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New Year’s Day

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Caid Du Berlais

We’re back at Cheltenham once again and this time we have the delights of the New Year’s Day fixture to focus on tomorrow afternoon. First and foremost I’d like to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year, and hopefully I can find you a winner or two on tomorrow’s card which looks fairly…

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Know Your Race – Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is the only one of the four championship races where the distance (3m2½f) is significantly different to the main trials. Most trials are over 3m – in Britain the King George and Denman, in Ireland the Down Royal Champion Chase, Lexus and Irish Hennessy. The Betfair Chase was upped from 3m to…

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The Ladbroke 2014

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20 To Follow

Some good quality racing at Ascot this weekend and Charlie Sutton pulls out his quill to run the rule of The Ladbroke Hurdle and give you his thoughts on the competitive two-mile handicap. Valuable handicaps – how good are they for racing? There have been a couple of recent Twitter debates regarding these races and…

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Know Your Race – World Hurdle

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Know Your Race World Hurdle

The World Hurdle has always been the poor relation of the four championship races. It’s been called a race for failed chasers, but attitudes have changed a lot and more horses are being trained with this race in mind now. (Big Buck’s is actually the only winner this century that had previously run in a…

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Racing Review: Clouds Lands Hennessy

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Many Clouds improves to land Hennessy.

The eighth edition of Racing Review, and this week Jamie Taylor takes a look back at the Hennessy Gold Cup meeting from Newbury, the Drinmore Novices’ Chase over in Ireland and other bits and pieces throughout the week of interest. MANY CLOUDS TAKES OUT HENNESSY PRIZE In my preview piece earlier last week I’d basically…

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Hennessy Gold Cup 2014

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Rocky Creek Hennessy Gold Cup

Looking ahead to the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury this weekend, Jamie Taylor takes a look through this year’s renewal with the aim of finding us the winner. Around this time every year I am reminded about the great feat pulled off by Denman to win the second of his Hennessy Gold Cup’s, which arguably…

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Racing Review: Conti Back To Brilliant Best

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Silviniaco Conti Back To Best

The seventh edition of Racing Review and in this edition Jamie Taylor takes a look back at the Betfair Chase meeting from Haydock Park, some quality racing from Ascot and several notable performances from novices both in the UK and Ireland in the last week. CONTI BACK TO BRILLIANT BEST IN BETFAIR Arguably the highlight…

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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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Betfair Chase 2014

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Dynaste for Betfair Chase glory....

Last year’s Betfair Chase was as good a race as you’ll see over fences at this trip, and is why the race made it onto my Top 5 Performances of the 2013/14 NH Season. This year however Silviniaco Conti lines up having already had the benefit of a warm-up in the Charlie Hall Chase at…

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Racing Review: The Reign Continues

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Balthazar Reigns Supreme

The sixth edition of Racing Review and in this edition we look back at all of The Open meeting at Cheltenham, some quality stuff from Punchestown and a few notable performances from novices both over in Ireland and here in the past week. DAY ONE Day one saw a very smart novices’ chase albeit run…

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