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Category: Cheltenham Gold Cup

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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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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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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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Thrills of Cheltenham Festival week can’t mask racing’s uncertain future

Animal welfare is just one problem for a sport that will have its moment in the sun at the Cheltenham festivalThirty years ago this week, after Desert Orchid had winged up the Cheltenham hill as if auditioning for a role as Pegasus, the Observer’s Hugh…

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Thrills of Cheltenham Festival week can’t mask racing’s uncertain future

Animal welfare is just one problem for a sport that will have its moment in the sun at the Cheltenham festivalThirty years ago this week, after Desert Orchid had winged up the Cheltenham hill as if auditioning for a role as Pegasus, the Observer’s Hugh…

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Pat Kelly, quiet man of horse racing, could make big noise in Gold Cup

Irish trainer refuses to play the PR game and keeps himself to himself, but Presenting Percy could thrust him into the limelight at the Cheltenham FestivalDoes it matter if our sporting stars don’t talk to us? This is the question, or one of them, pose…

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Paul Nicholls insists no decision taken yet on Frodon’s Cheltenham target

• Trainer keeps open Gold Cup and Ryanair options for Frodon• Richard Johnson ‘just stiff and sore’ after Newbury tumblePaul Nicholls firmly sat on speculation that he had made a decision about Frodon’s target for the Cheltenham Festival, insisting the…

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Colin Tizzard has Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River top of Festival trio

• Last year’s winner has ‘best chance’ of three lined up for race• ‘Elegant Escape is a stayer – you can’t get away from that’Colin Tizzard made the most of his first success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season, when Native River outstayed Might Bit…

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Presenting Percy may run this weekend despite owner’s caution

• Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite could run at Fairyhouse• Philip Reynolds being ‘ultra, ultra careful’ with the horseThe need to be “ultra, ultra careful” with the horse of a lifetime was behind the late decision not to run Presenting Percy last weekend…

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Paisley Park gives Emma Lavelle that Cheltenham Festival fervour

• Odds cut for Stayers’ after 12-length win in Cleeve Hurdle• Owner Andrew Gemmell, a Prince fan, says: ‘Let’s go crazy’Paisley Park was a hugely popular winner of the Cleeve Hurdle and surely no horse will go into March’s Festival here with a greater …

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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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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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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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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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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…

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Sizing John recovers from mystery flop for Cheltenham Gold Cup bid

• Jessica Harrington looks to follow up last year’s victory• Horse was ‘clinically abnormal’ after most recent raceSizing John, last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, appeared fit and ready for a return to the fray here on Tuesday, two months on from …

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No third Cheltenham Gold Cup tilt for Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card

• Tizzard’s top chaser will be aimed at Ryanair Chase at Festival• ‘He has better chance of winning Ryanair than Gold Cup,’ says trainerThere will be no more attempts on the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Cue Card, who will now be aimed at the Ryanair Chase a…

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Thistlecrack to miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup after sustaining stress fracture

• Ten-year-old was a 12-1 shot before the news was announced on Monday• Thistlecrack ran a promising race in the King George on Boxing DayThistlecrack is to miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second year running, following the discovery of a stress f…