It's almost that time of year again, the horse racing season is just around the corner, starting with the Cheltenham Festival . The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious jump racing event of the year, with the festival hosting the world renowned Gold Cup on its final day. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup was held in 1819, but as a three-mile race without jumps. However, the modern version we see with jumps first ran in 1924. The festival is the first of 30 major events being held this year by the British Horse Racing Authority. Here's all you need to know ahead of the2019 running of the historical festival... When is it? This year's festival takes place from Tuesday March 12 through to Friday March 15 2019, with the Supreme Novices' Hurdles starting at 1:30pm and the final race of the day at 5:30pm. Gates open at 10:30am and Cheltenham have a shopping village with over 70 stands, live music and food and drink running throughout the day of racing. Where does it take place? The … [Read more...] about When is Cheltenham Festival 2019? Dates, tickets, race schedule and TV channel
PICKING the best road bike tyre for you and your ride can make all the difference when out on the tarmac. All brands vary in compounds and grip patterns, but when it comes to a tyre that is suited to riding in summer conditions, you can expect a slightly lighter set with less protection from punctures than those found on the winter bike tyres. Thin, narrow tyres on road bikes are thankfully a thing of the past, and most are now available in wider sizes – some going as high as 28C. In layman’s terms, this means more rubber in contact with the road, and therefore a more comfortable ride. Before going for the biggest set going, it’s best to check if the tyres are compatible with your bike. Older frames might not have the tyre clearance necessary, so it’s worth investigating before buying. The other thing to consider is whether you opt for clincher, tubular or tubeless tyres. Again, this depends on the set-up of your bike’s wheels, and most older sets will … [Read more...] about The best road bike tyres you can buy in 2019
After an action-packed opening two days of the Cheltenham Festival the punters were back for more on Thursday. Tens of thousands of fans were present for the penultimate day of the festival as the big races keep on coming. The action kicked off with a win for a favourite, as Yorkhill won the JLT Novices' Chase. Presenting Percy triumphed at 11/1 in the next before Un De Sceaux justified favouritism with a brilliant front-running display. But Unowhatimeanharry was turned over at 5/6 in the feature race of the day, the Stayers' Hurdle, before Ruby Walsh landed his FOURTH winner of the day in the 4.50 on Let's Dance. You can also follow the action as it happens with our live blog. 1.30pm: JLT Novices’ Chase, 2m 3f 198y 1. Yorkhill 6/4f 2. Top Notch 7/2 3. Disko 4/1 Yorkhill gave trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh a belated first winner of this year's Cheltenham Festival when winning a dramatic race for the JLT Novices' Chase. Walsh had Graham Wylie's seven-year-old … [Read more...] about Cheltenham Festival 2017 day three results: How did your bets do on the penultimate day?
The road that Plaid Cymru is on will end in defeat, a party leadership hopeful has said.Adam Price told party members the party is "at a crossroads" and there was no option but to be candid.He was speaking at the party's leadership election launch on Tuesday, along with rival candidates Leanne Wood and Rhun ap Iorwerth.Ms Wood and Mr ap Iorwerth dismissed his proposal to rename Plaid as the New Wales Party .His idea was dubbed "superficial" by Ms Wood, while Mr ap Iorwerth said he would concentrate on "more fundamental things" if he became leader.Mr Price, who represents Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, promised a "new independent state with a new state of mind" if he was elected as leader. Two challenge Wood for Plaid leadership Plaid Cymru leadership contest - a pivotal moment All change for Welsh Assembly party leaders? Ms Wood, party leader since 2012, said members should not bet against her winning, saying the party needs to be "better at campaigning and stop trying to please … [Read more...] about Plaid Cymru on the road to defeat, says AM Adam Price
When a political consensus arises, it’s usually time to worry. Right now, the Conservatives and Labour have convinced most commentators that ramping up government infrastructure investment is an economic no-brainer. Clear differences exist in the scale and composition of the parties’ plans. Chancellor Sajid Javid has pledged an extra £22bn per year of borrowing for new public investment in road, rail and broadband. Labour’s John McDonnell wants to more than double current investment spending, adding £55bn a year primarily for “green” and “social” transformation. Both, ultimately, would raise public investment to levels not seen sustainably since at least the Seventies, predicated on the idea... … [Read more...] about The UK’s infrastructure arms race leads us down a road to nowhere