Big Buck’s is back. More than a year after effortlessly extending his unbeaten sequence to 18, the four-time World Hurdle winner returns to Cheltenham for the Cleeve Hurdle on trials day to great fanfare and the delight of everyone connected with the sport.
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Monday 22 April 2013
The Classic-winning Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni is to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing after samples taken from 11 horses in his care in Newmarket were found to contain traces of anabolic steroids. The horses include Certify, the winter favourite for the 1,000 Guineas, who must now miss the race.
Thursday 18 April 2013
This really has been a blasted Heath over the past couple of days, but today the gale was rendered incarnate by a colt named Toronado. His runaway success in the last of its Classic trials crowned a pleasing revival in the significance of this meeting, Hot Snap and Garswood having won their own rehearsals impressively the previous day. But while both arguably owed something to the shelter they found from fierce gusts across the track, Toronado went gliding clear of what had become a tailwind – and blew apart the betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Though Dawn Approach remains favourite, Toronado is no better than 4-1 to beat him back here in a fortnight.
Saturday 13 April 2013
Seven days after investing so much nervous energy in the Grand National, the sport today contemplates as tepid a Saturday as can be found in its calendar. But respite is almost immediate, with an engrossing week of Classic trials starting in Ireland tomorrow.
Thursday 28 March 2013
The Sky Blues were 10th in npower League One but drop to 14th
Tuesday 26 March 2013
Ref failed to spot the Wigan player's challenge on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara
Monday 25 March 2013
With the domestic sport’s downtime between the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals exacerbated by cancellations, postponements and congealingly cold weather, there was at least one piece of warming news today. It concerned the improved condition of J T McNamara, the Irish amateur who fractured two neck vertebrae in a fall at Cheltenham 12 days ago.
Saturday 23 March 2013
To think that some of these jockeys will be riding in Dubai next weekend.
Thursday 21 March 2013
The start of a new turf season on the Flat should be a cheerful rite of spring, but Town Moor today is as likely to prove white as green. It is almost as though winter is raging against the coming of the light. With snow forecast this morning, and more overnight, inspections have duly been scheduled for both days of the meeting.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
They might have trailed behind Quevega or Sprinter Sacre but a number of horses enhanced their reputations in defeat at Cheltenham. Chris McGrath selects those to follow
Tuesday 19 March 2013
Carl Ikeme hurt himself in frustration after an uncharacteristic mistake
Monday 18 March 2013
Having anticipated last week for so long, some Cheltenham diehards will be appalled to discover that a new Flat season opens at Doncaster on Friday. Others, however, will recognise that so rich a banquet can only really be followed by a total change of taste – even if Town Moor is set to provide conditions better suited to steeplechasing.
Thursday 14 March 2013
A look ahead to the final day at the Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday 12 March 2013
A police officer who won a national award for bravery has been jailed after abusing his position to have sex with a vulnerable woman.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Assistant who prepared last year's champion hurdler defends title as successful rookie trainer
Sunday 03 March 2013
If there was a tip for the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, it was perhaps that punters may have to rethink anything that has gone into the formbook so far. After one of the wettest winters on record racecourses have finally started to dry out, and the afternoon's richest contest promptly went to a horse who had not yet troubled a judge this season on soft, soggy ground.
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