson, I’m not sure it is a good idea’, but then the rest was good.

“The amazing thing is when he won at Plumpton I was very impressed with him. He was so professional racing, and professional jumping.”

Harry Redknapp tells hilarious story of being conned by ‘jockey’ who was introduced to him as Lee Topliss

15 Mar

Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT the hilarious story about him being conned by a ‘jockey’ for FIVE YEARS before discovering the truth.

Joining the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast live at Cheltenham, Redknapp recalled the time he was introduced to Lee Topliss, the jockey.

Redknapp was left with egg on his face, which still isn’t as bad as grubs in the mouth

However, it turned out that this ‘Lee Topliss’ was not the real Topliss, but instead a conman who strung Redknapp along for half a decade!

He used his relationship with Redknapp to go to Tottenham matches, get Gareth Bale’s shirt, and even borrow £500 from the unsuspecting manager.

But the conman’s story came tumbling down when Redknapp got a call from one of his mates – who revealed ‘Lee Topliss’ actually worked in a pub in Newmarket!

If only Redknapp could identify the real Lee Topliss

You can – and should – listen to Redknapp’s hilarious story below…

You might think that was the end of the story, but, remarkably, it wasn’t.

The conman, who is actually called Stevie, got in touch with Harry TODAY, as he was on his way to join the Sports Breakfast team at Cheltenham to apologise for leading him on for such a long time.

Gold Cup 2019 tips: talkSPORT’s predictions for who will win showpiece Cheltenham race

15 Mar

It’s Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham with all eyes on the illustrious race.

The 2019 Gold Cup is set to be run at 3:30pm this afternoon in the showpiece event of another thrilling week of racing at Prestbury Park.

Richard Johnson and Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season

Past winners of the famous Grade 1 content include Arkle, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Mill House but who will add their name to that list today?

talkSPORT will have full coverage and live commentary of the big race and here are our tips for who could go on and win it.

Gold Cup 2019 talkSPORT tips

Lee McKenzie – talkSPORT2 racing correspondent
Native River 

Micky Quinn – talkSPORT presenter
Native River

Tanya Stevens – talkSPORT2 presenter
Presenting Percy 

Emmet Kennedy – talkSPORT Irish racing expert
Bellshill

Alan Brazil – Sports Breakfast presenter
Presenting Percy

Templegate – The Sun’s top tipster
Elegant Escape

Rob Wright – The Times’ champion tipster
Clan Des Obeaux

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson part-owns Gold Cup runner Clan Des Obeaux

How can I listen to the Gold Cup live on talkSPORT?

talkSPORT will have full coverage of the Gold Cup with our Cheltenham special beginning at 1pm on the day.

To tune in, simply click here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

What is Gold Cup day schedule?

13.30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle

14.10 The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle

14.50 The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle

15.30 The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

16.10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

16.50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

17.30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual

Sir Alex Ferguson going for Gold Cup glory: Manchester United legend dreaming of Cheltenham win with horse Clan Des Obeaux

15 Mar

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will be gunning for Cheltenham glory today with his horse among the favourites to win the famous Gold Cup.

Since retiring from his glittering football career as manager of the Old Trafford club, Ferguson has become a huge figure in the world of horse racing.

Ferguson with jockey Ruby Walsh at Aintree in 2010

He part-owns Clan Des Obeaux who will be running in this afternoon’s illustrious Gold Cup race.

And the seven-year-old gelding, who will have jockey Harry Cobden on board, is being hotly tipped for success, currently being priced as the second favourite at 5/1.

Speaking of Ferguson, Cobden told the Guardian this week: “He’s a lovely man. I’ve met him three or four times. He’s inspirational and the sort of person you could listen to all day. I went to Old Trafford because of him last month.”

“I’m not a big football fan. I know nothing about football but it was a great experience as it was the first game I’ve ever been to. It was Man U v PSG and we went to Sir Alex’s box afterwards and chatted about the football. I didn’t really understand it. He said things which totally went over my head.

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson part-owns Clan Des Obeaux

“I still loved listening to him and the PSG supporters were crazy. It was pretty fantastic.”

You can find out if Ferguson can claim yet another famous victory live on talkSPORT this afternoon.

We’ll have full coverage of the big race which is due off at 3:30pm.

It’s the final ‘Championship’ race of the four-day Festival and is regarded as the most prestigious of all National Hunt races.

Cheltenham Festival: Lee Westwood lands £48,200 from £240 stake on incredible Super Heinz bet

14 Mar

Golfer Lee Westwood landed £48,200 from a £240 stake on day two of Cheltenham.

The former world number one placed a Super Heinz bet, which is made up of seven selections.

Lee Westwood landed the Super Heinz bet

He only needed two of his choices to come home to get a profit but he picked six winners at the Festival.

The 45-year-old posted a picture on Instagram of his successful return.

Westwood’s winning bet slip

A Super Heinz bet combines the seven selections into 120 individual bets. It consists of 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 four-folds, 21 five-folds, 7 six-folds, and a seven-fold accumulator.

He relied on Altior, Tiger Roll, Envoi Allen, Band of Outlaws, City Island and Topofthegame from day two of racing.

Westwood has proven himself something of a racing expert at Cheltenham as he landed £20,768 last year.

The Nottinghamshire-born golfer picked an astonishing 11 winners from 12 to collect the windfall.

