Big Orange targets glory in Lonsdale Cup

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Newmarket-based trainer Michael Bell will be hoping Big Orange can continue his winning streak in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup tomorrow (2.30pm).

The four-year-old was victorious in both the Princess Of Wales’ 
Arqana Racing Club Stakes and Qatar Goodwood Cup races last month, and will be among 11 runners competing for the £90,736 first place prize.

Big Orange was the 25/1 outsider in the Princess of Wales’ Stakes at Newmarket, but surprised the rest of the field.

A thrilling victory by a neck in the Goodwood Cup proved that win was no fluke, and Bell and Big Orange now target a third consecutive first place at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival tomorrow.

Elsewhere, fellow Newmarket trainer William Haggas enjoyed success in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Haggas’ runner Adaay put his disappointing performance in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot well behind him, winning the Group Two race 
with a stylish display
 to scoop the £85,065 prize.

n The Craven meeting, staged at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse, has been extended to a three day mid-week fixture for 2016.

The 2016 British Racing fixture list was published by the British Horseracing Authority on Friday, and revealed that the two day event would be given an extra day next year.