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Category: Cheltenham Festival

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Talking Horses: Blackmore building strong Cheltenham book of rides

Irish jockey added another major contender to her mounts at the Festival when Bob Olinger impressed at NaasRachael Blackmore added another major contender to her book of rides at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday when Bob Olinger, the 6-4 favourite,…

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Talking Horses: why the Irish will still dominate at Cheltenham in March

The usual raiding party may be slimmed down but insiders see no reason to expect a Festival without big names from IrelandThe end of the Irish travel ban this weekend should bring with it the end of fears that Covid-19 could somehow prevent Irish runne…

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Nicholls puts Bravemansgame in Denman class after Challow Hurdle win

Young hurdler wins Grade One contest with easeSharjah completes remarkable hat-trick at LeopardstownThe spectre of Denman, the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, was abroad in the gathering gloom after the Challow Hurdle here at Newbury on Tuesday, as Pa…

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Crowds back at Cheltenham but Festival numbers still likely to be limited

Henderson hails racegoers back at home of jumps racingExecutives expect only a few thousand at March meetingNicky Henderson was on the punters’ side of the fence here on Friday and enjoying every moment as around 2,000 racegoers returned to the home of…

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Barry Geraghty: ‘Five winners at Cheltenham closed the book perfectly’

Former jockey has learned to relax in his retirement after a hectic career with 1,920 winners – ‘I’m enjoying being more unravelled’“In a funny way that’s what I’m enjoying being away from,” Barry Geraghty says when he considers the intensity missing f…

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Frodon back in Gold Cup contention after Cheltenham success on soft

Frodon wins on rain-softened ground despite weightMac Swiney wins Vertem Futurity at DoncasterFrodon is once more a Gold Cup contender, having produced a hugely impressive weight-carrying performance to score his sixth success at Cheltenham. He and his…

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham replace novice handicap with mares’ chase

Cheltenham’s running order has also been tweaked with Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls showing their supportA little over a year since Cheltenham announced that a mares’ chase would be added to its Festival schedule from next March, the new contest will re…

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham counts cost of winter behind closed doors

The racecourse is expected to lose at least £15m in revenue with spectators unlikely to be admitted on 13 of its 16 racedaysCheltenham racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is expected to face a loss of at least £15m in ticket revenue alone fol…

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How the home team advantage is lost when no one’s watching | Torsten Bell

New research confirms that a lack of spectators changes the expected course of matchesWhat difference does banning spectators from pandemic-era sports matches make? Quite a bit, concludes new research. First, fewer people catch Covid-19. A US study on …

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How the home team advantage is lost when no one’s watching | Torsten Bell

New research confirms that a lack of spectators changes the expected course of matchesWhat difference does banning spectators from pandemic-era sports matches make? Quite a bit, concludes new research. First, fewer people catch Covid-19. A US study on …

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Farewell to Barry Geraghty, the smiling champion of Cheltenham | Greg Wood

The 40-year-old, who has announced his retirement, won 43 times at the Festival over 24 years and will be hugely missedHaving received the acclaim of Cheltenham’s cauldron of a winner’s enclosure no fewer than 43 times in his 24-year career, Barry Gera…

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Listen to the science: it was mad to go ahead with major sporting events | Barry Glendenning

New report suggests Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool match ‘increased several-fold’ the number of Covid-19 casesNow we know. The much-maligned decisions to go ahead with the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atlético M…

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Listen to the science: it was mad to go ahead with major sporting events | Barry Glendenning

New report suggests Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool match ‘increased several-fold’ the number of Covid-19 casesNow we know. The much-maligned decisions to go ahead with the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atlético M…

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Racing Ireland chief says Cheltenham ‘should probably not have taken place’

Kavanagh says with hindsight Festival should have been offDebate raging after experts call for inquiry into death tollThe chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland has stepped into the debate over the staging of last month’s Cheltenham Festival by sugges…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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My favourite game: the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup | Chris Cook

Kauto Star and Denman were both 11 and past their best but somehow ended up sharing the lead at the home turnA bit of local rivalry always helps to crank up some sporting tension and it doesn’t get much more local than two racehorses stabled next door …