HORSE RACING: High-class renewal of the big Huntingdon race likely

Huntingdon Racecourse general manager Liam Johnson.

Huntingdon Racecourse general manager Liam Johnson. - Credit: Archant

General manager Liam Johnson believes a terrific renewal of Huntingdon Racecourse’s flagship contest is on the cards.

The local track stages the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase – this year titled The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Edredon Blue Chase – on Sunday and the two-and-a-half mile contest has attracted a fine set of entries.

Champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who is chasing a hat-trick in the race, has entered 2016 winner Josses Hill. Henderson also triumphed last year with Top Notch when the race was transferred to Taunton after Huntingdon was left snowbound.

The entries are headed by Paul Nicholls’ classy Frodon, who triumphed at this level in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree back in October.

God’s Own, another Grade 2 winner already this season, is a possible runner for Tom George while Rene’s Girl has been earmarked to represent the Dan Skelton stable who were responsible for 2015 victor Al Ferof.

Tea For Two – runner-up to Josses Hill in 2016 – could bid to go one better for Jane Williams, while the 18-strong list of entries features four Irish horses all trained by Gordon Elliott.

Johnson said: “The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Edredon Bleu Chase is gearing up to be a high class and exciting contest. We are looking forward with anticipation to Sunday.

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“It’s our feature race of the whole year and the entries are absolutely tremendous. A thrilling race and day are in prospect for our visitors.”

The ground is expected to be good for the big race which goes off at 2.25pm.

It is part of a seven-race card which also includes the Henrietta Knight Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race – a Listed contest – at 3pm.

The first race goes off at 12.15pm with the finale scheduled for 3.30pm.

Knight was the trainer of Edredon Blue, a four-time winner of the Peterborough Chase in consecutive years from 1998 to 2001, who died earlier this year at the age of 26.

And she is thrilled to see her former star honoured by having the race run in his honour on Sunday.

Knight said: “It is wonderful that the racecourse is recognising the achievements of Edredon Bleu in the year he sadly died.

“I’m very touched the race he won four times has been named after him. A lot of people hold him dear to their hearts.”

Adult tickets for Sunday are £18 in advance and £22 on the day. Accompanied children go free as usual.

Tickets can be bought at or by calling 0844 5793007.