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Can Champion Hurdle Day Favourites Be Opposed at 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

As any regular bettor knows, favourites do not always justify their status at the head of the market in big horse races. That includes the Cheltenham Festival as much as any other meeting. With the annual four-day gala of jumps horse racing fast approaching, what of the fancied runners heading to Prestbury Park for Champion […]

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Al Boum Photo steps up Cheltenham prep Willie Mullins says Al Boum Photo will do a “big bit of work” this week as he steps up his preparations for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The nine-year-old is a dual winner of the Cheltenham Festival showpiece and he will be aiming to join Cottage Rake, Arkle and […]

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Bailey provides positive Imperial Aura update Trainer Kim Bailey has reported Imperial Aura to be in good order ahead of his tilt at next month’s Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The Imperial Racing Partnership-owned eight-year-old will be looking to join an elite list of dual Cheltenham Festival winners following his success in last year’s […]

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Elliott retains Cheltenham plan for Tiger Roll Gordon Elliott says Tiger Roll remains on course for next month’s Cheltenham Festival despite finishing last at Navan on Sunday. The dual Grand National winner was stepping up his preparations for the Prestbury Park showpiece by running in the Grade Two Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle, a race he won […]

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The Big Breakaway heading straight to Cheltenham Joe Tizzard says The Big Breakaway will go straight to Cheltenham after opting against a trip to Saturday’s Ascot meeting. The six-year-old was due to head to Wetherby two weeks ago but when that meeting was abandoned due to the weather connections confirmed their intention to go to […]

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Chatham Street Lad aimed at Marsh Novices’ Chase Trainer Michael Winters will aim Chatham Street Lad at the Marsh Novices’ Chase when they head to the Cheltenham Festival. The nine-year-old has recorded some strong form over the current campaign, registering three victories from five outings, and a trip to Cheltenham has always been on the […]

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 17 February 2021 15:46 Conditions key to Sporting John’s Festival run Philip Hobbs says ground conditions will dictate which route Sporting John takes at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. The JP McManus-owned six-year-old holds two entries at the Festival after Hobbs opted to take him out of the running for the Arkle Novices’ Chase, with the […]

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 17 February 2021 12:59 Benie Des Dieux to miss Cheltenham Festival Trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed that Benie Des Dieux will not run at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. The 10-year-old was a winner of the Mares’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park in 2018 and she had appeared to be on course to defend that crown 12 […]

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Skelton yet to decide Roksana race Dan Skelton has admitted it’s likely be a late call as to which race at the Cheltenham Festival his charge Roksana will feature in. Roksana managed to win the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle back in 2019 and that same race on the Tuesday is being considered, depending on the […]

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Connections considering Thedevilscoachman options Handler Noel Meade says a decision is yet to be made on Thedevilscoachman ahead of next month’s Cheltenham Festival. An impressive victory in the Listed I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday saw the five-year-old back up a win at Navan on January 29. Meade was pleased with […]

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