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Talking Horses: Aidan Coleman lands ‘fantastic’ ride on star Epatante

Jockey will be aboard the reigning champion hurdler, who makes her comeback at Newcastle a week on SaturdayAidan Coleman has been named as the new regular rider for Epatante, following the retirement in summer of Barry Geraghty, who partnered her to wi…

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Epatante lands big gamble in Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Eighth victory in the race for trainer Nicky HendersonFourth Champion Hurdle for jockey Barry GeraghtyTwo of jumping’s great survivors combined to devastating effect in the Champion Hurdle here on Tuesday as the mare Epatante gave Nicky Henderson his e…

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Nicky Henderson stable tour: Buveur D’Air on way back for Cheltenham 2021

Champion Hurdle contender will resume career next seasonMcCoy makes confident call about Epatante for the raceBuveur D’Air is making a good recovery from the shocking foot injury he suffered at Newcastle in November and is expected to resume his career…

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Talking Horses: BHA urges Nicky Henderson to clarify Altior plans

Ruling body intervened on Wednesday evening to point out that the steeplechaser is still entered at Kempton on SaturdayIn a startling development, racing’s ruling body announced on Wednesday evening that Altior was still entered in Saturday’s Silviniac…

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Altior set to miss King George on Boxing Day after disappointing gallop

• Nicky Henderson may run chaser in Desert Orchid instead• Call Me Lord wins International Hurdle to cheer trainerBuveur D’Air is injured and Altior is likely to miss the King George but for Nicky Henderson, it seems, there is always a fresh set of you…

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Nicky Henderson says Santini a King George doubt following Sandown win

• Trainer says: ‘He doesn’t look like a King George horse’• De Boinville hopes Santini is Cheltenham Gold Cup contenderSantini appears unlikely to tackle the King George VI Chase next month following a return to action that, in the understated words of…

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Nicky Henderson commits Altior to taking on fellow-titan Cyrname

• Altior aimed at Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot in November• ‘We’ve decided to go down the King George route’Fans of jump racing can begin to relish the prospect of a big-name clash at the start of the core season, as Altior has been committed to taking …

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Talking Horses: Altior team pour cold water on Cyrname clash hype

‘Nothing is set in stone’ says Nicky Henderson as anticipation builds over a possible meeting between the pair in NovemberIt seems the first big clash of the new jumps season is back on ice, as the team behind Altior are not yet ready to commit him to …

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Altior sets jumping world record at Sandown with 19th win from 19 starts

• Nicky Henderson: ‘Altior was telling me he needs to go further’• Bryony Frost returns from injury with victory on Black CortonThere was nothing imperious about it but Altior won the Celebration Chase for the third time, setting a world record for con…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 tips: Aramon leads out for top-value Mullins stable

His team is slightly down on numbers compared with the last few seasons but has major challengers for most Grade One eventsRoughly 450 horses are due to go to post at Cheltenham and, with the countdown now close to being reckoned in hours rather than d…

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Nicky Henderson out of sync with ‘bizarre preparation’ for Cheltenham

• Local freeze-up and Kempton gallop ban annoy trainer• Henderson upbeat over Buveur D’Air’s Festival prospectsNicky Henderson has complained that his team is having “a bizarre preparation” for Cheltenham, having to cope with an unexpected round of vac…

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Brilliant Altior keeps unbeaten record as Footpad suffers shock defeat

• Nicky Henderson runner gets ‘10’ rating from trainer• Leopardstown loss for Altior’s main Cheltenham rivalAltior cruised to victory in the Unibet Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park to extend his unbeaten record over jumps to a remarkable 16 races.Af…

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Confidence growing in successful defence of King George by Might Bite

• Yogi Breisner: ‘He was very impressive in his work at home’• Nicky Henderson’s star heads to Kempton on Boxing DayThe big question before Wednesday’s King George is how much faith do you still have in Might Bite? Last year’s winner of the Boxing Day …

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Altior taken out of King George VI Chase after discussions with owner

• Nicky Henderson removes chaser from Boxing Day showpiece• Altior likely to run at Ascot or Newbury next in the new yearThe saga of Altior’s possible participation in next week’s King George was finally killed off when the star two-miler’s name did no…

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Talking Horses: Buveur D’Air faces ‘biggest test’ in classic Fighting Fifth

The dual Champion Hurdle winner will line up at Newcastle against two more Grade One winners at the last Cheltenham Festival, including potential superstar SamcroNicky Henderson has been immersed in jumps racing for almost half a century, but he still …

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Might Bite set for schooling lessons after confidence went in Betfair Chase

• Chaser will spend time with jumping expert Yogi Breisner • Henderson believes rebuilt obstacles surprised horseNicky Henderson said on Sunday that he will need to restore Might Bite’s confidence over fences ahead of the King George VI Chase on Boxing…

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Bristol De Mai wins second successive Betfair Chase from Native River

• Nigel Twiston-Davies wins Haydock feature for a third time• Favourite Might Bite trails in last of the five runnersBristol De Mai was the king of this place once again and Might Bite flopped badly in a Betfair Chase shrouded in controversy over the u…

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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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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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Buveur D’Air wins Champion Hurdle after thrilling battle with Melon

• Winner follows up last year’s victory for Nicky Henderson• Former winner Faugheen well beaten after taking early leadBuveur D’Air won his second Champion Hurdle as the first day of the Cheltenham Festival turned into a fine one for favourite-backers….