Keep up to date with live commentary and analysis from Cheltenham on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.

Stayers’ Hurdle 2019 live on talkSPORT: What time is the Cheltenham race? Who are the runners? Who should I bet on?

14 Mar

The Stayers’ Hurdle will headline the third day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and we’ll have live coverage on talkSPORT.

Penhill won the prestigious race last year and the runners and riders are gearing up to take the crown this week.

talkSPORT will have full coverage and live commentary of the big race from at Prestbury Park and here’s everything you need to know to tune into the action.

Penhill won the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year

What is the Stayers’ Hurdle?

The Stayers’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race run at Cheltenham racecourse every year.

It is run over a distance of three miles, has 12 fences to be jumped during the race and is open to horses aged four years and over.

It is one of key long-distance hurdle events on the racing calendar and the main event on the third day of Cheltenham Festival.

When is the Stayers’ Hurdle 2019?

The 2019 The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle will take place on Thursday, March 14.

The race is due off at 15.30 and is the third ‘Championship’ race of the four-day Festival.

Who will run in the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle?

Paisley Park is the current favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle but Faugheen and Supasundae are also being hotly tipped.

The likes of Black Op, Kilbricken Storm and Bacardys are also in the mix.

How can I listen to the Stayers’ Hurdle live on talkSPORT?

talkSPORT will have full coverage of the Stayers’ Hurdle with our Cheltenham special beginning at 1pm on the day.

To tune in, simply click here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

What are the latest odds?

Paisley Park 15/8

Faugheen 7/2

Supasundae 8/1

Black Op 11/1

Kilbricken Storm 14/1

Bacardys 12/1

Top Notch 14/1

Bapaume 20/1

Petit Mouchoir 33/1

West Approach 33/1

Wholestone 33/1

Yanworth 33/1

Sam Spinner 40/1

Coquin Mans 66/1

The Mighty Don 80/1

Keeper Hill 100/1

Nautical Nitwit 100/1

Man Of Plenty 100/1

Showpiece Cheltenham race Stayers’ Hurdle will be live on talkSPORT

What is the St Patrick’s Thursday schedule?

13.30 The JLT Novices’ Chase

14.10 The Pertemps Network Final

14.50 The Ryanair Steeple Chase

15.30 The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle

16.10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

16.50 The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle

17.30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Is Cheltenham on today? Festival officials say day two IS ON after inspection

13 Mar

Day two of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead, racecourse officials have announced.

Last night an inspection was called for 8am on Wednesday morning with high winds predicted and there was a contingency in place to postpone the second day’s card until Saturday. However, after a precautionary weather inspection, the green light was given almost two hours before the scheduled inspection in order to provide racegoers with plenty of notice and booze tents plenty of time to replenish stock ahead of Alan Brazil’s arrival.


Cheltenham on talkSPORT


Simon Claisse, clerk of the course at Cheltenham, said: “We’re delighted that the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospect of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the Old Course with the feature race the Ł400,000 Grade 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.”

Alan will be happy the racing is on today

Gold Cup 2019 LIVE updates: Al Boum Photo wins showpiece Cheltenham race – listen to talkSPORT commentary

12 Mar

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the country’s most-watched and best-loved races of the year and the 2019 edition is set to be run.

talkSPORT will have full coverage and live commentary of the big race from at Prestbury Park.

How can I listen to the Gold Cup live on talkSPORT?

talkSPORT will have full coverage of the Gold Cup with our Cheltenham special beginning at 1pm on the day.

To tune in, simply click here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

Queen Mother Champion Chase 2019 live on talkSPORT: What time is the Cheltenham race? Who are the runners? Who should I bet on?

12 Mar

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is one of Cheltenham Festival’s key races and the 2019 runners will be looking to take Altior’s crown from last year.

The race is the leading minimum-distance chase in the National Hunt calendar and one of the four main show piece events at Prestbury Park.

talkSPORT will have full coverage and live commentary of the big race and here’s everything you need to know to tune into the action.

Altior won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last year

What is the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase held at Cheltenham racecourse every year.

It is run over a distance of two miles and there are 12 fences that need to jumped during the race.

It is open to horses aged five years and over and is regarded as one of the most prestigious short-distance races in the country.

The prize fund for the Queen Mother Champion Chase is over £400,000. Last year’s winner Altior bagged around £227,000 for finishing first.

When is the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The 2019 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase will take place on Wednesday, March 13.

The race is due off at 15.30 and is the second ‘Championship’ race of the four-day Festival.

How can I listen to the Queen Mother Champion Chase live on talkSPORT?

talkSPORT will have full coverage of the Queen Mother Champion Chase with our Cheltenham special beginning at 1pm on the day.

To tune in, simply click here for the live commentary stream or the radio player below.

Who will run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

Likely contenders include last year’s winner Altior and closet rival Min.

The likes of Sceau Royal and Politologue will also be right in the mix.

Altior won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last year

What is Ladies Day schedule?

13.30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

14.10 The RSA Steeple Chase

14.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle

15.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase

16.10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

16.50 The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

17.30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

What are the latest odds?

Altrior – 4/9

Min – 4/1

Sceau Royal – 14/1

Politologue – 20/1

Saint Calvados – 25/1

Castlegrace Paddy – 25/1

Hells Kitchen – 25/1

Gods Own – 33/1

Ordinary World 33/1