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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.

Madison squares Pipe circle

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Trabolgan shines in school report

Poor old Nicky Henderson is really struggling, now that Mick Fitzgerald has finally packed up. His new stable jockey, Barry Geraghty, is limping along at a strike-rate of one-in-three, and Henderson could scrape together only the five winners last Saturday. The three at Ascot were all ridden by Geraghty, while yesterday the new partnership also made a perfect start to the Hennessy Gold Cup meeting, one of the biggest of the year here at Henderson's local track.

Costello ready to get into Character

No one is more aware of the perils of a jockey's profession than a jockey himself. And Dougie Costello, counting the days until his plum ride on Character Building in Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup, is counting no chickens. "It's only Tuesday," he said yesterday. "In our terms, it's still a long time to go until the Hennessy, so right now I'm thinking more about Wetherby tomorrow. But fingers crossed I make it. To ride a horse like that in a race like that will just be such a pleasure."

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Faced with the problem of rocketing demand and a limited growing area, the fiercely protective guardians of France's Champagne region have settled upon a simple solution – extending the boundaries within which the wine can be produced.

High spirits in cognac

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Kicking King returns with honour intact

Experience has taught trainers to view the treatment of tendon injuries in steeplechasers as the equivalent of using glue or sticky tape on a snapped elastic band. Every now and then, however, their patience will be rewarded with the sort of comeback that yesterday introduced fresh substance to a possibility that had seemed to stretch credulity to the limit – that Kicking King could yet retrieve the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Hourigan puts Hi Cloy on Aintree path

The Grand National beckons for one of Ireland's evergreen characters, Hi Cloy, after a determined success at Thurles yesterday. And an endorsement of his chances came not only from his trainer, Michael Hourigan, but also from someone who has already been there, done that at Aintree. "Ginger McCain tried to buy him," said Hourigan. "I had Amberleigh House in his early days, before Ginger did, and Hi Cloy is much better than him."

Russell perfect for stealth test on Abragante

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Supreme Prince earned his owner a regal reward and handed his handler his hundredth victory of the season with an impressive triumph in the £100,000 Vodafone Gold Cup at Newbury yesterday.

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