Sport Sire De Grugy's star is rising: five wins from his last six starts

The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.

Playing catch-up: Somersby (right) chases down Forpadydeplasterer to win the Grade 1 contest at Ascot and end a barren run for Henrietta Knight

Somersby brings a ray of sunshine

Knight back in the big time as gelding makes a mark at last to land the Victor Chandler Chase

Paul Nicholls has Kauto Star in line for the Gold Cup

Rainbow may reach for stars with gold (and Kauto) at end

With 64 days to go, the countdown to the Gold Cup can officially start. The entries were made yesterday, 34 of them, and all the names that should be there are there, with no ghastly errors of omission. Kauto Star, already the first horse to regain the Cheltenham crown, can go for a unique three in five years; his great rival Long Run can try to redeem his reputation as the future of this particular branch of the sport.

Something For The Weekend: 31/12/2011

It's squeaky bum time for...

Mancini's Man City

Having seen a five-point lead over Manchester United evaporate, Roberto Mancini's men face could travel to Sunderland tomorrow three points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Ruby Walsh gazes adoringly at Kauto Star who laps up the acclaim at Kempton Park yesterday

James Lawton: Vintage Kauto Star gets better with age and makes everyone feel young again

He defined himself once again. It bestowed the thrill of being in the presence of greatness

Kauto Star is too good for Long Run alongside him and the rest of the King George VI field

Kauto Star seals place in chasing firmament

Nicholls' veteran regains King George VI crown from Long Run with record fifth win

Diamond Harry clears the last to win the 2010 Hennessy at Newbury

Diamond can sparkle in company of legends

No matter what the heart says, one look at the odds is enough to make the head hopelessly confused.

Sam Waley-Cohen on Long Run (left) jumps alongside Kauto Star (Tony McCoy) before winning last season

Chris McGrath: Long Run haunted by a ghost of Christmas past

Inside Track: Boxing Day history beckons after a star is reborn in legendary four-time winner Kauto

Fingal Bay leads a classy novice crop

When Simonsig coasted up to challenge Fingal Bay at Sandown yesterday, it seemed clear that a new star was about to announce himself. The twist was that the star was Fingal Bay.

The Gold Cup winner Long Run returns at Haydock today
Paul Nicholls, the trainer hopes to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup for the first time with Mon Parrain

Mon Parrain the Power play for Nicholls

Cheltenham racecourse, it was announced yesterday, is to be one of the stop-off points for the Olympic torch next May, early in its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey round Britain from Land's End to London. Before that, of course, there will be plenty to light up the Gloucestershire track that has become synonymous with jump racing's best. And with the Flat season's international finale, the Breeders' Cup, now in the form book the focus here is firmly on those who may, even at this early stage, be identified as medal hopes for next year's Festival.

Tim Walker: A new film-star image for the CofE

The are surely few PR coups as substantial as being played by an attractive actor on screen

Henrietta Knight: The trainer saw Somersby enjoy a first success for nearly two years at Kempton

Somersby back with a bang for Knight

The search for something to challenge Long Run for top chasing honours this season, which began in earnest when Weird Al and Time For Rupert left their rivals behind at Wetherby on Saturday, continued yesterday at Kempton, with a long-overdue victory for the talented Somersby, and will do so again this afternoon at Exeter, where Arkle Trophy hero Captain Chris is among a clutch of last term's talented novices returning to action.

Charlton must wait with Bated Breath

One of the leading fancies for next week's Nunthorpe Stakes, Bated Breath, is at risk of missing the York's Group One sprint feature after bruising a foot. The progressive four-year-old, who beat all bar Dream Ahead in the July Cup at Newmarket, is 7-1, challenging for third favouritism, in most lists to take the Coolmore-sponsored prize.

Mighty mare Midday faces high noon at York

Cecil's female champion to take on the equine big boys in the Juddmonte as owner Abdullah mounts twin bid

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