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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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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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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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Day Two @ The Open

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Day Two @ The Open Meeting

With the first day out-of-the-way, Jamie Taylor looks forward to Day Two of The Open meeting at Cheltenham racecourse, featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup. The performance of day one was arguably the excellent Balthazar King, who in doing so equalled the record for the number of times a horse had won at Prestbury Park.…

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The history of the Paddy Power Gold Cup

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Imperial Commander leads Denman to win the Gold Cup

First staged in 1960, the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup is one of Jump racings most illustrious and valuable handicap chases and its history is replete with the names of some of the sport’s finest horses. The initial incarnation of the race produced a mighty winner in the Tom Dreaper-trained Fortria. Ridden by Pat…

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Top 5 Novice Performances of 2013/14

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Taquin De Seuil wins the 2014 JLT Novices' Chase.

This time Jamie Taylor focuses on the Top 5 Novice Performances of the 2013/14 National Hunt season, having already covered both the handicaps from last year, and also the races in open grade. Balder Succes Maghull Novices’ Chase – Aintree – 05/04/14 Progressed nicely over fences last season after being a very fair hurdler earlier…

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A Bunch Of Fives by Rory Delargy – Part Four

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Quiscover Fontaine runs in the Cross Country Chase 2014 for Enda Bolger

In this series, Rory Delargy looks at 5 relative outsiders in the Festival Handicaps, horses who haven’t been splashed over the front pages of the trade papers, paraded at Media Days for the leading yards or tipped up at one or more of the legion of preview nights which have littered the past weeks. With…

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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 ’14 – World Hurdle

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Annie Power taken to land the 2014 World Hurdle.

After the competitive nature of last season’s World Hurdle, it is good to see the race following in the same way this year. Unfortunately Solwhit won’t be around to defend his title he won so gallantly last March, but Celestial Halo will do battle once again and is the best guide for the form. The…

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