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Category: Cheltenham Festival

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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…

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Al Boum Photo wins Willie Mullins his first Cheltenham Gold Cup

• Champion Irish trainer breaks his lengthening hoodoo • Anibale Fly goes one better than last year in secondWith a circuit of Cheltenham still to run here on Friday Willie Mullins’s hopes of filling the infuriating, Gold Cup-shaped hole in his record-…

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Mud, beer and cheers: Cheltenham Festival 2019 – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins captured the winners, the losers, the punters and all the thrills and spills at this year’s Cheltenham FestivalCheck back later for pictures from the Gold Cup and the final day’s racing Continue reading…

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s dream will come true if Clan wins the Gold Cup

Former Man Utd manager may realise ultimate racing ambitionClan Des Obeaux runs in Cheltenham’s most prestigious eventMany owners get into racing as an escape from the pressures of their day job. Few have ever done so with as tough a day job as the man…

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Clan Des Obeaux can strike Gold for Paul Nicholls

Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse could add the crowning glory to a great Festival for the traner’s rejuvenated yardThe good times are back at Paul Nicholls’ yard, which has been celebrating the wins of Frodon and Topofthegame. Not since Kauto Star’s Gold Cup …