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Vautour dies in freak accident

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Vautour dies in freak accident

Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Vautour has been put to sleep after breaking his leg in a freak accident at Closutton. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was an emphatic all-the-way winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2014, before following that up with a blistering win in the JLT Novices’ Chase in 2015. His most recent Festival…

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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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Vautour just Supreme

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Vautour just Supreme in Supreme Novices'

Vautour produced a sensational performance to land the opening race of The Festival, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle yesterday, by six lengths from runner-up Josses Hill. The 7/2 joint-favourite was always in command turning for home and when jockey Ruby Walsh asked him for a finishing kick, he took off up the hill to…

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Cheltenham ’14 – OLBG Mares Hurdle

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Highland Retreat a value alternative to Quevega in OLBG Mares Hurdle 2014

For the past half a decade, race goers have witnessed the formidable Quevega notch up a sequence of devastatingly impressive victories in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins’ string is currently notoriously difficult to place confidently, but little doubt is behind the fact that the champion mare will attempt to make…

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Cheltenham ’12: Jewson Novices Chase

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The Jewson Novices Chase commences the third day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival. The race is run on the New Course over a distance of two miles and four furlongs, which see’s participant’s jump a total of seventeen fences. Introduced for the first time last year, the race didn’t disappoint attracting a high quality…

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Cheltenham '11 – Champion Hurdle

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The Grade 1 Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the opening day and the climax of the NH hurdling season. Known for epic finishes, and won last year by Binocular, it’s open to five year old and above horses, run over an extended two miles, on the Cheltenham Old Course, with a total of eight…

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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: 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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