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Samcro claims Cheltenham glory as Lisnagar Oscar pulls off Stayers’ shock

Hype horse edges out Melon in thrilling opening eventLisnagar Oscar surprise winner of centrepiece raceSamcro caused jubilation on day three of the Cheltenham Festival with a belated return to top-class form. The chestnut, for whom such high expectatio…

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Tame Cheltenham run suggests Tiger Roll has lost his Grand National roar

Tiger Roll finishes second in cross-country behind EasylandBookmakers push odds out to 8-1 for a third successive NationalHas the Tiger lost his roar? It is a question that must be asked after what, by the ordinary standards of Tiger Roll, was a tame d…

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Politologue pulls off shock runaway win in Champion Chase at Cheltenham

Grey wins first race at meeting with all-the-way victoryOdds-on shot Defi De Seuil never going well Politologue was the surprise winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, leading home a 1-2 for his trainer Paul Nicholls. Defi Du Seuil was an extremely…

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Politologue pulls off shock runaway win in Champion Chase at Cheltenham

Grey wins first race at meeting with all-the-way victoryOdds-on shot Defi De Seuil never going well Politologue was the surprise winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, leading home a 1-2 for his trainer Paul Nicholls. Defi Du Seuil was an extremely…

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Rachael Blackmore finds the gap and steers Honeysuckle to success

Cheltenham’s favourite female jockey earned the applause after seeing off two Mullins horses to take the Mares Hurdle Related: Epatante lands big gamble in Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival Two Gold Cup-winning jockeys got a lesson in tactics from…

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Envoi Allen to run in Cheltenham’s Ballymore Novice Hurdle after track test

Gordon Elliott happy after walking the Cheltenham courseEnvoi Allen now 11-8 favourite for Wednesday’s raceEnvoi Allen has been committed to the Ballymore Novice Hurdle on the Cheltenham Festival’s second day after his trainer, Gordon Elliott, walked t…

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Paisley Park odds-on for Cheltenham’s Stayers Hurdle after Trials Day win

• ‘He’s getting better,’ says Paisley Park’s trainer, Emma Lavelle• Santini wins Cotswold Chase to enter Gold Cup argumentPaisley Park went odds-on with most firms for a second Stayers Hurdle success after winning on Trials Day here with a performance …

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Altior set to miss King George on Boxing Day after disappointing gallop

• Nicky Henderson may run chaser in Desert Orchid instead• Call Me Lord wins International Hurdle to cheer trainerBuveur D’Air is injured and Altior is likely to miss the King George but for Nicky Henderson, it seems, there is always a fresh set of you…

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‘As wet as I’ve known it’: racing hit by rain as new homes for big races sought

• Doncaster and Newbury cards abandoned on Saturday • Group-level races could be saved if new homes foundHeavy overnight rain has caused the abandonment of Saturday’s race-meetings at both Doncaster and Newbury, leaving a jump-racing card at Cheltenham…

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Paul Townend repays Al Boum Photo’s owners in gold for mistake | Chris Cook

Gold Cup-winning jockey had taken wrong course when heading for victory in a race at Punchestown last AprilIn the hard-nosed, results-driven world of horse racing jockeys who make a mistake cannot always count on getting the chance to redeem themselves…

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‘It’s a joke! I’m in tears’: Paisley Park gives Andrew Gemmell first Festival win

• Favourite secures emotional victory for blind owner• Stayers’ Hurdle triumph comes 46 years after first visitAndrew Gemmell, the owner who has been blind since birth, got his cherished Festival winner 46 years after his first visit when Paisley Park …

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Sir Anthony McCoy hits out over ‘disgraceful’ ban on Cheltenham jockey

• McCoy: ‘I’m embarrassed for the BHA’• Stewards punished three riders after National Hunt ChaseSir Anthony McCoy spoke of his disgust with racing’s ruling body during an ITV broadcast from the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, expressing in vivid term…

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Altior equals world record in Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival

• Hot favourite equals record of consecutive jump race wins• Winner not at best after mistake at water jumpAltior gave his supporters a couple of frights but eventually proved to be the certainty he was supposed to be and won his second Queen Mother Ch…

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Benie Des Dieux uncanny repeat of Cheltenham history stuns Rich Ricci

• Mare’s fall an almost eerie echo of same race in 2015• Ricci interviewed on TV about BetBright controversyRich Ricci appeared a broken man in the aftermath of the Mares Hurdle, when his hopes of victory were dashed at the final flight for the second …

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Horse dies and three jockeys suspended in Cheltenham Festival drama

• Future of National Hunt Chase called into question• Troubling scenes after final race on opening dayThe last race on day one at the Festival turned into a very troubling spectacle, with twice as many fallers as finishers, and it ended with the death …

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Espoir D’Allen shock winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

• Outsider makes light work of testing conditions• Reigning champion hurdler Buveur D’Air fallsEspoir D’Allen was a surprising but emphatic winner of a drama-filled Champion Hurdle in which Buveur D’Air, winner for the last two years, was an early fall…

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Trainer Nicky Henderson happy with Might Bite’s pre-Cheltenham schooling

• Gold Cup hopeful jumps a total of 10 fences• Henderson says: ‘It’s all gone to plan. He jumped beautifully’Might Bite came through a pre-Cheltenham schooling session in fine style here on Sunday morning, jumping a total of 10 fences under Nico de Boi…

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Paisley Park gives Emma Lavelle that Cheltenham Festival fervour

• Odds cut for Stayers’ after 12-length win in Cleeve Hurdle• Owner Andrew Gemmell, a Prince fan, says: ‘Let’s go crazy’Paisley Park was a hugely popular winner of the Cleeve Hurdle and surely no horse will go into March’s Festival here with a greater …

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Paul Nicholls defends Cheltenham after Rooneys decide to shun track

• Move ‘a bit of a kick in the teeth’ for course officials • Like a footballer not wanting to play at Wembley, Nicholls saysA vigorous defence of Cheltenham racecourse, widely regarded as the home of steeplechasing, was made by racing insiders on Tuesd…

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BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

• Nick Rust commented on discussions not yet taken place• The New One retires as Brain Power wins the dayRacing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Ru…