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Category: Cheltenham Festival

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Chacun Pour Soi makes plenty of appeal for Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins’ runner looks a very rare talent and the visual impression of Saturday’s win was backed up by a timefigure that was almost off the scaleThe third Dublin Racing Festival over the last two days at Leopardstown was, by some margin, the best…

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Delta Work lifts Irish Gold Cup for Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliott

• Willie Mullins’ Kemboy is runner-up in Leopardstown feature• Faugheen rolls back the years with Grade One novice chase winDelta Work, the 5-2 second-favourite, stayed on best at the end of a gruelling race for the Irish Gold Cup here on Sunday, beati…

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Aggrieved Twiston-Davies puts Bristol De Mai firmly on course for Gold Cup

• Trainer believes Cotswold Chase runner-up is underestimated• Henderson suggests Grand National may be plan for Ok CorralBristol De Mai is being underestimated once more, Nigel Twiston-Davies said on Sunday as he reflected on the grey’s effort in Satu…

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Talking Horses: Faugheen leads Willie Mullins’ Dublin Festival contenders

Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, runs the rule over their stable’s Leopardstown contenders with Cheltenham loomingTrials day at Cheltenham on Saturday will kick off three consecutive weekends of Grade Ones and prep races ahead of the Festival meeti…

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Talking Horses: hurdles the only way to Festival for injured Thistlecrack

Veteran missed the King George with a bruised foot, which continues to trouble him, and the Gold Cup is not an optionThe bruised foot which caused Thistlecrack to miss the King George VI Chase is still troubling him three weeks later, Colin Tizzard sai…

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Andy Dufresne advertises Cheltenham Festival claims at Punchestown

• Winner had to fight to hold off Captain Guinness• Elliott yet to decide Cheltenham target for victorFour of the last six winners of the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle have started favourite for the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival two mon…

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Bryony Frost and Frodon on Gold Cup trail after Kempton success

• Paul Nicholls’ chaser back to his best in Silviniaco Conti Chase• Frost: “Frodon’s jumping was just amazing”Frodon and Bryony Frost put themselves back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since the famous day at the last Cheltenham Festival,…

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Cheltenham quash speculation about fifth day at famous Festival meeting

• New chairman told ITV Racing track had not ruled out extra day• Course reiterate meeting will remain on Tuesday to FridayCheltenham racecourse insisted on Wednesday that it has “no plans” to add a fifth day to its Festival meeting in March or switch …

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Cheltenham quash speculation about fifth day at famous Festival meeting

• New chairman told ITV Racing track had not ruled out extra day• Course reiterate meeting will remain on Tuesday to FridayCheltenham racecourse insisted on Wednesday that it has “no plans” to add a fifth day to its Festival meeting in March or switch …

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Talking Horses: why a five-day Cheltenham Festival is a terrible idea

Odds-on favourites have become more common since a fourth day was added. Do we want thrilling battles or processions?If you enjoy a thing, it’s only natural to want more of it, as those of us who have done extremely well at the trough in the past fortn…

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Al Dancer puts down Cheltenham Festival marker on his chasing debut

• Twiston-Davies will give winner a break until December• Chaser second favourite for Arkle Trophy at Festival in MarchWinter officially started at midday here on Friday, as Cheltenham opened its doors and set the clock ticking down towards the Nationa…

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Talking Horses: Topofthegame out for the jumps season with leg injury

Paul Nicholls has revealed bad news about his Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate, a winner at the last Festival in MarchOne of the brightest talents in jump racing has been ruled out of the approaching season with the news that Topofthegame has sustained a …

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Ferdy Murphy: Cheltenham legend who honed craft behind the scenes

The trainer, who has died aged 70, officially saddled 10 Festival winners but may have masterminded many more big-race winsFerdy Murphy, whose death at the age of 70 was announced on Tuesday, officially saddled 10 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, th…

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Five-day Cheltenham is ‘inevitable’, warns Gold Cup winner Kim Bailey

Gold Cup-winning trainer predicts Festival extension from four days, but Oliver Sherwood says it would be ‘absolute disaster’Kim Bailey, who achieved the feat of saddling Champion Hurdle winner Alderbrook and Gold Cup winner Master Oats in 1995, said o…

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Female jockeys took Cheltenham glory but still underestimated by punters

• Research reveals backers’ bias against women riders• Parity in rides for men and women at least 50 years offThe betting public is behind the times in its assessment of female jump jockeys according to a statistical analysis of 1.6 million rides over …

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Tony McCoy was wrong: Cheltenham Festival ride did need investigation

The mayhem in the National Hunt Chase advanced the cause of those who want the jumps bannedJustice has been done,” the trainer Philip Hobbs said on Thursday after Declan Lavery, who was banned for 10 days after finishing third on Hobbs’s Jerrysback in …

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Declan Lavery wins appeal against controversial Cheltenham welfare ban

• Amateur was given ten-day riding suspension at Festival• Sir Anthony McCoy among those outspoken against banDeclan Lavery, who was banned for 10 days by the stewards at last week’s Cheltenham Festival for continuing on third-placed Jerrysback in the …

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Bryony Frost and Andrew Gemmell counter Cheltenham Festival despair | Greg Wood

Equine fatal injuries inflicted deep sadness and it took Thursday’s drama and joy, and then some statistics, to raise positivity about jump racing’s futureFor a few minutes on Tuesday evening at Cheltenham this week, the chance that we would head home …

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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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Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival

• Willie Mullins wins Gold Cup but stable runner killed in race• Triumph Hurdle favourite Sir Erec breaks down badlyTwo horses were fatally injured on the final day of the Festival, taking the total over the course of the meeting to three following the…