Sport Knock out: Knockara Beau (right) reels in Big Buck’s at the final obstacle of the Cleeve Hurdle to beat the marathon specialist on his return from injury

Favourite beaten after 420 days out with injury as 66-1 shot claims galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdles at Cheltenham

Our Conor won the Triumph Hurdle by a stunning 15 lengths

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Cheltenham has had its share of hard-luck stories over the years, but probably nothing to compare with the fate endured by Jane Mangan in yesterday’s Foxhunter Chase.

Tony McCoy breaks duck in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdl

The 17-times champion jockey toyed with African Gold on the long run to the final flight

Cheltenham Festival: Ted Veale reels in Tennis Cap

Tony Martin and Bryan Cooper teamed up for their second Cheltenham winner in two days

Bryan Cooper guides Our Conor over the last to victory in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival: Our Conor runs away with Triumph Hurdle

The 4-1 shot, ridden by Bryan Cooper, bounded clear from the second-last

AP McCoy

Cheltenham Festival: AP McCoy makes late switch of mounts for Gold Cup

The champion jockey was down to ride JP McManus' horse Sunnyhill Boy but will now ride Sir Des Champs

Sir Des Champs, who won at the Cheltenham Festival last year under Davy Russell

Postcard from... Milan

Over the years any number of things have helped the billionaire mogul and three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi avoid serious convictions. The statute of limitations, the glacial speed of Italian justice and Mr Berlusconi’s own self-serving law changes are obvious examples.

Ruby Walsh won three races, including the Champion Hurdle on the Irish-trained Hurricane Fly

James Lawton: Glittering Ruby Walsh warms hearts and minds to confirm his brilliant legacy

Trainer takes his place in Festival history as 2011 victor recaptures the Champion Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival: Cause Of Causes value to gatecrash the winner's tent in Festival opener

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First Avenue was a first winner of the season for both his trainer, Laura Mongan, and jockey, Nathan Adams

Avenue leads to relative riches

With jump racing's richest week looming and the most powerful stables in Britain and Ireland poised to do battle for more than £6 million in purses, there was a timely reminder yesterday that success is relative.

Funeral held for Oscar Pistorius girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

A tearful funeral was held today for model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp, with mourners calling for a harsh penalty for her boyfriend, Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with her murder.

The Big Six: Nicaraguan beach retreats

Pristine sands, golden shores, sea turtles, luxury wellness, fun surf and seafood shacks

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced for PC and ‘high-end’ platforms

CD Projekt confirms 2014 release of the studio's final game in the Witcher series.

Jump lead: Nico de Boinville (right) on Carruthers moves ahead of Shaking Hands to win the West Wales National

Medinas reigns supreme for Alan King

Wayne Hutchinson springs surprise at Ffos Las as trainer's favoured Balder Succes trails in eighth

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