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‘People’s Horse’ Tiger Roll Sets Course For Historic Third Grand National

Tiger Roll will run only twice this season before bidding to become the first horse in history to win the £1-million Randox Health Grand National for a third consecutive year, his trainer Gordon Elliott has revealed. In April, Tiger Roll emulated the legendary Red Rum to win the world’s greatest steeplechase back to back. Trainer […]

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Britain: High Profile Couple Stops Entering At Cheltenham Over Injury Issues

Two prominent British owners in jump racing have created a stir in the industry by choosing not to enter their horses at Cheltenham, one of the world’s most renowned steeplechase venues. According to the Racing Post, Paul and Clare Rooney wrote to their trainers, telling them not to run at Cheltenham, where six fatalities occurred […]

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Champion Hurdle Hero Faugheen Returns From 665-Day Layoff With Easy Punchestown Win

Faugheen is once again at the head of the ante-post market on the Champion Hurdle after an impressive return to action in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. The 2015 Champion Hurdle hero could not have been more convincing in the Grade One contest, on what was his eagerly-awaited comeback after 665 days on the […]

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Splash Of Ginge Provides Owner With Thrilling Upset In Cheltenham’s BetVictor Gold Cup

Splash Of Ginge was a 25-1 winner of the G3 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham for Nigel Twiston-Davies. Twiston-Davies said: “He’s got a big following this horse and he’s been remarkable for us. “He just lost his confidence over fences a bit so we put him back over hurdles and he’s come back this season […]

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Winning Owner Potts Dies At Age 80

Jessica Harrington led the tributes to Alan Potts after the leading National Hunt owner died at the age of 80. Potts was one of the powerhouse names in jumps racing and was responsible for Sizing John, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. Potts’ wife, Ann, also died in August after a long illness. […]

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Britain: Father And Son Training Duo Receive Three-Year Ban After Horse Tests Positive For Cobalt

Trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael have been disqualified for three years following a British Horseracing Authority hearing into the withdrawal of Anseanachai Cliste at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The Northern Ireland-based handler and his son, who is the registered owner of Anseanachai Cliste, faced a disciplinary panel on Tuesday to answer doping […]

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Study: Irish Racing Fans Spent Over $23.5 Million At 2016 Cheltenham Festival

Racing fans visiting from Ireland spent €22.3 million (about US$23.5 million) at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016 spread across travel, accommodation, tickets and entertainment, according to an Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) carried out by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Cheltenham Racecourse. Fans based in Ireland bought 57,375 tickets, or the equivalent of 30 […]

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Eclipse Award-Winning Steeplechaser Rawnaq Sidelined For 2017

Irv Naylor’s reigning Eclipse Award winner Rawnaq will miss his engagement in Cheltenham’s Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle because of an injury sustained in a training incident at Naylor’s Butler, Md., farm on Friday. Rawnaq, crowned as the Eclipse champion the following day, was pursuing a $500,000 bonus for the winner of the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Calvin […]

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‘Horse Of An Absolute Lifetime’: 10-Year-Old Sprinter Sacre Retired

A minor leg injury during training at his home yard has ended the career of champion chaser Sprinter Sacre, trainer Nicky Henderson reported on Twitter Sunday. The 10-year-old winner of 18 of his 24 lifetime starts, including nine at the Group 1 level, retires with earnings of £1,136,884 (about $1.4 million US). “His ability and […]

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No Hooves, No Problem For Teenager Who Wins First Race After Practicing On Wooden Horse

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Tubb got her first win as a jockey in a pony race at Cheltenham recently after practicing on a wooden horse her father built for her. The Daily Express reported that Tubb’s parents couldn’t afford to buy her a horse of her own (although they do routinely make a nearly 200-mile roundtrip drive to […]

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