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Category: Cheltenham Festival 2018

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Native River and Might Bite dominate jumps ratings after Gold Cup duel

• Cheltenham Festival victor rated stone behind Kauto Star• Punchestown hero Faugheen given top-rated hurdler mantleNative River and Might Bite, who fought out a memorable duel around two circuits of Cheltenham in the Gold Cup in March, were the only s…

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Talking Horses: when Native River was ‘lucky’ to beat Definitly Red

The chestnut seemed flattered by the outcome of a novice hurdle in 2014 but the form stood up in Friday’s Gold CupHere’s a wee lesson about interpreting results, arising from the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Rootling around in the dim and distant form of the w…

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Talking Horses: why Gordon Elliott was the Festival handicap king

Strength in depth enabled trainer to win an amazing four handicaps at last week’s Cheltenham Festival Here’s one more thought to add to the pile of post-Cheltenham musings: Gordon Elliott managed to win four of the 10 handicaps, which may be unpreceden…

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Cheltenham boosted by RSPCA’s Muir as review into horse fatalities begins

• Muir ‘not looking for blame’ after six deaths at Festival• ‘Nobody there wants to see horses die’ says RSPCA consultantCheltenham racecourse has received an early boost from the RSPCA as work begins on a review into the six equine fatalities that occ…

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Irish excellence at Cheltenham a cause for celebration not protection | Greg Wood

Talk of introducing barriers to keep Irish the Irish in check after their 17-winner haul at the Festival are ridiculous – the best jumping horses should be celebrated regardless of their originAs if another thumping return from Cheltenham and then the …

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Colin Tizzard plots a Cheltenham Gold Cup repeat for Native River

• Trainer says a light campaign can deliver a 2019 victory • Irish Turf Club stung by call for Festival ‘level playing field’A day after his gallant performance in winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Native River made what is likely to be his last public …

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British Horseracing Authority may use barriers to keep Irish raiders in check

• Pressure on Turf Club over dope-testing and handicapping• Measures planned as Irish dominate Cheltenham FestivalAn unspecified form of protectionism might form part of the future of British horse racing after Brexit, it has been suggested during anot…

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Native River leads all the way to win Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival

• Champion jockey Richard Johnson rides 5-1 winner• Favourite Might Bite finishes a brave runner-upNative River has become the splendidly brave winner of a Cheltenham Gold Cup which, despite 15 runners, was a duel from the outset between the gallant ch…

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Cheltenham Festival 2018: Gold Cup day – live!

Live updates from the Festival on Cheltenham Gold Cup dayHenderson bids for historic Festival treble in Gold CupCheltenham Gold Cup day tips: Might Bite can strike it bigTom Jenkins’s best images from Cheltenham so farSend Niall an email | Tweet @niall…

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Cheltenham Festival 2018 – in pictures

Photographer Tom Jenkins went along to the first three days to document the runners, riders, winners, losers and the atmosphere at Cheltenham Continue reading…

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Cheltenham Gold Cup day tips: Might Bite can strike it big

• Prodigious steeplechaser will take some stopping• Meri Devie, Ruby Walsh’s intended, the pick for County HurdleIf you back Might Bite (3.30) for this Cheltenham Gold Cup, then of course you must fear the risk of him wandering around on the run-in lik…

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Nicky Henderson bids for historic Cheltenham Festival treble in Gold Cup

The Lambourn trainer has already won the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase and runs the favourite in Friday’s big raceIn the weeks running up to the Cheltenham Festival, when horses from his stable were firmly entrenched at the top of the betting for …

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Penhill wins Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival for Willie Mullins

• Irish trainer now level with Henderson in all-time Festival list• Brighton football club chariman Tony Bloom celebrates victoryPenhill struck for the second year running at the Cheltenham Festival when springing a 12-1 surprise for trainer Willie Mul…

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Cheltenham Festival 2018: Stayers’ Hurdle and Ryanair Chase day – live!

Chris Cook’s day three tips: Bacardys the toast in Stayers’Cue Card goes for glory: Paddy Brennan’s road to CheltenhamFeel free to email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 11.48am GMT Sam Spinner is the current favourite for this afternoon’s Stayers’ Hurdle …

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Cheltenham Festival third day tips: Bacardys the toast in Stayers’

• Ruby Walsh may miss out on big-race double• West Wizard worth a punt at tasty 100-1 oddsIt will not improve Ruby Walsh’s mood if the horses he was booked to ride contrive to win both feature events on the third day at this Cheltenham Festival. But th…

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Samcro aiming for bigger Cheltenham prizes after living up to Festival hype

• Brilliant winner could have 2020 Gold Cup in his sights• Michael O’Leary starts to believe after Ballymore victorySamcro is not the second coming of Jesus Christ, we have been assured by his owner, but, for many punters here, he will do until Jesus C…

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Altior fights off Min to win Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival

• Nicky Henderson-trained winner triumphs at even money• Douvan falls after injured Ruby Walsh is replaced on boardAltior claimed a dramatic renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham to remain unbeaten over jumps.In the process he was wi…

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Ruby Walsh has suspected broken leg after heavy fall at Cheltenham Festival

• Leading rider at meeting taken to hospital after spill• Jockey replaced on big-race rides on rest of cardRuby Walsh was taken to hospital for X-rays on a suspected broken leg following a heavy fall during the second race on day two of the Cheltenham …

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Cheltenham Festival 2018: Champion Chase day – live!

Latest results and tips from day two at CheltenhamTips: Min can defy favourite Altior in Champion ChaseFeel free to email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 11.11am GMT Ruby Walsh 2 winsNoel Fehily, Barry Geraghty, Brian Hughes, Lizzie Kelly, Patrick Mullins…

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Cheltenham hopefuls: the rising star and the battle scarred veteran – video

Paddy Brennan is 36 and Bryony Frost is 22, they are two compelling jump jockeys sharing not just a passion for racing but oddly the same birthday. Brennan, facing the end of his career has won 17 Grade One races, including the Gold Cup, but is haunted…