Cheltenham 2016 Champion Hurdle

Cheltenham 2016 – Champion Hurdle

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The Champion Hurdle is the top two-mile event for horses tackling timber, and bar being barged off the calendar due to couple of snow storms, a war & the more recent foot and mouth crisis, the race has been run annually since 1927. The loss of the 2001 renewal denied the brilliant Istabraq his chance…

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Cheltenham 2016 Arkle Chase

Cheltenham 2016 – Arkle Chase

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The Arkle Chase is the second race on the opening day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. Over the years we have been treated to some real superstars over this trip including Sprinter Sacre, Sizing Europe, Moscow Flyer, Big Zeb and Master Minded and most recently Un De Sceaux who is looking to follow up a…

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Cheltenham 2016 OLBG Mares Hurdle

Cheltenham 2016 – OLBG Mares Hurdle

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Rewind the clock back twelve months ago and heading towards the last Annie Power seemingly had the OLBG Mares Hurdle in the bag, until she got the last wrong and ended up on the floor. Rich Ricci’s star racemare doesn’t bid to right the wrongs of twelve months ago and instead heads for the Champion…

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Cheltenham 2016 Timico Gold Cup

Cheltenham 2016 – Timico Gold Cup

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No race delivers so often on promise as the Gold Cup, whether it’s the sheer theatre of Dawn Run’s irresistible late rally in 1986, Norton’s Coin’s 100/1 defeat of the nation’s darling in 1990 or Adrian Maguire lifting Cool Ground over the line in a 3-way photo in 1993. Those were the highlights of my…

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Cheltenham 2016 Neptune Novices Hurdle

Cheltenham 2016 – Neptune Novices Hurdle

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The Neptune Novices Hurdle is a race for novices’ run over a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs, and despite its distance it has proven a rich source of producing future Champion Hurdle winners, even more so than the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle which is run over the same distance as the Champion Hurdle. Faugheen, Hardy…

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Cheltenham 2016 Foxhunter Chase

Cheltenham 2016 – Foxhunter Chase

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Martin Pennington takes a look through the field for the 2016 Foxhunter Chase, and brings you his expert view on the contenders. Cheltenham 2016 – Foxhunter Chase Contenders Defending Champion On The Fringe heads the likely runners for Friday’s Foxhunter Chase at the Festival. Enda Bolger’s charge registered a notable treble in 2015 when adding…

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Cheltenham 2016 RSA Chase

Cheltenham 2016 – RSA Chase

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The RSA Chase has come to prominence for producing future Gold Cup winners of late, and this year Don Poli looks to add another notch onto that roll-call having taken this race twelve months ago. Last year Don Poli became the first horse in the last 11 years that hadn’t run within the calendar year,…

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Cheltenham 2016 Triumph Hurdle

Cheltenham 2016 – Triumph Hurdle

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The Triumph Hurdle is the opening race on the final day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, run over a trip of two miles and a furlong for horses aged four. Katchit became the first winner of the Triumph Hurdle since Kribensis in 1988 to go on and win the Champion Hurdle, when victorious in 2007.…

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Cheltenham 2016 Ryanair Chase

Cheltenham 2016 – Ryanair Chase

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The Ryanair Chase has suffered as a recent edition to the Festival, and while many top-class chasers are best at intermediate trips, the cachet of both the Queen Mother Champion Chase and The Gold Cup means that trainers are loath to take what is deemed an easy option in the Ryanair, for all it holds…

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Cheltenham 2016 Supreme Novices Hurdle

Cheltenham 2016 – Supreme Novices Hurdle

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The Cheltenham Festival traditionally gets underway with the infamous “Cheltenham Roar”, as the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – a race about 2 miles on the Old Course for 4yo+ novice hurdlers. The Supreme Novices’ not only gets The Festival underway with an absolute bang, but it also acts as an introduction…

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Cheltenham 2016 Champion Chase

Cheltenham 2016 – Champion Chase

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The event all of the top two mile chasers have their seasons tailored around, the Champion Chase has thrown up some truly outstanding winners over the years. Jessica Harrington’s top class Moscow Flyer set the early standard after the turn of the millennium with two exhilarating successes in 2003 & 2005 – the latter as…

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