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Clear winner: Dodging Bullets jumps the last ahead of Somersby on the way to victory at Sandown

Tingle Creek Chase 2014: Dodging Bullets shoots home in Tingle Creek

Dodging Bullets became Paul Nicholls’ ninth winner of the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday

Jockey Richard Johnson must serve a 12-day ban for taking the wrong course at Exeter

God's Own can stake claim to join anointed two-milers

With both Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy, resting up after injuries, Saturday’s Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown feels a bit like a tennis Grand Slam without Djokovic and Nadal. The winner will have to do something extraordinary to be compared favourably with the last two winners of the two-mile Champion Chase, who connections hope will recover in time to face each other at Cheltenham in March.

Coneygree wins the Grade Two Berkshire Novices’ Chase at Newbury on Friday

Hennessy Gold Cup: The Druids Nephew can fulfil destiny in Hennessy

The search is on for a new superstar staying chaser and the Hennessy Gold Cup – with its roll call of famous champions going back even before Arkle won it for the first time half a century ago – is as good a place as any to start looking.

Barry Geraghty wins the feature race on the opening day of Newbury’s Hennessy meeting on Thursday, the Gerry Feilden Hurdle, on the Nicky Henderson-trained

Barry Geraghty: 'Really good horses just amaze you. It's incredible to be on board'

Geraghty, seeking a big-race hat-trick this weekend, tells Kevin Garside about the thrill of the chase

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

Haydock: Headgear can sharpen Silviniaco to edge old rivals

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.

Jockey Sam Twiston- Davies powered Caid Du Berlais to a Gold Cup triumph

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

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