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Online sports betting site 888Sport have been announced as the Official Betting Partner of the Cheltenham Showcase meeting and will sponsor four race meetings across the two-day event.
The Cheltenham Showcase meeting is the track’s opening fixture of the 2021/22 season and takes place over Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd of October.
The Cheltenham Festival will take place at the racecourse five months later from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th March and WhichBookie racing analysts Will Smith and Andrew Blair White will be providing Cheltenham betting tips up to and throughout the festival including these ante-post tips for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
Cheltenham Showcase Meeting 22nd-23rd October
The What’s Your Thinking Novices’ Hurdle and 888sport Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase will both be sponsored by the sports betting operator on the Friday followed by two headline 888sport-sponsored Handicap Chases at 14.20 and 15.30.
|Cheltenham Showcase Meeting (Friday 22nd October)|
|1:55||The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (Class 2)||2m abt 4f|
|2:30||The squareintheair.com Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)||Abt 2m|
|3:05||The 888sport Whats Your Thinking Novices’ Hurdle Race (Class 2)||3m|
|3:40||The 888 Sport Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)||2m abt 4f|
|4:15||The Abu Dhabi Digital Exchange Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 3)||2m abt 4f|
|4:50||The Andy Stewart Memorial Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)||3m abt 1f|
|5:25||The Foundation Developments Maiden Hurdle Race (Class 3)||2m abt ½f|
|Cheltenham Showcase Meeting (Saturday 23rd October)|
|12:15||The Dragon TV & Film Studios Pony Racing Series 138cm & Under||7f|
|12:40||The Racing Welfare Pony Racing Series 142cm & Under||1m 1f|
|1:45||The NHS Vaccinating Heroes Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (0-140) (Class 3)||2m abt ½f|
|2:20||The 888 Sport Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)||3m abt 1f|
|2:55||The Masterson Holdings Hurdle Race (Class 2)||2m abt ½f|
|3:30||The 888 Sport Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)||Abt 2m|
|4:05||The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)||Abt 3m|
|4:40||The Mick Turner a Lifetime in Racing Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)||3m ½f|
|5:15||The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 2)||Abt 2m|
VP Head of Sport at 888sport, Kieran Spellman, said:
“The Showcase meeting at Cheltenham is seen by many as when the National Hunt season really kicks off and it’s fantastic that we are now the Official Betting Partner. It’s even more special that this will be the first time in more than 18 months that racegoers will be in attendance at, what many regard, as the home of National Hunt racing.
“We are expanding our presence in horse racing in both Britain and Ireland and, along with this new sponsorship, we have signed one of the sport’s greatest ever jockeys in Barry, who will provide great insight and knowledge to racing fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.”
Regional Head of Partnerships for The Jockey Club West, Jack Royle, said:
“The Showcase is always an exciting meeting for us as we open our gates once again after the summer break. We’re delighted to be working with the team at 888sport and are pleased to have them on board as our Official Betting Partner of the two day meeting.”
Barry Geraghty – 888Sport UK & Ireland Horse Racing Ambassador
Former jockey Barry Geraghty has partnered with 888Sport and come on board as the brands’ Horse Racing Ambassador in the UK & Ireland. Geraghty will be sharing his expert analysis of the biggest fixtures of the season along with teaming up with some legendary names in the sport to provide feature-length interviews.
Barry Geraghty said:
“I’m really excited to have signed with 888sport ahead of the new Jumps season and I’m looking forward to offering my views on all the big talking points over the next few months.”
“The Showcase meeting at Cheltenham is when the season really gets going and I can’t wait to be there – it will be the first time I’ve been racing at Prestbury Park since retiring in March 2019.”
Season Preview With Henry de Bromhead
Keep an eye out for a special ‘season preview’ from 888Sport and Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead which will be released ahead of the Cheltenham Showcase meeting. The preview will see de Bromhead sit down with Geraghty to discuss his runners, Honeysuckle, Minella Times and Bob Olinger.