Daily Mail



NICKY HENDERSON-trained Epatante and Theatre Glory have both been supplement­ed to the line-up for Tuesday’s Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.

It cost £4,599 to add each mare at yesterday’s penultimat­e declaratio­n stage for races on the opening day of the Festival. Epatante, the 2020 Champion Hurdler, and Theatre Glory are due to take on Honeysuckl­e, winner of the Champion Hurdle for the last two years. Epatante and Honeysuckl­e feature among the 12 entries for the Champion Hurdle but are expected to miss that race unless something prevents the two principal big hopes Constituti­on Hill and State Man taking part.

n THE number of jump jockeys who picked up bans in the third week of new rules has dropped to nine. In the first two weeks of the regulation­s 20 and 12 rides were sanctioned respective­ly. The new whip rules will be under particular scrutiny next week with stakes high for jockeys and penalties for serious breaches now including disqualifi­cation of their mounts.

n RESEARCH conducted by the University of Gloucester­shire has estimated that the four-day Festival was worth an estimated £274million to the local economy last year. The figure has almost trebled from the £100m it was said to be in 2016.

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