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Geraghty to miss Festival

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Geraghty to miss Festival

He looked to have a superb book of rides at Prestbury Park, but Irish jockey Barry Geraghty will miss this year’s Cheltenham Festival with injuries sustained from a fall on Supreme Novices’ and Triumph Hurdle hope Charli Parcs in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday. One of the finest jockey’s of his generation, Geraghty…

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Contender Files – BetBright Cup

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The BetBright Cup was set up last year to highlight the battle between Great Britain and Ireland at The Festival and to reward the team which produced more winners over the four days. Last year, GB pipped Ireland 15-12 in the first-to-14 contest and took home the trophy, complete with some hallowed Cheltenham turf. AP…

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Know Your Race – Champion Chase

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Know Your Race - Champion Chase

Of the 4 championship races, the Champion Chase is the simplest to understand. 2m chasing is the most specialist division in national hunt racing – it’s all about jumping at a breakneck gallop. However, many punters misunderstand the Champion Chase. The most commonly held misconception is that you need a 2½m horse. Given how fast…

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Cheltenham ’14 – Champion Chase

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Captain Conan fancied to land the 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase

The 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase looks a weaker renewal now that last year’s 19 length winner Sprinter Sacre has been ruled out. Dubbed the ‘Black Aeroplane’, Nicky Henderson’s superstar will be missed and we can only hope he returns fit and healthy next year. However, what the race now lacks in quality it makes…

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Cheltenham ’14 – Champion Bumper

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Dermot Weld holds key with Vigil for Champion Bumper...

The Champion Bumper is a fairly recent addition to Cheltenham week but is one of the more intriguing races with so many unknown quantities lining up. Backing the winner of the race is now up there with finding time to queue for a Prestbury Park pint as one of the more tricky tasks over the…

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Cheltenham '11 – D Nicholson Mares Hurdle

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The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle is a Grade 2 event run over two and a half miles, and has been run now for three years. Over the last two years the race has been won by Quevega and trainer Willie Mullins will be sending his superstar racemare to try and complete a historic treble in…

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Cheltenham '10: Gold Cup

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup has become the showpiece of the Cheltenham Festival and is the fourth race of final day. It wasn’t however, always held in such high regard. Initially a flat race over three miles, it wasn’t till over a hundred years later that the race was run over fences, and for a prize…

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Cheltenham '10: Champion Bumper

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The Champion Bumper, the only flat race at the Festival, is the finale of day two. Not only does it attract some of the main jockeys from the Flat, but some of the most exciting young horses in training. Despite only having a seventeen year history, it has seen winners like Florida Pearl, Monsignor, Cousin…

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Cheltenham '10: Ryanair Chase

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The RyanAir Chase, a partial replacement for the Cathcart, is the third race on the thrid day of the Festival. Initial fears the race would detract from the Queen Mother and Gold Cup fields have been dispelled, as the RyanAir Chase has been a complete success. It has shown in its five year existence to…

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Cheltenham '10: Champion Chase

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The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a championship race run over two-miles for five-year-old chasers and above at Grade 1 level. The total prize fund for this race stands at around £320,000. The race itself is the feature on the second day of the Festival (Wednesday) and is always filled with high quality entrants. Traditionally…

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