A total of fifty six horses have been entered for the £80,000 Betfred Eider Handicap Steeplechase at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 25 February.
Run over four miles and one furlong, the race is a true test of stamina, and has attracted a number of the leading stayers from Britain and Ireland. Herefordshire based trainer Kerry Lee established herself as a trainer to following in staying handicaps last season and enters five for the race including two time Coral Welsh National Winner, Mountainous, Russe Blanc and the highly rated Bishops Road, who won the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park Racecourse in 2016.
Previous winners of the race Portrait King (2012) and Milborough (2015) both receive an entry from their trainers Patrick Griffin and Ian Duncan, whilst Emma Lavelle’s Shotgun Paddy is entered following his fine effort to come second last year.
Venetia Williams has entered Houblon des Obueax along with three others, whilst Irish trainer Ross O’Sullivan enters Baie des Iles, fresh from his recent win in the Grand National trial at Punchestown Racecourse, ridden by top Irish jockey Katie Walsh. Trainer David Pipe won the Eider with subsequent Grand National winner Comply or Die in 2008 and enters five this year including Gevrey Chambertain and Abracadabra Sivola.
The 2017 Betfred Eider Chase will be broadcast live by ITV Racing on ITV4.
Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, David Williamson said, “We’re delighted with the number and the quality of entries for this year’s Betfred Eider Chase, which is one of our feature races over jumps at Newcastle. We will look forward to the declarations closer to the date to see who will go forward to contest the race”.
Tickets for the Betfred Eider Chase are available from £16, with hospitality available from £85 per person. For more information, or to book tickets, please visit www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk.