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Michael Verney's Cheltenham awards following some reflection on a hectic four days

Mon, 16/03/2020 - 03:30
Another remarkable Cheltenham Festival is in the books with a host of extraordinary stories lighting up the Cotswolds over four unforgettable days.
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Fahey mare plunders Limerick spoils after Lady Breffni's late blunder

Mon, 16/03/2020 - 03:30
Mark Fahey's progressive mare Well Set Up took advantage of a final-flight mistake from Lady Breffni to land an emotional victory in yesterday's Grade Three Kerry Group Irish EBF Shannon Spray Mares Novice Hurdle at Limerick.
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A look at how the coronavirus has decimated the global sporting calendar

Sun, 15/03/2020 - 19:26
The coronavirus outbreak has decimated the sporting schedule and left major doubts over some of 2020's biggest events.
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British Horseracing Authority to move meetings 'behind closed doors later in the week'

Sun, 15/03/2020 - 19:22
Racing in Britain is set to move behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.
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Cheltenham was a triumphant return of the written off

Sun, 15/03/2020 - 03:30
This Cheltenham was supposed to be about the Champion Chase but it wasn't. It was supposed to be about Rachael Blackmore, but it wasn't. It was supposed to be about Faugheen and Altior, but it wasn't about them either. It was about Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott and Paul Townend and Barry Geraghty. Mostly anyway.
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Sweet silence for Townend

Sun, 15/03/2020 - 03:30
Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider Paul Townend went from one extreme to the other as he steered Francin to victory at a spectator-less Navan yesterday.
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Timeline: How the coronavirus spread has affected the world of sport today

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 18:14
Sport continued to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday with more events in the United Kingdom postponed or rearranged, and further individuals forced to self-isolate.
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Pencil me in for Lead this afternoon at Navan

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 14:43
No Cheltenham winner this year but I was thrilled with Lostintranslation who really felt like the horse I rode to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock earlier in the season.
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Hats off to Mullins as four-timer lands him Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 03:30
Willie Mullins was the star of the show on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival as back-to-back Gold Cup victories for Al Boum Photo helped the Closutton maestro walk away as leading trainer following a remarkable comeback.
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Power can land valuable double behind closed doors in Navan

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 03:30
Graded action takes place behind closed doors in Ireland this weekend with Navan staging the Grade Two Webster Cup today.
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Today, Paul Townend sits in the seat that Ruby turned into a throne

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 03:30
You can't take offence with the gods in this grown-up, plain-speaking place, so Tuesday was never going to weaken Paul Townend.
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Joe Farrell has a couple of big runs left in him

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 03:30
The phrase 'may you live in interesting times' is often said to be an ancient Chinese curse but, in fact, there's not much evidence of it ever being widely used in China.
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Mullins saves the best until last as 2,196/1 four-timer leaves the Closutton maestro in seventh heaven

Sat, 14/03/2020 - 03:30
"Now lads you're going out here today lads and 'tis going to be a game of two halves, you're going to have the first half and you'll have the second half."
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'I think everybody has behaved incredibly responsibly' - Cheltenham chief admits relief after 'surreal' Festival

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 20:50
Cheltenham chief Ian Renton admitted his relief after an "interesting" Cheltenham Festival drew to a close on Friday.
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Al Boum Photo seals back-to-back Gold Cups in thrilling finish to Cheltenham showpiece

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 17:02
Al Boum Photo, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, has become the first back-to-back winner of the Gold Cup since the great Best Mate on an incredible day for the team at Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham Day Four: Historic day for Willie Mullins, Paul Townend and Al Boum Photo - As it happened

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 13:21
The Gold Cup, scheduled to go off at 3.30pm, is the feature of the final day of Cheltenham. The action starts as usual at 1.30pm with the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle.
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Questions must be asked over staging of festival in the face of a health crisis

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 03:30
Nothing could better illustrate the popularity of the Cheltenham Festival than the third-day attendance figure of 65,218 - only 2,603 down on last year, when there was no pandemic and the news cycle was not crammed with shut-downs and emergency measures.
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Kemboy can improve and get us to that special place of heaven at top of the hill

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 03:30
"Men talk of heaven. There is no heaven but here. Men talk of hell. There is no hell but here." - Omar Khayyam
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'Apple's Jade is going to stud now, we've been lucky to train her'

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 03:30
Gordon Elliott hailed Apple's Jade as "the horse of a lifetime" after the curtain came down on her career at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday.
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Elliott's stable star Samcro rewards trainer's patience with Festival triumph after 'lost year'

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 03:30
They found a missing person in the Cotswolds just after lunchtime yesterday, Cheltenham still blithely shrugging off the worries of a world going into lockdown.
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