Colin Tizzard expects last year’s Betfair Chase winner Cue Card to improve for his comeback run

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Cue Card, Dynaste and Silviniaco Conti – first, second and third in last year’s Betfair Lancashire Chase – meet again in Haydock’s important early pointer to this season’s major honours, but predicting today’s outcome is nothing like as simple as one-two-three.

Garde La Victoire (right), ridden by Richard Johnson, jumps the last fence to win the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham

Cheltenham: Victory to Victoire, while Fly is not yet ready to be written off

Garde La Victoire and Vaniteux emerged as two exciting new stars at Cheltenham on Sunday when fighting out the finish of the Greatwood Hurdle, the former completing a sensational weekend for trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson.

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Paddy Power Gold Cup 2014: Sam’s wrong call but right result

Caid Du Berlais won the Paddy Power Gold Cup by a head in a thrilling finish at Cheltenham. Victory was all the sweeter after the triumphant jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies, had tried to persuade his boss, Paul Nicholls not to run the horse.

Champagne West (left) clears one of the reduced number of obstacles in Cheltenham’s novice chase

Paddy Power Gold Cup: Come rain or shine, Snow should prove the reliable forecast

Sun stopped play briefly here at Cheltenham today before spoiling the finale of the novice chase and it threatens to do the same in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Gold Cup, the highlight of the three-day Open Meeting.

Jamie Spencer rides Dashing Star in the November Handicap on his farewell to the British Turf

Irving can stake claim to belong in Elite over hurdles

The champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls was confident his stable would move quickly up through the gears come November following a stalled start to the campaign and he has been true to his word.

Protectionist wins the Melbourne Cup, the first German horse to triumph in one of the world’s most prestigious races

Moore makes history on Protectionist but Melbourne Cup tinged with tragedy

Moore’s master class in patience and timing will not be forgotten in a hurry

Admire Rakti, ridden by Zac Purton, had to be put down after the race

Melbourne Cup 2014: Protectionist times home run to perfection but victory marred as favourite Admire Rakti dies

Rakti finished last but had to be put down immediately after the race as the German raider claimed the prestigious race

Dank is lead to train in preparation for the 2014 Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park

Dank can leave rivals in shade on a good night for Europe

Thanks in part to a series of high-profile victories around the world this past month, Ryan Moore is the centre of attention ahead of Saturday night’s 31st Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, California, which is quite something when the competition includes such American riding legends as Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.

James Doyle on Noble Mission, left, wins The Qipco Champion Stakes by a neck from Al Kazeem at Ascot on Saturday

Champion Stakes 2014: Noble Mission's victory a salute to the memory of Sir Henry Cecil

Tranier's widow hails 'fairytale' ending as horse triumphs in thrilling race

Free Eagle soars into contention as big names miss Champions Day

Despite injuries there are still plenty of big names in the race

Estidhkaar, ridden by Paul Hanagan, winning the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in July

Future Champions Day 2014: Estidhkaar and Ivawood poised to take soft route towards stardom

Pair will race at Newmarket in the Dewhurst Stakes and Middle Park Stakes respectively

Harry Meade: ‘I’ve got no horse and two exploded elbows’

Harry Meade has always wanted to emulate his father’s Olympic gold, but with Rio beckoning, double disaster struck, as he explains to Tim Rich

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Derby winner Australia retired to stud in shock announcement after Galileo colt developed hoof problem

Winner of the Epsom and Irish Derby, Australia earned over £2m in prize money

Silvestre De Sousa riding Scatter Dice (R, green&red) win the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket racecourse in 2013

Quinn mighty sweet on Moidore for Ces

It takes a special type of horse to win a Cesarewitch and a glance down the list of recent winners reveals that it is a quality punters often find impossible to identify before it is too late.

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