02 Mar 2009 Pre-2014 Releases

• Tipping competition forms part of dedicated Festival coverage, which will include a live BHA blog from Cheltenham

To mark the redesign of its website stage.britishhorseracing.com, the British Horseracing Authority is running a free to enter Tipping Competition revolving around the showpiece Festival races as part of a dedicated area on the Cheltenham Festival

The competition provides racing fans with the chance to pit their wits against some celebrity tipsters, including Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and former England Rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio, who have put their pride and racing knowledge on the line in an attempt to win £500 for the charity of their choice. The winning non-celebrity tipster will win £500 for themselves.

Winning selections are awarded points based on their starting price (e.g. a 10/1 winner is worth 10 points) and the tipster with the most points after the Gold Cup will scoop the prize. The races involved are:

• Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
• Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
• Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
• RSA Steeple Chase
• Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
• Ryanair Chase
• Ladbrokes World Hurdle
• JCB Triumph Hurdle
• totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

The other celebrity tipsters competing to add “king of the tipsters” to their already impressive CVs are author Jilly Cooper, trainer Ed Dunlop, Grand National winning jockey and broadcaster Mick Fitzgerald, Charlton FC’s captain Matt Holland, model Jodie Kidd and 5Live’s racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght.

Entry to the competition is completely free and further details can be found at stage.britishhorseracing.com.

Additional Cheltenham features on the website include a detailed Festival news feed and a highlights video of the 2008 Cheltenham Festival courtesy of Racing UK. Visitors to the website will be able to get the latest Cheltenham going updates and non-runner details, and for those unable to be at Cheltenham or watch it on television, they can listen to all the action live courtesy of Cheltenham Radio, powered by Timeform.

The Authority’s spokesman, Paul Struthers, will also be blogging live every day from Cheltenham with insight into the work of our team of Raceday Officials, the latest news from the Stewards Room and updates on decisions made by the Authority’s officials at the Festival.

The charities selected by our celebrities are:

Harry Redknapp’s chosen charity is Julia’s House – a hospice for sick children in Dorset.

Lawrence Dallaglio is supporting the Dallaglio Charitable Foundation, which was founded recently and will initially raise money for Cancer Research in memory of his mother Eileen.

Jilly Cooper is supporting Greatwood, which cares for retired racehorses and children with special needs.

Mick Fitzgerald is supporting the Injured Jockey’s Fund and hopes his selections will help raise money for a cause which helped him get over his own injuries.

Ed Dunlop is supporting the Retraining of Racehorses charity, British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing

Jodie Kidd is supporting The Jodie Kidd Foundation, which raises money for three charities.

Cornelius Lysaght is supporting the Alzheimer’s society, and hopes to win the competition to help this worthy cause.

Matt Holland is supporting MENCAP, which supports people with a learning disability and their families and carers.