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Bog Warrior ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse

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With its intimations of resilience, both against present travails and past caricature, he bears the perfect name for an Irish "banker" at Cheltenham. More pertinently, however, Bog Warrior's christening contains a literal significance that may ultimately disqualify him from that role. For after a sensational performance at Fairyhouse yesterday, his trainer indicated that conditions would have to be a good deal muddier than usual if he is to end up at the Festival in March. Regardless, this is unmistakably a new star in the jumping firmament, with the clear potential to prove the best horse ever to have entered the canny supervision of Tony Martin.

Philip Hobbs races the fancied Fingal Bay at Sandown today - 'his biggest test so far,' according to the trainer

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Already disparaged as inferior to a crop that has barely begun its own journey to the same race, last season's novice chasers today vest their wounded pride in one who was himself damned with faint praise even when winning the RSA Chase. The success of Bostons Angel at Cheltenham last March was immediately dismissed as gutsy opportunism, the eventual protagonists having staggered up the hill as though abashed by their inferiority to rivals who had variously run below form, or failed to get round.

Osborne's 'boost' fails to re-energise Battersea

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Toby Booth, the London Irish head coach, expressed his ambition to be considered for the England team manager position after his team's 21-17 victory over Wasps on Saturday.

O'Driscoll out of the Six Nations

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has been ruled out of the Six Nations and will be out of action for up to six months as he has decided to undergo surgery on the neck and shoulder injury that has plagued him for almost a year.

Irish's Delon Armitage tackles Bath's Tom Biggs around the neck on Saturday

Armitage's arm and Hape's hand leave Bath bubbling

London Irish 12 Bath 13

Oxx plunges into deeper waters with Born To Sea

The unsparing expectations preceding Born To Sea have been somewhat modified since the coruscating performance of another Irish colt, Camelot, at Doncaster last weekend. Nonetheless, many will be hoping that the three-parts brother to Sea The Stars can pick up the gauntlet when he makes his own second start at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Ruby Walsh: the Irish jockey faces a 10-day suspension if he re-offends, under the strict, new anti-whip regime

Walsh may steer clear of England after falling foul of new whip rule

Although yesterday's domestic racing passed without the stewards at the jump meetings at Aintree and Wincanton having to invoking any of the harsh new penalties for misuse of the whip, they are part of a debate that has yet to be resolved.

Delon Armitage of London Irish dives over to score a try during the LV=Cup match against Newcastle Falcons at The Madejski

Armitage and Hape shine in Irish win

London Irish 39 Newcastle 23

After 14 years - and 14 No 1s - the 'boys' from Westlife call it a day

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Captain Morgan in bullish mood for homecoming

Two Irishmen have captained England in international cricket. The feeling is that Eoin Morgan may well prove more durable than either Sir Timothy Carew O'Brien or Frederick Fane.

Hockey: Middleton double relieves England

Two goals from captain Barry Middleton helped England get their European title defence off to a winning start with a 4-2 victory over Ireland in Monchengladbach. Middleton's first put England ahead for the first time in the match while his second late in the game relieved the pressure that had been building following John Jermyn's penalty corner goal ten minutes from time.

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