Bradley, ridden by Sally Randall, clears the final fence to win The Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown yesterday

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Those looking for a little extra financial ammo to go to war with at Cheltenham next week might be irresistibly drawn to the familiar green and gold silks carried by Regal Encore in the Imperial Cup Hurdle at Sandown this afternoon.

Nigel Twiston-Davies watches his horses ride out at Grange Hill Farm

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With his son and The New One fancied for Champion Hurdle, Nigel Twiston-Davies tells Sue Montgomery of his pride

Racing Pigeon: Sam Twiston-Davies and Pigeon Island clear the water jump in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Newbury yesterday

Mr Moonshine keeps National hopes alive

It is 60 years since Royal Tan followed Early Mist into the record books to complete one of racing’s rarest doubles – back-to-back Grand National victories with different horses for the same owner-trainer combination – in that case Joe Griffin and Vincent O’Brien.

Big Hands Harry clears the last in the style of an odds-on shot to land a novice hurdle for Barry Geraghty at Newbury yesterday

Monbeg Dude may be taken by Surprise in National trial

Racing’s focus turns for a moment from Cheltenham to Aintree this afternoon when nine Grand National entries, including the fancied Monbeg Dude and Godsmejudge, do battle at Doncaster for the Grimthorpe Chase.

David Weir returns to competition on British soil at the Silverstone Half Marathon tomorrow

David Weir: Weirwolf of London is still hungry for records

How do you follow London 2012? It’s a quandary that has bedevilled the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Bradley Wiggins and David Weir.

Cue Card is out of the Gold Cup after pulling muscles

Cue Card forced to miss Cheltenham Festival

Eight-year-old ruled out with pulled muscles

Sacre won’t be ready, admits Henderson

Sprinter Sacre, the two-mile champion chaser, was on Sunday night abruptly ruled out of the defence of his crown at the Cheltenham Festival, less than 48 hours after the most recent favourable update from his camp.

Blazing away: Irving pulls clear to win the Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton by five lengths

Irving set for starring role in Cheltenham Festival opener

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old now has only Vautour ahead of him in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Bury Parade, who goes in the BetBright Chase at Kempton today, wins at Ascot last month

Activial looks just handsome for Adonis test

Racing all goes a bit quiet at this time of year as everybody takes deep breaths before Cheltenham erupts on 11 March. Most will have completed on-course preparations by now and anyway, Kempton, sharp and right-handed, is not an obvious last-stop testing ground for the Festival.

Maxime Guyon stormed to victory over Certify on L’Amour De Ma Vie at Meydan yesterday

Shocker for Certify as unbeaten run ends

The Godolphin-owned filly appeared reluctant to enter the stalls before eventually being loaded in a blindfold

Trainer Philip Fenton is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday

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Philip Fenton, the trainer of the Irish Hennessy winner and Cheltenham Gold Cup third-favourite Last Instalment, is scheduled to appear at a Co Tipperary court on Thursday charged with the possession of banned substances, reported to be anabolic steroids.

Meet and greet: Melodic Rendezvous and jockey Nick Scholfield return victorious at Wincanton

Melodic Rendezvous calls the tune in sticky test

Champion Hurdle outsider outpaces Zarkandar to earn his chance at Cheltenham if conditions suit

Captain Chris, runner-up in the Ascot Chase last year, can go one better in this year’s running at the Berkshire course

Loch and Harry can puncture National hopes

Hot on the heels of the publication of the Grand National weights come two important trials, one at Haydock, featuring half a dozen Aintree entries and one at Ascot, where Teaforthree, 16-1 co-favourite for the main event, is the star attraction.

Nicky Henderson with Long Run

Long Run on course for Grand National

Long Run got his season back on track with a workmanlike win in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso, beating the course specialist Knockara Beau by six lengths to remain on course for the Grand National in April.

Sheikh Mohammed in clear over doping scandal

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has been cleared of wrongdoing after a doping scandal which led to a trainer in his Godolphin operation being banned for eight years.

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