Favourite beaten after 420 days out with injury as 66-1 shot claims galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdles at Cheltenham
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Sunday 11 March 2012
Porter's treatment by newspaper shows criticism of switched allegiances is fuelled by hypocrisy
Sunday 11 March 2012
One of the classiest jumpers ever seen, he has made being a marathon man sexy and can rewrite the record books at the Festival
Sunday 26 February 2012
On The Road To 2012: Postcard from Shanghai
Sunday 18 December 2011
Nicholls sees his peerless hurdler win again and is confident Kauto Star can deliver on Boxing Day
Wednesday 14 December 2011
While it seems by no means obvious that a change of jockey might provide the necessary impetus, it is certainly time for some kind of fresh start for a horse who arrived at the Cheltenham Festival last March as one of the hottest favourites of the week. Time For Rupert goes to Newbury today with his career at an unmistakable crossroads.
Monday 28 November 2011
With racing historically the best-documented of all sports, it is perhaps no surprise that records and milestones hold particular fascination. The calendar that preceded the modern formbook has detailed the achievements of the thoroughbred since 1727, the stud book has recorded the development of the breeds since 1790. Together, the two provide a treasury of information.
Sunday 12 December 2010
The clearest indication yet that the hurdling order is changing came as Menorah, one of last season's best novices, galloped to favouritism for the Cheltenham Festival crown with an authoritative display that surprised even his trainer, Philip Hobbs, in its execution. The gelding, ridden by Richard Johnson, produced a hitherto unseen burst of acceleration to cut down his rivals.
Thursday 02 December 2010
Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah won European Championship titles just 40 minutes apart on a memorable July night in Barcelona, now the golden pair have landed the prestigious British Athletics Writers' Association athlete of the year awards for 2010.
Saturday 20 March 2010
After any victory, the winning trainer inevitably and quite rightly pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the game, those who look after horses day in, day out back home. But this week's best effort by the unseen brigade was on the racecourse; for the award step forward Mark Weeks and the staff from Alan King's stable, whose teamwork saved the life of the hurdler Trenchant. Though unplaced in the Pertemps Final, the five-year-old had given his all on the track and returned to the unsaddling enclosure staggering grotesquely in his exhaustion. Weeks and his colleagues almost bullied the gelding to stay upright, shouting to keep his mind focused and poured buckets of cold water over him until the crisis passed.
Monday 01 February 2010
Wednesday 20 August 2008
In the final event of the evening in Beijing, Jamaica's Melaine Walker won gold in the 400m hurdles in a new Olympic record of 52.64s.
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