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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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Talking Horses: Brain Power is one to consider, reckons Nicky Henderson

Nothing has gone right for the novice chaser, who could be overpriced at 16-1 for Cheltenham’s Arkle TrophyBrain Power was one of the names I had rattling around in my head after yesterday’s media morning at Nicky Henderson’s yard. It has become a disa…

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Nicky Henderson hopes Buveur D’Air can get Kempton workout

• Trainer says Champion Hurdler needs ‘a lot of work’ for Festival• Henderson also has favourites for Gold Cup and Queen MotherBuveur D’Air will be among a handful of Cheltenham Festival contenders who will work after racing at Kempton on Saturday, pro…

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Gambling Commission clampdown is welcome but punters need backing | Greg Wood

A £6.2m fine for William Hill shows admirable determination to enforce the commission’s objectives, but more should be done for those unfairly restricted by bookiesThere was further evidence this morning that the Gambling Commission takes at least some…

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Samcro odds-on after Ballymore run at Cheltenham Festival confirmed

• ‘He runs in the Ballymore and that’s final,’ says Eddie O’Leary• Willie Mullins’s Getabird now favourite for Supreme Novice HurdleThe most significant question mark hanging over the Cheltenham Festival’s novice hurdles was removed on Monday, when Sam…

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Talking Horses: Monday’s tips plus our latest trainer form table

We can’t see past Cyclop for the Surrey National at Lingfield, where the 13-2 shot gives Aidan Coleman a fine chanceCyclop – a horse with two eyes, despite his name – is on a National trail again. Not the Aintree one, but Monday’s Surrey National at Li…

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Talking Horses: Saturday’s TV races guide on Ascot Chase day

Waiting Patiently can pay dividends for Ruth Jefferson in England’s last Grade One race before the Cheltenham FestivalIs it too much to ask that Ruth Jefferson might win a Grade One on the day after her father’s funeral? Those who watched Waiting Patie…

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Cyrus Darius gives Ruth Jefferson timely boost with Morebattle win

• Malcolm Jefferson’s daughter keeping show on the road• Waiting Patiently to represent Jefferson team in Ascot ChaseLess than a fortnight after the death of Malcolm Jefferson, his daughter Ruth saddled her first winner since inheriting his licence to …

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Talking Horses: the Grand National outsider seeking an emotional win

I Just Know has halved in price to 50-1 since the Aintree weights were revealed and trainer Sue Smith says he’s the right typeI see that Pricewise’s Grand National tip in today’s Racing Post is Total Recall at 14-1, a day after I put up the same horse …

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Sam Twiston-Davies to ride favourite Blaklion in Grand National

• Trainer Paul Nicholls frees his top jockey to ride general 10-1 shot• ‘Blaklion’s the favourite, so of course I’m going to help Sam‘Sam Twiston-Davies has been handed his best chance yet of Grand National glory, having landed the mount aboard the fav…

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Talking Horses: a new peace between British and Irish handicappers

There’s going to be less to argue about in future, alas. Plus, a new rule that makes things tricky for Grand National hopesI suspect we’ll hear renewed criticism of Phil Smith’s handicapping from Michael O’Leary at some point soon, possibly even today,…

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Grand National: Total Recall the name to remember as weights revealed

• Willie Mullins’ horse currently available at 16-1• Definitly Red given top weight but doubtful for raceA power cut at the Bafta building on Piccadilly took some of the energy out of the unveiling of the Grand National weights on Tuesday night and it …

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Talking Horses: can Harriet Graham strike another blow for the small yards?

Justadreamyeken is one to watch at Catterick, while market support for Two Hoots at Plumpton would be interestingFew of the yards with runners in Catterick’s concluding event on Monday, a bumper, have saddled a winner in this category during the last f…

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Talking Horses: Saturday’s TV races guide on Betfair Hurdle day

Gary Moore has an excellent record in the big betting race and should collect the cash courtesy of Knocknannus (3.35)The Betfair Hurdle is a different race these days from the plotters’ paradise of the 70s and 80s, and with four of the last five renewa…

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Talking Horses: Friday’s best bets at Kempton and Taunton

Chosen Path (1.50) was a nine-length winner on his debut and is worth backing to upset an odds-on favourite at KemptonThere are two odds-on shots in the JP McManus colours on an 83-runner card at Kempton on Friday, but while they may look like a safe h…

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Kim Bailey enjoys sweet Vinndication win but is wary on Cheltenham prospects

• Vinndication stays on well to win Sidney Banks Memorial Hurdle• Trainer says fancied gelding still inexperiencedTwo decades have passed since French Holly and Andrew Thornton became the last winners of the Sidney Banks Memorial Hurdle to go on to Gra…

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Talking Horses: eyes on Theclock after Huntingdon survives cold snap

Huntingdon is about as far removed from Cheltenham as any course could be but there are several runners with Cheltenham Festival aspirations on the cast-list todayHuntingdon lost its biggest meeting of the season when the Peterborough Chase card succum…

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Tote to disappear from most British racecourses as Betfred monopoly ends

• British racecourses to take control of on-course pool betting in July• Britbet rebrand will cause closure of 49 Betfred on-course shopsThe Tote, a name familiar to generations of racegoers over the past 90 years, will be replaced by Britbet from mid-…

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Talking Horses: Excellent George can excel at Chelmsford as freeze strikes

Freezing weather forces Fakenham and Ludlow to abandon, which makes decision to schedule extra racing at Chelmsford a shrewd oneA low-key card at Fairyhouse will be the only action over jumps in Britain or Ireland today after both Ludlow and Fakenham w…

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Nicky Henderson puts question mark against Altior’s Newbury prep run

• Seasonal debut in Saturday’s Game Spirit Chase not certain• Henderson: ‘I think he is going to go but I am not going to promise’Nicky Henderson, whose stable star Altior could make his long-awaited seasonal debut at Newbury on Saturday, said on Tuesd…