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Ground has Tiger beaten but 'horse of a lifetime' left unbowed

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 03:30
They spared him a panorama of squinting eyes, side-stepping the enclosure for some privacy back in the yard behind the weigh-room.
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Nicholls' vision clinches rare hat-trick for emotional owner Hales

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Four days ago it looked as if yesterday's Betway Champion Chase, won emphatically by the 6/1 shot Politologue, would be the race of this year's Festival: Altior set to defend his title against the young pretenders Chacun Pour Soi and Defi Du Seuil.
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Blackmore and A Plus Tard all set to fly home in Ryanair test

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 03:30
It's probably too much to ask of Day 3 - traditionally the quietest of Cheltenham's four days - to repeat last year's remarkable feel-good 'golden hour' when Frodon and Bryony Frost battled back to land the Ryanair Chase and then Paisley Park took the Stayers' Hurdle.
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All to play for as relieved Mullins gets on scoreboard just before half-time

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 03:30
Just "like Kerry, getting a score before half-time" is the response when Willie Mullins is congratulated on his first Cheltenham Festival winner of 2020 by well-known racing photographer and Kingdom native Pat Healy.
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Michael Verney's race-by-race guide to Day Three: Paisley Park to cement spot among staying kings

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 21:17
ALL eyes will be on Paisley Park as the stamina king bids for back-to-back victories in Thursday’s Stayers’ Hurdle but two hours earlier the roof may have come off at Cheltenham should the evergreen Faugheen roll back the years once again in the opener.
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Ferny Hollow rounds off Ladies Day at Cheltenham with Champion Bumper win for Willie Mullins

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 19:38
Willie Mullins got off the mark for the week at the Cheltenham Festival when Ferny Hollow downed better-fancied stablemate Appreciate It in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
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Politologue shocks field with Champions Chase win in Day Two Cheltenham feature

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 17:07
Politologue led his rivals a merry dance to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in tremendous fashion.
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Cheltenham Day Two: Big day for Barry Geraghty as he brings home two of JP McManus' four winners - As it happened

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 12:42
It is day two of the Cheltenham Festival and the Queen Mother Champion Chase (15.30) is the big race of the day. Follow all the action in our live blog.
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Big blow for Willie Mullins as Champion Chase hopeful Chacun Pour Soi is declared a non-runner

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 12:22
Chacun Pour Soi has been declared a non-runner in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.
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Course and distance winner Repetitio looks to be the value bet of the day

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
News of Altior's defection from this afternoon's Champion Chase has deprived us of one element of a cracking contest and the door is now firmly open for Defi Du Seuil to step into the breach as the king of the two-mile chasers.
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Patrick Mullins: It was one of those days - we hope there are better ones ahead

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Altior, victorious at the last four festivals, but absent today after the first troubled campaign of his career. And so the throne is left vacant.
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All it took was a moment. A hiccup of lost concentration, as Blackmore seized her chance

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
On a day the old valley turned its back on the rest of the world, we could at least console ourselves that there was beauty in the denial.
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Michael Verney's day 1 race reads

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
1.30 Grade One Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m½f
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Coronavirus warnings fail to discourage Festival-goers

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Aided by a walking stick and already nursing a sniffle, 88-year-old Mick Easterby is what might be described by the NHS as "high risk" amid the coronavirus crisis. But try telling him that.
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'40 is the new 30' as Geraghty revels in Champion triumph with Epatante

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Some questioned whether he was over the hill and if his best days were in the rear-view mirror having been dogged by injury but Barry Geraghty never contemplated a departure from the saddle and he got his just rewards at Cheltenham yesterday.
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Geraghty and Epatante deliver perfect birthday present for McManus

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
The usual suspects were left smiling once again on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival after Barry Geraghty provided owner JP McManus with the perfect birthday present when guiding the brilliant mare Epatante (2/1 favourite) to Champion Hurdle success.
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Bookies edge first joust with punters

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
The spoils in the betting ring just about went to the bookmakers after a pulsating opening afternoon of Cheltenham.
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Bookies won't 'Appreciate' a Mullins winner in the bumper

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
It's rare enough that my main bet of the day is in a bumper, but I'm very keen on Appreciate It around 7/4 for Willie Mullins with son Patrick booked to steer him home (5.30).
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Mullins ‘not shying away’ from Envoi test

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Gordon Elliott is hoping the "classy" Envoi Allen can maintain his unbeaten record in today's opener at Cheltenham.
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Johnson must pass morning medical to take his day-two rides

Wed, 11/03/2020 - 03:30
Richard Johnson will need to pass the doctor today if he is to take his rides on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
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