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Weekend Sweep 2015

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Happy new year to all! 14:40 Kempton William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed Handicap) (Class 1) 2m 5f Main contenders… Tea For Two is currently vying for favouritism and it is not hard to see why based on his performance in novices’ hurdles. Won hard held at Towcester on Boxing Day over an inadequate trip and prior…

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The Weekend Sweep

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Cheltenham Preview Evening 2014

14:25 Newbury, bet365 Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)  (4YO plus) – 3m 110y More Of That makes his seasonal debut tomorrow as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record. He was highly progressive last season and progressed from a class 3 handicap in November to the World Hurdle on the biggest stage of them…

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The Weekend Sweep

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Faugheen storms clear up the hill to land the 2014 renewal under Ruby Walsh.

14:05 Ascot, Amlin 1965 Chase (25K Field Size Bonus Race) (Grade 2) (Class 1)  (4YO plus) – 2m 3f Last year’s winner Al Ferof bids to get his season off to a flying start once again. He defeated an inferior rival in French Opera last season and has much more on his plate this time. He…

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Cheltenham Season Preview Night

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Cheltenham Preview Evening 2014

Last Thursday I attended the Cheltenham Season Preview Night in The Centaur building at the racecourse. I thought it would be a good opportunity to grab the notepad and jot down the thoughts of the panel and share them with you. The night was sponsored by Ladbrokes and the panel discussed the big races in…

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The Weekend Sweep

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Standing Ovation

Last weeks edition of ‘The Weekend Sweep’ saw a nice winner in Sign Of A Victory for the Nicky Henderson team. Roy Nicol is back this week to look at the action at Wincanton, with a couple of selections at Sandown taking his fancy. 13:30 Wincanton, Bathwick Tyres Rising Stars Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)…

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The Weekend Sweep

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The Showcase Meeting

It is an Ascot card full of high class handicaps, Charlie Hall Chase day at Wetherby and the Jnwine.com Champion Chase over at Down Royal tomorrow. Quality action at three venues. 13:15 Ascot, Ascot Racecourse Novices’ Hurdle (Class 3) One I am really keen on here is Charlie Longsdon’s Our Kaempfer. This son of Oscar was…

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The Return of the Weekend Sweep

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The Showcase Day One

After a summer break the Weekend Sweep returns this Friday as the season starts to develop. Tomorrow sees a plethora of top draw National Hunt action featuring  the 2014 running of the Old Roan Chase at Aintree and the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow. 14:00 Aintree, Betfred Tv Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)   This looks…

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National Hunt 2014/15 Season Preview

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Doctor Harper one to follow this season.

The time is almost upon us. The National Hunt season is within touching distance. Expect plenty of fun, thrills and spills as we near another seven months of enthralling equine action over obstacles. What can we hope to see in 2014/2015 that we sadly missed out on last season then? Sprinter Sacre hopefully returning to…

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Cheltenham ’14 – Foxhunter Chase

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The CGA Foxhunter Chase is a Class 2 chase run over a distance of three miles and two furlongs. It is run over exactly the same course and distance as the Gold Cup which precedes the race on the Friday of the Festival. The race has been a standing dish at the Festival for over…

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Cheltenham Preview Night – Cheltenham 25/02/2014

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Cheltenham Preview Evening 2014

Last week our very own Roy Nicol went to the Cheltenham Preview Night in Cheltenham to find out the thoughts of the panel, ahead of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. Host: Racing UK’s Oli Bell On the panel: Trainer Kim Bailey, Kim Bailey’s head lad Mat Nicholls and Trainer Fergal O’Brien The night was based around…

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