HORSE RACING: Nine horses seek big race glory at Huntingdon

Huntingdon Racecourse.

Huntingdon Racecourse. - Credit: Archant

Nine horses will do battle for Huntingdon Racecourse’s biggest prize this afternoon.

The local track stages the Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Bleu Chase – normally known as the Peterborough Chase – at 2.25pm.

Charbel, trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Noel Fehily, is the hot favourite to land the first prize in excess of £37,000.

Former winner Josses Hill is bidding to regain his crown for champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who seeks a seventh win in the Grade Two contest.

Tea For Two – the runner-up behind Josses Hill in 2016 – also returns while Paul Nicholls saddles both Art Mauresque and San Benedeto.

Top-weight God’s Own, already a winner at this level this season, represents the yard of Tom George while the 2015 winning stable of Dan Skelton send out Rene’s Girl.

Outsiders Hammersly Lake (trained by Charlie Longsdon) and Beggar’s Wishes (trained by Peter Bowen) complete the line-up.

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The race is being run in honour of four-time winner Edredon Bleu, who died earlier this year at the age of 26.

A seven-race card, which gets underway at 12.15pm, also features a Listed contest in the form of the Tattersalls Ireland Henrietta Knight Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Knight was the trainer of Edredon Bleu and sent out the winner of the Peterborough Chase on eight occasions.