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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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Cue Card to miss King George in favour of spring campaign before retirement

• Colin Tizzard changes plans for popular chaser after discussions with owner• Betfair Chase followed by Ryanair at Cheltenham and Aintree the new targetsCue Card, one of the most popular steeplechasers of the last decade, is likely to miss the King Ge…

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Colin Tizzard confident of Cheltenham success despite Thistlecrack blow

• Trainer has new favourite and second favourite for Gold Cup
• Native River and Cue Card give Tizzard a great chance

Two days after the loss of Thistlecrack, the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite, with a season-ending injury, Colin Tizzard was able to count his blessings and look forward on Thursday as he discussed what will still be the strongest team he has sent to the Festival meeting.

“There’s an awful amount of luck in it,” Tizzard said, as he paraded Native River and Cue Card, the new favourite and second-favourite for the Gold Cup, at his west country stable. “A lot of the top trainers have top agents paying good money for horses, and they’re good trainers with the best jockeys, and they haven’t got Grade One winners.

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Talking Horses: Saturday’s best bets for Newbury and Warwick

William H Bonney goes up against Veinard in a highly competitive Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and Whizzzey Rascal is likely to fly at Warwick

There was a certain amount of surprise expressed this week when Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle attracted only 16 horses at the final entry stage. A few more runners might have been expected for the money on offer but Saturday’s field still looks extremely competitive and those who disagree are welcome to try picking the winner.

William H Bonney (3.35) might be the answer at odds of around 10-1. Good enough to take his chance in the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, he impressed in victory back there last month.

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Finian’s Oscar all the rage for Cheltenham after Tolworth stroll

• Colin Tizzard adds fourth Grade One success to remarkable season
• Alan Potts’s young hurdler now only 6-1 for Neptune after Sandown win

Colin Tizzard marked his 61st birthday with his fourth Grade One win of the season as Finian’s Oscar ran away with the Tolworth Hurdle, a performance that sent the horse straight to the top of betting lists for the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival. An overnight success after 20 years in the game, Tizzard knows the importance of treasuring such moments and was flushed with happiness as he reflected on the depth of talent now housed at his Milborne Port yard.

Related: Thistlecrack will spearhead Colin Tizzard team in Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Thistlecrack will spearhead Colin Tizzard team in Cheltenham Gold Cup

• Thistlecrack likely to be joined by at least two stablemates, says Tizzard
• Stable star to have Gold Cup warm-up at Cheltenham in late January

Colin Tizzard reported on Monday that his handful of stable stars remain in excellent health after their various successes over the Christmas period, and the West Country trainer hopes to have at least three runners in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 10 weeks from now. Thistlecrack, who provoked such excitement with the manner of his King George success, is already on course for a return to Cheltenham at the end of this month, when Tizzard hopes to see a more fluent round of jumping than he produced there in November.

“The buildup to it all seemed to go on for ever,” Tizzard said of last week’s action, “but before you knew it, it had all come and gone. It was a fantastic few days for us. All the good horses ran right up to their best, apart from Cue Card, who might not have been quite as good.

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Talking Horses: Best racing bets for Sussex National day at Plumpton

Colin Tizzard’s name has been on everyone’s lips this winter but Emma Lavelle could take today’s prize

These days, the name ‘Tizzard’ is the first one to grab your attention, if you happen to be perusing the list of trainers involved in a staying chase. So it is with today’s Sussex National at Plumpton, for which Colin T’s Sartorial Elegance was predicted as favourite in the morning papers.

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Paul Nicholls is ready for trainers’ title ‘scrap’ with Colin Tizzard

• Thistlecrack trainer cut prize-money deficit in half over Christmas
• Title holder hits back with a Listed Hurdle success on Friday

Paul Nicholls is preparing himself for “a right scrap” with Colin Tizzard over the trainers’ championship in the wake of his rival’s extraordinary success this week. Tizzard had the first two home in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, won another Grade One with a 33-1 shot that same afternoon and landed the Welsh Grand National the following day, cutting Nicholls’ title-race lead in half.

In the circumstances the reigning champion of British jumps racing is just happy to have his nose in front. Having won a Listed race with Coillte Lass here on Friday, Nicholls pointed to that situation with some pride: “After all the winners he’s had we’re still £200,000 in front.”

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Douvan and Native River wins put them firmly in Cheltenham frame

• Douvan notches up 13th consecutive victory, at Leopardstown
• Native River wins Welsh Grand National at Chepstow

The busy Christmas programme produced memorable performances by steeplechasers on both sides of the Irish Sea on Tuesday, as Douvan’s 13th consecutive victory in the Grade One feature event here was followed by Native River’s brave success under top weight in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

Both horses are obvious contenders for championship events at Cheltenham in March but, while Douvan is as short as 1-3 for the Champion Chase, Native River is a 12-1 chance for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in a market dominated by Thistlecrack, the King George winner on Monday, who occupies the box next door at Colin Tizzard’s West Country stable.

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Thistlecrack recalls Desert Orchid glory days with King George Chase triumph

The winner dotted his flawless round of jumping with several leaps that left the crowd – and his opponents – gasping for breath

The high-spirited crowds who annually cram the enclosures here for the King George VI Chase have enjoyed many memorable performances over the years, and most of the greatest names in National Hunt history are gold-leafed onto the race’s roll of honour a few yards from the winners’ enclosure.

When it comes to a single, breakthrough performance, however, a moment when an exceptional racing talent announced its arrival in the King George itself, there may have been nothing to match Thistlecrack’s performance here on Monday since Desert Orchid won his first King George as an unconsidered 16-1 chance in 1976.

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Brilliant Thistlecrack smooth winner of King George VI Chase at Kempton

• Favourite beats stable companion Cue Card with ease
• Novice consolidates position as Gold Cup market leader

Thistlecrack produced an incredible performance to run out a brilliant winner of the King George VI Chase at Kempton. The winner is now a best-priced 5-4 favourite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

The dominant force in the staying hurdle division last season and unbeaten in just three previous starts over fences, the Colin Tizzard-trained eight-year-old was sent off the 11-10 favourite to see off four rivals which included his stable companion and last year’s winner Cue Card (5-4).

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Cue Card and Thistlecrack scare away King George VI Chase opposition

• Only seven remain in Kempton’s midwinter championship
• Road To Riches’ participation depends on how he works at home this week

Monday’s King George VI Chase will have a maximum of seven runners, the news that Thistlecrack will line up alongside his stablemate Cue Card having perhaps scared away potential opposition. Vroum Vroum Mag and Valseur Lido will both stay in Ireland, having been withdrawn at Tuesday’s entry stage for the Boxing Day contest.

Related: Thistlecrack and Cue Card to go head-to-head in Kempton’s King George

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