Some of horse-racing’s brightest stars are set to light up the next meeting at Huntingdon Racecourse.
Trainers regard the Betfred Peterborough Chase, which is the big race on the card at Huntingdon’s meeting on Sunday December 6, as ideal preparation for the prestigious William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
The list of winners of the major race of the year at the Cambridgeshire track reads like a who’s who of jump racing. Best Mate, Edredon Bleu and One Man top the roll of honour, and even the legendary Desert Orchid contested the two-and-a-half mile race during his glorious career.
So which stars of the turf will take part in the 2015 Betfred Peterborough Chase a week on Sunday?
A definite runner is Al Ferof, trained by Dan Skelton in the Midlands. The 10 year-old is owned by John Hales, of Teletubbies fame, and runs in the yellow and red colours of the much-loved grey One Man, who won the Peterborough Chase 18 years ago.
Last year’s winner Wishfull Thinking, from the stables of trainer Philip Hobbs, could be back aiming to retain his crown and would have the assistance of regular pilot Richard Johnson, the leader in this season’s jump jockeys’ championship.
Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Simonsig is a possible runner too. He will go for either the big Huntingdon race or the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park 24 hours before.
Popular veteran Somersby, who made a winning debut at Huntingdon in 2008, was runner-up in the Peterborough Chase four years ago. With his connection to eight-times Peterborough Chase-winning trainer Henrietta Knight, his appearance would be warmly greeted by spectators.
Paul Nicholls is considering the race for Ptit Zig, who ran at Ascot at the weekend, while Gloucestershire handler Tom George is indicating that Huntingdon is next on the agenda for God’s Own.
Trainers will confirm which horses are entered in the £65,000 Grade 2 steeple chase six days before the race.
Racing is between 12.15pm and 3.35pm and tickets start from £18 with accompanied children aged 17 years and under admitted free of charge.
For tickets details visit http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk or ring the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3007.
Dual Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton looks set to take part in the Point-To-Point meeting at Cottenham, near Cambridge, on Sunday (November 29).
Just nine months after her first riding lesson, the 35-year-old is due to jump a steeplechase fence for the first time in public when riding Minella Theatre in the race that kicks off the 2015-16 Point-To-Point season, the PPORA Club Members Race, which comes under orders at noon.
Pendleton was beaten into second in a photo finish on her first ride in an official race, on the flat at Ripon on August 31. She has had two more unsuccessful flat rides since then but is now diverting her attention to the more difficult - and highly dangerous - discipline of point-to-pointing (amateur steeplechasing).