Silviniaco Conti belongs at the top table

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Silviniaco Conti has class to show Bobs real worth

George VI winner can deny Nicky Henderson a repeat Gold Cup

More Of That ridden by Barry Geraghty (right) before winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle ahead of Annie Power ridden by Ruby Walsh

Cheltenham Festival 2014: More Of That eases past lady and the champ to take World by surprise

Big Buck's finally gives best to younger legs and hearts, while Irish mare Annie Power beaten in to second place

Big Bucks who has been retired today by trainer Paul Nicholls on St Patrick's Thursday during the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2014: ‘Big Bucks is the people’s horse and came back safe and sound’

Trainer Paul Nicholls retired the defeated horse after the World Hurdle

Runners pass the grandstands in The JLT Novices' Steeple Chase on St Patrick's Thursday

Cheltenham Festival 2014: More Of That wins World Hurdle, with Big Bucks retired after defeat

Trainer Paul Nicholls revealed Big Bucks would be retired straight after the race

Ruby Walsh on Annie Power at Ascot last year
Ruby Walsh on Faugheen clears the last on their way to victory in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle – his 41st win at the Festival

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Jockey's forthright distinction between animal and jockey after the loss of Our Conor in Tuesday's feature race drew widespread criticism from anti-racing lobby

Cheltenham Festival Diary: Big Buck's hopes to win in yellow

David Beckham had DB. Cristiano Ronaldo has CR7. And Big Buck's, as befits his equine status, will have BB4 emblazoned on his bright yellow shoes as he bids to win a fifth World Hurdle title on Thursday afternoon.

Jamie Moore rides Sire De Grugy to a hugely popular victory in the Champion Chase

Cheltenham Festival: Queen Mother Champion Chase victory for Sire De Grugy proves popularity of Moores' family affair

It was the first time Jamie Moore had ridden into this Festival's hallowed winner's circle, and what a way to break his duck

Jamie Moore and Sire de Grugy celebrate victory in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Sire De Grugy wins Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Gary Moore-trained eight-year-old won by a clear distance

Ruby Walsh celebrating after victory at Cheltenham. He said that while 'humans are humans', horse are 'replaceable'

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Jockey Ruby Walsh angers welfare groups by describing horses as 'replaceable'

Peta called the comments ‘deeply offensive to anyone who has ever loved and lost a horse’

Barry Geraghty riding O'Faolains Boy (L) clear the last to win The RSA Steeple Chase from Smad Place (R) at Cheltenham
Ruby Walsh riding Vautour win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Ruby Walsh clarifies comments that horses are 'expendable' following death of Our Conor

Our Conor had to be put down on the first day of the festival after a fall in the Champion Hurdle

Sizing Europe jumps a fence in 2012

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Ageing Europe can regain crown in Queen Mother Champion Chase

The test presented by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a lightning-fast two-mile, one-lap blitz over fences, is arguably the most specialist of the week and, as such, tends to produce serial success more than any other contest. If the reigning champion does not win, then the up-and-comer who took the previous year's novice equivalent, the Arkle Trophy, often does. But Wednesday's edition is an exception; neither Sprinter Sacre, not quite himself after a heart problem, is here to defend his title nor his brilliant young stable-mate Simonsig, sidelined by injury, to test his own progression. Hamlet without either the prince or Horatio.

Ted Walsh could not disguise his disgust at Channel 4’s 'psychic pig'

Cheltenham Diary: Jason Maguire surgery offers strong hope

The news that the Grand National-winning jockey Jason Maguire was fighting for his life after suffering serious internal injuries in a fall at Stratford on Monday cast gloom over the Festival.

Daniel Mullins on Our Conor (right) briefly leads the field featuring eventual winner Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty (left)

Cheltenham Festival 2014: Jezki glory eclipsed by the sad demise of Our Conor

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