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Will Kennedy will not be on board Time For Rupert at Newbury

Time for a fresh pair of hands to revive Rupert

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Carruthers gets a kiss from jockey Mattie Batchelor after their Hennessy win

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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.

Menorah's a young master

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.

Ennis and Farah scoop accolades

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.

Cheltenham Diary: Trenchant teamwork proves a lifesaver after worrying wobble

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.

Superb Ennis beats world's best hurdlers at own game

British heptathlete's great start to the year continues with victory over Lolo Jones

Bronze for hurdler Danvers

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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