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Category: Cheltenham Festival 2019

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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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No more heroes? Alun Wyn Jones stands tall even in these cynical times | Kevin Mitchell

Wales captain’s act of kindness on Saturday did not go unnoticed and there is plenty of evidence to suggest sometimes it’s still OK to meet your idolsAn image that will linger from the final round of the Six Nations was not a dazzling run or shuddering…

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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 …

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‘It’s a joke! I’m in tears’: Paisley Park gives Andrew Gemmell first Festival win

• Favourite secures emotional victory for blind owner• Stayers’ Hurdle triumph comes 46 years after first visitAndrew Gemmell, the owner who has been blind since birth, got his cherished Festival winner 46 years after his first visit when Paisley Park …

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Bryony Frost makes history with Frodon in Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

• Ryanair Chase winner Frodon and rider get huge reception • Front-runner looked beaten before rallying to win after lastBryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at the Cheltenham Festival as Frodon made all the running unde…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 day three: Stayers’ Hurdle and more – live!

Follow all Thursday’s races including the Ryanair ChaseChris Cook’s tips: Supasundae to star in Stayers’ HurdleEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning with your thoughts 10.00am GMT It’s been fun, getting half the winners over the first two days, but I feel…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 day three: Stayers’ Hurdle and more – live!

Follow all Thursday’s races including the Ryanair ChaseChris Cook’s tips: Supasundae to star in Stayers’ HurdleEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning with your thoughts 10.00am GMT It’s been fun, getting half the winners over the first two days, but I feel…

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Sir Anthony McCoy hits out over ‘disgraceful’ ban on Cheltenham jockey

• McCoy: ‘I’m embarrassed for the BHA’• Stewards punished three riders after National Hunt ChaseSir Anthony McCoy spoke of his disgust with racing’s ruling body during an ITV broadcast from the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, expressing in vivid term…

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Supasundae can star in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Likeable veteran can crown his career with victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle on the third day at the Cheltenham FestivalThe ideal jumps horse is talented, durable, reliable and versatile, so who wouldn’t want to own Supasundae (3.30), the likeable veteran…

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Tiger Roll storms to fourth Festival success with win in Cross Country Chase

• Last year’s Grand National winner takes race by 22 lengths• ‘I’ve never seen an easier winner around here,’ says ownerTiger Roll, last year’s Grand National winner, enjoyed one of the warmest receptions for a Festival winner for many years after runn…

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Altior equals world record in Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival

• Hot favourite equals record of consecutive jump race wins• Winner not at best after mistake at water jumpAltior gave his supporters a couple of frights but eventually proved to be the certainty he was supposed to be and won his second Queen Mother Ch…

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Jump Girls shows female jockeys blazing an often perilous trail | Barry Glendenning

New documentary highlights women who have made their name in the often cut-throat, brutal and downright dangerous sport of horse racingAs Rachael Blackmore was led back to the Cheltenham Festival winner’s enclosure on board A Plus Tard after the pair b…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019: day two gets go-ahead after inspection – live!

Storm Gareth has not prevented day two going aheadAltior hot favourite for the Champion Chase 9.44am GMT 9.19am GMT Relief after Wednesday’s card at the Festival got the go ahead at around 7am this morning has already been replaced by anticipation as…

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Benie Des Dieux uncanny repeat of Cheltenham history stuns Rich Ricci

• Mare’s fall an almost eerie echo of same race in 2015• Ricci interviewed on TV about BetBright controversyRich Ricci appeared a broken man in the aftermath of the Mares Hurdle, when his hopes of victory were dashed at the final flight for the second …