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Mullins’ galaxy of stars primed to dominate at Cheltenham Festival  

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
Willie Mullins is bidding for total domination at this week’s Cheltenham Festival with the Closutton maestro set to saddle the favourite in at least half of the 28 races at the four-day extravaganza.
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Goshen can deliver sweet atonement for Moore team

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
There are a number of scenarios which could emerge from today’s Unibet Champion Hurdle at this quietest and quirkiest of Festivals, chief among them being the first female-ridden winner of the race if the mare Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore oblige.
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Bookies still expect to have bumper week despite lack on-course betting due to the pandemic

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
Bookmakers are still priming themselves for a bumper Cheltenham Festival, despite betting shops being closed and the absence of racegoers and on-course betting due to the pandemic. The layers do not expect the current situation will prevent the four days of the meeting from being the biggest in the calendar.
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‘I haven’t had a runner in it yet, but the Gold Cup is the best of the best’

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
How did you get started in racing?
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‘A horrendous, catastrophic, unbelievably stupid error’

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
The invitation arrives to spend a morning at Seven Barrows, Nicky Henderson’s pastoral idyll and the equine equivalent of The Shelbourne, for a timely reminder of what it means to respect an animal. For 16 days, racing has been battered by the scandal unleashed by a picture of Gordon Elliott sitting astride a dead horse, and nobody is more pained than the normally avuncular Henderson, given the shadow it has cast over his beloved Cheltenham Festival.
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More records in sight as Blackmore prepares for best Cheltenham yet 

Tue, 16/03/2021 - 03:30
History is something which Rachael Blackmore has become accustomed to rewriting on a regular basis and this week’s Cheltenham Festival could see more records go up in smoke if Honeysuckle justifies favouritism and lands today’s Champion Hurdle.
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Cheltenham Day One: Wayne Bailey’s race-by-race guide as Epatante gets set for double

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 21:32
We won’t have the famous roar from the crowd when Cheltenham kicks off this year, and it’s going to be one of the strangest in memory, although we’ve got used to racing behind closed doors and I for one am extremely thankful that sport is continuing.
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Altior ruled out of Cheltenham Festival for second straight year

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:42
Altior has been ruled out of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 11th hour for a second successive year.
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Mullins leads green revolution at Cheltenham with further dominance of Prestbury Cup in store

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
It’s hard to fathom how far Irish jump racing has come since the 1989 Cheltenham Festival passed without a winner for the raiding party.
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Lack of owners sees Festival entries take hit

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
The effects of a Cheltenham like no other are already being sorely felt with Festival entries way down for tomorrow’s opening day as the action at the Cotswolds takes place behind closed doors for the first time.
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Sound of silence will make for a Cheltenham like no other

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 03:30
Pull the helmet onto your head and ask the valet to tie the silk cap on. Listen to the noise of the two different TV channels on at the same time, the curious blend of English and Irish accents chatting underneath them, the thuds of saddles and lead on wooden tables and the slapping of padded sticks against leather boots.
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Moving may hinder former Elliott runners

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
An X-Factor going into this year’s Festival is the possible disruptive effect being moved might have on the horses taken by their owners from the Gordon Elliott stable.
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Rachael Blackmore on the brink of writing a new history

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
This time next week Rachael Blackmore could be celebrating the most famous performance in Cheltenham history. She could be receiving the kind of worldwide attention granted to very few jockeys. They might be making a start at engraving her name on the sport star of the year trophies.
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'You have to have the banter' - Mick Winters' mission to raise spirits and upset the odds at Cheltenham

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
After following through on his pre-race promise to roll in the Cheltenham mud “like a piggy” should Chatham Street Lad win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup around the famed track last January, Mick Winters has another party piece in mind.
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Mullins goes into Cheltenham campaign with the hopes of a nation on his broad shoulders

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
This could be the year that Willie Mullins really lets rip at Cheltenham. He’s been doing pretty well so far given that he holds the all-time record for wins at the Festival. But his overall dominance of the National Hunt game hasn’t quite been reflected at its biggest festival in the past few years.
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Avoid the bookies’ benefits in the hunt for Festival value

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
If you want to make a small fortune punting at the Cheltenham Festival, it’s probably best to start with a large one. At the majority of race meetings, runners can easily be divided into those primed to win and those not fully tuned up or whose chance of winning is not evident based on their form.
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McHugh and Shark going up against the big guns

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
As an All-Ireland winner with his club eight years ago, it is no surprise that former Roscommon and St Brigid’s footballer Cathal McHugh reaches for familiar terms of reference to describe what being involved in Cheltenham is like.
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Bankers, lays and dark horses aplenty - Wayne Bailey looks through the Cheltenham betting markets

Sun, 14/03/2021 - 03:30
Trained by Nicky Henderson, the 2020 Supreme Novice Hurdle winner hasn’t put a hoof wrong over fences, winning all three outings - and while some would feel we didn’t learn too much from those odds-on victories, his style suggests he could be a similar sort to Sprinter Sacre and Altior. An exciting prospect.
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Henderson remains wary of banana skins

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
For Nicky Henderson, the pressure of having horses at the Cheltenham Festival is not on the day but in the build-up.
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THE BIG CHELTENHAM QUIZ

Sat, 13/03/2021 - 03:30
The Gold Cup
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