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Robbie Power set to be first jockey for Alan Potts’s Cheltenham runners

• Colin Tizzard makes strong hint over March Festival• Bryan Cooper had been late owner’s retained rider in BritainColin Tizzard, whose team for Cheltenham will include several runners in the colours of the late Alan Potts, said on Wednesday that “Robb…

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Talking Horses: Brain Power is one to consider, reckons Nicky Henderson

Nothing has gone right for the novice chaser, who could be overpriced at 16-1 for Cheltenham’s Arkle TrophyBrain Power was one of the names I had rattling around in my head after yesterday’s media morning at Nicky Henderson’s yard. It has become a disa…

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Nicky Henderson hopes Buveur D’Air can get Kempton workout

• Trainer says Champion Hurdler needs ‘a lot of work’ for Festival• Henderson also has favourites for Gold Cup and Queen MotherBuveur D’Air will be among a handful of Cheltenham Festival contenders who will work after racing at Kempton on Saturday, pro…

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Nicky Henderson puts question mark against Altior’s Newbury prep run

• Seasonal debut in Saturday’s Game Spirit Chase not certain• Henderson: ‘I think he is going to go but I am not going to promise’Nicky Henderson, whose stable star Altior could make his long-awaited seasonal debut at Newbury on Saturday, said on Tuesd…

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Nicky Henderson puts question mark against Altior’s Newbury prep run

• Seasonal debut in Saturday’s Game Spirit Chase not certain• Henderson: ‘I think he is going to go but I am not going to promise’Nicky Henderson, whose stable star Altior could make his long-awaited seasonal debut at Newbury on Saturday, said on Tuesd…

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Samcro superb but Michael O’Leary pleads for halt to Cheltenham hype

• Leopardstown winner’s owner says: ‘He’s only a horse’• Edwulf, ‘racing’s Lazarus’, wins Irish Gold Cup at 33-1“The hype needs to stop; he’s only a horse,” Michael O’Leary said after Samcro’s facile success in the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle here…

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Faugheen defeat only disappointment on great day for Willie Mullins

• Rich Ricci hopes his former champion has one last big run in him• Footpad impresses for Mullins as he lands Arkle Chase“We’ll have to keep carrying on,” Rich Ricci, the owner of Faugheen, said on Saturday as he pointed his horse towards next month’s …

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Blaklion to prepare for Grand National at Haydock and skip Gold Cup

• Grand National favourite to have Haydock run in mid-February• Bristol De Mai also among 105 entries for Aintree race on 14 AprilBlaklion, the 8-1 favourite for the Grand National in April after 105 entries for the race were published on Wednesday, is…

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Talking Horses: Coneygree out of Cheltenham Festival trials day

The 2015 Gold Cup winner has been switched from Saturday’s Cotswold Chase to run at Newbury next monthCheltenham’s Trials day card on Saturday lost a significant name this morning with the news that Coneygree, the 2015 Gold Cup winner, has been ruled o…

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Nicky Henderson hopes to have news on sidelined Altior by the weekend

• Chaser faces race against time to be fit for Cheltenham• Altior was odds-on for Champion Chase before setbackNicky Henderson said on Wednesday he could know as soon as this weekend whether an operation in November has cured a wind problem affecting A…

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Nicky Henderson hopes to have news on sidelined Altior by the weekend

• Chaser faces race against time to be fit for Cheltenham• Altior was odds-on for Champion Chase before setbackNicky Henderson said on Wednesday he could know as soon as this weekend whether an operation in November has cured a wind problem affecting A…

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Talking Horses: Jedd O’Keeffe ‘in dreamland’ over Sam Spinner’s future

Middleham trainer who’s never had a runner at the Cheltenham Festival now finds himself with the favourite for a Grade One thereWhen Sam Spinner lines up for the Stayers’ Hurdle in a couple of months’ time, a race for which he is currently the clear fa…

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Talking Horses: Jedd O’Keeffe ‘in dreamland’ over Sam Spinner’s future

Middleham trainer who’s never had a runner at the Cheltenham Festival now finds himself with the favourite for a Grade One thereWhen Sam Spinner lines up for the Stayers’ Hurdle in a couple of months’ time, a race for which he is currently the clear fa…

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Champion Hurdle still on for Defi Du Seuil if he bounces back to form

• Philip Hobbs happy with his charge and will run him again in February• ‘I don’t have any plans about where. It needs to be discussed with the owners’The Champion Hurdle aspirations of Defi Du Seuil rest on a prep-race next month, when he will attempt…

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Douvan, Willie Mullins’ top chaser, to miss 2018 Cheltenham Festival

• Mullins confirms Douvan will be out of action for rest of this season• Killahara Castle makes history with shock 200-1 win at ThurlesWillie Mullins confirmed on Sunday that his top chaser Douvan will miss the rest of the season. The seven-year-old, w…

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Sizing John shows his class with impressive win in John Durkan Chase

• Jessica Harrington’s star denies Djakadam third straight win Durkan Chase• Un De Sceaux eases to 25-length win in Hilly Way Chase at CorkWhile racing in Britain on Sunday was wiped out by the Arctic conditions, scorching performances from Sizing John…

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Gordon Elliott stays wary of Willie Mullins despite Fairyhouse hat-trick

• Elliott achieves ‘dream’ by claiming all three Grade Ones at Irish track• Michael O’Leary attacks ‘rubbish hype’ over Cheltenham possible SamcroGordon Elliott was refusing to get carried away by talk of a first trainers’ title despite making history …

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Willie Mullins keeps faith as Faugheen bounds into Champion Hurdle favouritism

• Faugheen fancied for Cheltenham Festival history after Punchestown win• Ruby Walsh will be fit to ride in March, Irish Turf Club medic predictsIt hardly seems possible but Faugheen is clear at the top of the betting for the Champion Hurdle following …

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Racing news and tips: Cheltenham runners to be declared 48 hours before races

• BHA’s radical move backed by Cheltenham and Bettors’ Forum group
• Switch in response to feedback from various sections of racing industry

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that all races at next year’s Cheltenham Festival will declare at the 48-hour stage.

Previously, only the non-novice Grade Ones declared two days in advance, with the other races sticking to the usual National Hunt 24-hour stage.

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Stephen and Michael McConville face charges over Anseanachai’s positive test

• BHA reveals Anseanachai Cliste tested positive for banned substance cobalt
• Nine-year-old had been banned from Foxhunters’ Chase at Cheltenham

Anseanachai Cliste, who was banned from running at the Cheltenham Festival in March after a blood-covered syringe was discovered in his box before the Foxhunters’ Chase, tested positive for the banned substance cobalt, the British Horseracing Authority disclosed on Wednesday as it issued serious charges against the gelding’s trainer and owner.

Stephen McConville, who trains Anseanachai Cliste near Portadown in Northern Ireland, and his son Michael, who is the nine-year-old’s owner and regular jockey, will face a disciplinary panel on 19 September to answer a series of charges relating to the alleged possession and administration of cobalt, which can boost a horse’s red blood cell count, and Adrenal Cortex, which is described by one online supplier of equine veterinary products as “a potent anti-inflammatory agent providing some analgesia along with a sense of euphoria to the horse”. The listing adds that Adrenal Cortex “works best when used close to the start of the event, because the duration of action is very short”.

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